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SHI’s Thai Lee On The Five Things That Contributed To Her Success

C.J. Fairfield

‘I’ve had more chances to fail than to succeed,’ says Thai Lee, president and CEO of SHI International

Thai Lee has overcome many obstacles in her life, but that hasn’t stopped her from going after what she wants. In fact, facing adversity has only fueled her to work harder.

“I’ve had more chances to fail than to succeed,” she said.

Lee has served as the only president and CEO, and co-founder, of Somerset, New Jersey-based global solution provider SHI International, which is recognized as the largest minority and woman-owned business enterprise in the United States.

Coming out of the pandemic, SHI International, which is No. 12 on CRN’s 2021 Solution Provider 500, brought in a record-breaking $12.3 billion in revenue in 2021, growing 10 percent over 2020. Heading a growing company with 5,000 employees worldwide, Lee has no plans of slowing down.

Lee participated in Dell Technologies Women’s Partner Network Partnering in Leadership series this week to talk about her path to success as well as being a woman in a male-dominated industry.

From feeling like an outsider to using her father’s story as a driver for her own success, here are Thai Lee’s five secrets to leadership success.

CJ Fairfield

CJ Fairfield is an associate editor at CRN covering solution providers, MSPs and distributors. Prior to joining CRN, she worked at daily newspapers, including The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey and The Frederick News-Post in Maryland. She can be reached at

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