Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> August 20, 2001

Dickerson Wright – U.s. Laboratories Inc (uslb)

DICKERSON WRIGHT is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Wright has a degree in Civil Engineering. In 1974 ' 1976 he managed the onsite Civil Engineering Laboratory for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Construction Project. He started his first company, Western States Testing, in Modesto, California, in 1976 with a $500 investment. The company grew to 10 employees and was sold in 1979 to United States Testing Company, a publicly traded company headquartered in New Jersey. As an executive with U.S. Testing, he grew his former company, Western States Testing, to over 200 employees. In 1985 he was promoted to Group Vice President of U.S. Testing and was given national operating responsibilities. He left U.S. Testing in 1987 and acquired a 50% interest in American Engineering Laboratories in San Diego. The company grew from 35 employees to over 200 in 1990. In 1990 he sold the company to Professional Services Industries, headquartered in Illinois. He became Executive Vice President and a member of the operating Board. He was responsible for western operations. He left Professional Services Industries (PSI) in 1993 to found U.S. Laboratories. Mr. Wright took the company public with its initial public offering on February 23, 1999. U.S. Laboratories now has wholly owned subsidiaries in California, Nevada, Washington, Virginia, Florida and New Jersey. The company has had 28 consecutive quarters of profitability and has approximately 500 full-time employees. Profile
TWST: Could we begin with a brief historical sketch of U.S. Laboratories

Inc. and an overview of the company as it is now?

Mr. Wright: U.S. Laboratories is an engineering quality control