It was Hardiman, a business consultant at the time, who assisted Rachmale in forming his first engineering company, Lakeshore Engineering Services (LES) in 1994. As an African American with roots in Detroit, he was able to assist Rachmale, a native of India with the ins and outs of Detroit politics and introduce him to potential business associates.
Hardiman, a retired Detroit firefighter and Wayne State University business school graduate, and Rachmale, a graduate of Wayne State’s Master of Engineering program made a good team back then, and their relationship has never wavered. Tom worked with Rachmale at his first company, LES for 8 years before leaving to establish his own firm, A and H Contractors which is now operated by other family members and Staff.
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