Paul Morrow

CGC, CMC, CRC, President & Founder

SDAC, a small business based in Selma, Alabama, has defied the odds. Paul Morrow, our owner and founder, was an invited guest to the State of Union Address in Washington, D.C. His other awards include a prestigious government business award in 2017 as SBA’s State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year Award.

President and Founder

Opportunity Now Summit. SDAC president Paul Morrow with Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, at the Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, N.C. in Feb. 2020.
Odds are against going from picking beans to running a multi- million-dollar company in a single generation, but Paul Morrow, president and founder of SDAC, a small business based in Selma, Alabama, has defied these odds, as he recently shook hands with the President of the United States in the Oval Office. Recently recognized in February 2020 as a panelist at an Opportunity Zone Summit in North Carolina and as an invited guest to the State of Union Address in Washington, D.C., Paul’s awards include a prestigious government business award in 2017 as SBA’s State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year Award.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) assesses nominees on company growth, increase in sales including net profit and net worth, innovation in products and services, and response to adversity and personal community service.  SBA Administrator Linda McMahon wrote: “Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your employees and community have helped you build an outstanding business that has strengthened your state’s economy. The SBA is pleased to celebrate your achievements and recognize your personal role in driving our nation’s economic growth . . . Congratulations on a well-deserved honor.”

Paul saw the Army as his ticket out and in 1979 he enlisted straight after high school graduation.

National Small Business Week. Morrow and daughter Nikki with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon at the 2017 National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony, Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Shannon Finney Photography
Unfortunately, his military career as a Tactical Wire Operations Specialist (rank SP4) assigned to the 3rd Battalion 33rd Armor was cut short by an untimely accident when he was seriously injured in a tank collision in Kirchgoens, Germany. Following an honorable discharge, Morrow headed to Florida to reinvent himself, learning A/C repair and opening SDAC in Homestead in 1985. He expanded the business to his hometown of Selma in 2014.

Since 2010, SDAC has grown exponentially. opening three new corporate offices since 2010, one in Huntsville, Alabama, and one near Washington, D.C. The phenomenal growth of SDAC has led to its recognition as one of the fastest-growing minority-owned small federal contractors in the country. SDAC has ventured into facilities maintenance, building maintenance and operations, grounds maintenance and landscaping, major capital improvement projects, design/build construction work, renovation and remodeling, and more. DBE-Certified by the Department of Transportation (DOT), SDAC’s experience includes civil construction services for DOT, municipalities, schools, and commercial sites throughout the States of Alabama and Florida. The company holds ongoing and completed service and construction contracts across the Southeast, as well as up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Paul and the SDAC Team continue to break new ground.

Edmond Pettus Bridge. The Historic Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Paul fuels his entrepreneurial spirit by continuing to grow SDAC as a contractor of excellence while giving back to his family and to the distressed communities of South Florida and Alabama’s Black Belt so near to his heart. Morrow’s recognition and awards showcase his passion for the troubled communities he calls home, Homestead and Selma, two of the most impoverished and dangerous cities in the country. SDAC allows Morrow to provide good jobs locally, a rarity in these communities. Today, SDAC employs over 200 total employees including dozens of residents in the economically distressed Central Alabama area and the company continues to grow.

In 2019, Morrow purchased land in an Opportunity Zone, investing in an impoverished region of Central Alabama. SDAC’s civil construction operations is based in this Montgomery, Alabama location.

Morrow proudly belongs to the Association of the U.S. Army and Veterans & Military Business Owners Association.

Morrow proudly belongs to the Association of the U.S. Army and Veterans & Military Business Owners Association. He is Commissioner Appointee to the Miami-Dade County Council serving over 20 years as a volunteer and mentors teens as well as returning service members in HVAC and entrepreneurship. Paul is licensed as a General and Mechanical Contractor in multiple states. In addition to work, Morrow enjoys making time for his three kids and extended family, hunting, fishing, spending time in nature, staying in shape, and he is an avid fan of the Miami Heat.

In the News

President Trump invites Alabama man to State of the Union

Alabama-native Paul Morrow, founder of SDAC, a minority-owned small federal contractor, will be a guest of President Donald Trump at the State of the Union Address Tuesday evening.

Homestead man goes from AC repair guy to CEO: No wonder he’s ‘small business person of the year’

Through hard work, smart business decisions converted a small air-conditioning business in Homestead into a multimillion-dollar enterprise operating in Florida and throughout the East Coast.

Working from Florida, having an impact across the East Coast

Interview with Paul about being honored as a Small Business Person of the Year honoree, showing his responses to a questionnaire sent by The Business Journals.

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