This episode of the YB2C Live! podcast is the third in this year’s February Black History Month “Legacy Entrepreneur” Series. Our guest this week is Sharon Madison, CEO of Madison Madison International. Madison Madison International is an engineering and architectural consulting firm, which was founded by her father, Julian C. Madison, and uncle in Cleveland, Ohio in 1954. Her Uncle and Father themselves built on the legacy of their father, Robert James Madison, one of the first African-American architectural engineers in the United States.
Sharon tells the fascinating story of how her grandfather, her father Julian C. Madison, and her uncles, Robert and Bernard, grew the company into a prolific design firm working throughout the United States and internationally in the areas of airport construction, infrastructure, mass transportation, multifamily housing, office and church buildings, roads and bridges, and water and wastewater treatment plants.
Sharon took over the company in 1989 after the death of her father, becoming one of the few women owners of such firms, and the only Black woman to own her own building in downtown Detroit, the Julian C. Madison Building.
Expounding on her current projects and the continued growth of her company and the diversity of tenants in her building, Sharon’s reflects on the extraordinary growth of business in Detroit. Sharon’s story is an inspiring one that demonstrates the power of a legacy in Detroit.
For more information on Sharon Madison and Madison Madison International:
Julian C. Madison Building
1420 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48226
P: (313) 963-6110
F: (313) 963-4290
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