Elise Hernandez


Ideal Systems Solutions




Elise Hernandez just made it big. Her company, Minnetonka-based Ideal Systems Solutions, was one of 65 firms recently awarded a stake in a $20 billion, 10-year federal contract for information technology. The award was the largest ever given to a Minnesota firm owned by a Hispanic woman. She’s in good company—AT&T, Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard share in the award. Hernandez expects to nearly double her head count with the new business—from 35 to about 60—and says the award could lead to hundreds of millions in new revenue over the next decade.