50 Most Admired Companies of the Year 2016

Here is The New Face of Leadership: Succeed to Lead


“We stand on a simple, yet impressive motto “Your success is our success!”

COL (Ret) Byron L. Cherry, Sr., founded Succeed to Lead, LLC in 2007. As CEO, he is responsible for corporate, strategic and business planning, financial management oversight, and corporate business outreach. Succeed to Lead provides a broad range of consulting services in Financial Management to include all areas of Budget Analysis and Budget Execution, Information Technology, IT Portfolio Management, Cyber Security, Program/Project Management, Human Resource Management and Training the Department of Defense, other federal agencies and state and local governments. It aims to please its clients from a position of strength, and as a leader in its profession.

The company has effectively built and developed solid relationships with clients such as DoD; DHS;HQ Marine Corps, Programs & Resources Pentagon; HQ Marine Corps Combat Development Command; HQ Marine Corps Systems Command; USSOCOM (US Special Operations Command); TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command); Fort Eustis; Small Business Administration (SBA) and many organizations.

The company is committed to serving as a force for integrity, good sense, and wise solutions to the problems facing organizations, large and small. It supports and serves customers in DoD, Federal, State, and local governments as well as the private and public sectors. Succeed To Lead has managed to emerge victorious in these times of neck to neck competition and in fact, it doesn’t look at the fellow business owners as competitors.

Follow the Leader
Succeed To Lead offers the following services: Financial Management to include all areas of Budget Analysis and Budget Execution, Logistics and Logistics Management, Information Technology, IT Portfolio Management, Information Assurance and Cyber Security Training and Services, Program/Project Management and Training. The clients and customers benefit greatly from its services because the staff, employees and trainers are top-notch! The company is veteran friendly and 60% of its employees are retired or prior Military. So the clients and customers are getting the very best of the best when it comes to service and professionalism in its workers.

The Client Spectrum
The Founder’s Words: We are not limited to any particular area, agency or space. We constantly continue to let our clients and future customers know that we are Veteran-friendly. We constantly posit that “Employees with prior military service often bring keen insight, experience, and knowledge of our government customers’ needs and requirements”. This helps us develop better solutions for the most critical challenges. Today, we, Succeed To Lead, LLC (STL) have not only met, but have exceeded in being a successful enterprise.

The company’s honorable customers include US Army, US Army Cyber Center of Excellence, US Marine Corp Systems Command, United States Army Combined Arms Support Command (USACASCOM), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Small Business  Administration (SBA).

“Succeed to Lead (STL) has not only met but it has exceeded in being a successful enterprise. The company’s experts were assembled and organized in a manner that resulted in immediate positive results for this government customer. STL also showed diversity and depth in the company’s portfolio of support. The team has stepped up to every challenge presented. This has included development and management of senior level financial reports, Audit support, Training program package development, and Military Equipment Valuation management processes. STL has also stepped up to support the Marine Corps in development and leadership support to the processes between Marine Corps commands.” says, Steven E. Costa, Contract Officer Representative (COR), US Marine Corps Systems Command.

The Future Sight
The company will continue to focus on the current services that it offers. It has a strong niche in those areas and it will only pursue other areas of interest if it believes that it can make a strong impact in that particular service offering. The company says, “We cannot be all things to all people and this is how small businesses get in trouble.” They bite off more than they can chew and then realize that they cannot perform nor do the work that they may have just signed up for.

Meet the Chieftain

Colonel (Retired), Dr. Byron L. Cherry, Sr., President & CEO: Dr. Cherry is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. He began his professional career as a United States Army officer, serving 26 years of active service. Some of his key assignments included tours with the Chief Information Officer/G-6 (CIO/G-6) as Chief of Investment Strategy, Comptroller, US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Commander, Delta Company, 3/318th Infantry Regiment. He has been awarded the Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Jump Master / Master Parachutist Badge to name a few. Dr. Cherry has been awarded airborne wings from Australia, Canada, Greece, Mexico and the Master Parachutist Badge from Venezuela.

Dr. Cherry received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Norfolk State University; his Masters of Business Administration from Troy University; a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, DC, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“Our goal is to provide our clients with quality service coupled with a high level of professionalism and expertise.”