Solomon “RC” Ali is a Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia-based CEO of several high-ranking companies. He’s become a prominent voice and influence in helping minorities secure their intellectual property, raise funding for startups, bring products to market and scale their businesses. He’s now turned his attention to smart home automation accessibility and raising much needed funds for life-changing church ministries.
Aside from Solomon Ali’s company, Revolutionary Concepts, holding sixteen live and active patents and his North Carolina energy company, NDR Energy Group, consistently making Black Enterprise’s Top 100 list, his latest project, SYS Smart Home Technology (a subsidiary Revolutionary Concepts) has launched a community church initiative to increase accessibility to smart home technology and security, while subsidizing lifechanging church ministries throughout the U.S.
We sat down with Mr. Ali for a conversation about his success in the technology and energy industries and his goal of helping churches to raise funds while providing smart home services to their congregants.
Allison: You are the CEO of Revolutionary Concepts, which currently sub-licenses technology patents out to some pretty well-known companies. How did those licensing deals come about?
Solomon “RC” Ali: I am the CEO of several companies, REVO [Revolutionary Concepts] being one. These licenses come through our exclusive licensee, EyeTalk 365. ET identifies licensing opportunities and as well as furthers the IP buildout of our portfolio. We receive royalties based on agreements generated via ET.
Allison: One of your other companies, NDR Energy Group, is one of the largest minority owned companies in the United States. After taking the reins of NDR, you grew the company from $16 million to $70 million in sales revenue. What can other minority business owners learn from your success that they can apply to their own businesses?
Solomon “RC” Ali: Business owners can learn the importance of the contribution that minorities make in business and society. Not only for ourselves, but others as well. We bring new ideas and a different perspective, and that should be valued. A fresh marketing approach and proper contracts are key. Also, being diversified is important, so that we aren’t encumbered to government or regulated business. While this may be where many minority companies receive their leg up, it is not where the money is made. Our focus follows my belief that profits can be found in doing business in the commercial and private sectors.
Allison: Another one of your companies, which is under Revolutionary Concepts’ umbrella, is SYS Smart Home Technology. People are now using smart home technology to operate everything from their alarm systems to their doorbells. Can you tell me a bit about how you are making this type of technology available to everyday Americans?
Solomon “RC” Ali: Typically, a customer interested in this type of technology pays for the inventory, monitoring, and installation up front. At SYS Smart Marketing, we provide the equipment for free with our monitoring services. There are no upfront costs. In some cases, the homeowner may choose professional installation over DIY. The value of the equipment in our packages exceeds the offering of many regional and national providers. Our business model allows customers of many socioeconomic backgrounds the ability to afford the convenience, and peace of mind, that these products offer, and it is from established and well-known manufacturers.
Allison: Tell me about SYS Smart Home Technology’s recently launched community and church initiative?
Solomon “RC” AliThe Community Partnership Program is a partnership between local churches and SYS Smart Marketing to provide funding for important, life changing ministries, as well as smart home technology and safe homes while also giving churches the funds they need to help sustain important ministries. The systems are free for church members with monthly monitoring contracts. A substantial percentage of the fee is offered to the church ministry of their choice.
Allison: How can people sign up for this new community and church initiative?
Solomon “RC” Ali: They may sign up through their churches. Churches may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a part of this initiative.