SHI International has its roots back in 1989 when then husband and wife, Leo Koguan and Thai Lee, decided to purchase a small technology company that Koguan was working for called Leutek, whose software division was very small but had two very big customers, AT&T and IBM.
The pair purchased SHI (Software House International) for a mere $1 million, with the couple’s savings and a few small loans. Although the couple got divorced in 2002, they remain partners in the business.
SHI is one of the top 15 largest providers of IT solutions, with 3,500 employees across 30+ offices in around the world, including the United States, Canada, France, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. The company boasts numerous clients such as Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, as well as Boeing and Dun & Bradstreet.
The company had annual revenue in 2017 of $8.5 billion. This makes Lee’s company not only one of the largest woman-owned companies but a minority-owned company as well.
In 2016, the company acquired Eastridge, which is a Microsoft services provider.
SHI launched AWS Support Services for public cloud and forecasts, managing over $1 billion in customers’ Microsoft cloud assets in the first quarter of 2017.
In late 2017, SHI achieved Managed Service Provider Partner status from Amazon Web Services.
In addition to business products and services, the company has an active eCommerce site which offers hardware and software items to consumers, such as cable, cameras, monitors, computers, tablets, laptops, storage devices, printers and anti-virus software.
In an interview with Forbes, Lee says that she believes her company’s sales will reach $10 billion by 2019. The company has been doubling in size every year for the last 10 years, but Lee says she isn’t interested in taking on a partner, although that has been discussed.
SHI International has headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey and employs more than 3,500 persons.