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Engineering Firm Demonstrates Power of Family

A family-owned business is on its third generation

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    Dallas engineering firm Dikita Enterprises is grooming its third generation.

    A Dallas engineering firm is true testament to the power of "family."

    Erika Warren, 18, is still a senior in high school, but she is already learning the ropes at the 30-year-old firm.

    Engineering Firm Demonstrates Power of Family

    [DFW] Engineering Firm Demonstrates Power of Family
    Erika Warren is still in high school, but she's already learning the ropes at Dikita Enterprises. (Published Monday, Feb 23, 2009)

    It helps that her grandfather, Lucious L. Williams, the president and CFO of Dikita Enterprises, heads the company. His second-in-command is her mother, Eve Williams.

    "I think I'm very fortunate, because other people don't have these kinds of opportunities," Warren said. "I have a set job opportunity; I know what I'm going to do."

    Her grandfather said he had a vision, too, when he started the business.

    "I was convinced that I wanted to be a millionaire, and I was convinced that I could be a millionaire," he said.

    Williams started the firm in Milwaukee, but came to Dallas after he and his daughter determined Dallas would be a great place to launch this kind of business.

    At the time, Eve Williams was a student at the University of Texas at Arlington. She said she is proud of what they've accomplished.

    "For a professional engineering firm to exist for 30 years, an African-American firm, is just unprecedented," Williams said.

    She and her father said they hope it continues for a few more decades with the next generation.

    "That would be the legacy that I would like to leave -- that it would go from myself to my daughter, to my granddaughter," the elder Williams said.