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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee: Douglas Dunlap, Accounting '74


Douglas Dunlap
President and Majority Owner
Syntech Systems, Inc
2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Douglas Dunlap is Syntech System’s president and majority owner, a position he has held since the company’s inception in 1989. During that time, Syntech has experienced unprecedented success in all phases of business operations, a success Dunlap attributes to a company-wide dedication to complete satisfaction for its customers. With almost 190 employees, the Tallahassee-based company is a leader in the fueling automation industry and its revenues have exceeded $450 million since inception.

Dunlap’s background includes more than 35 years’ experience in the U.S. Department of Defense Contracting arena, as well as experience in computer technology development serving the fueling automation industry. His broad experience includes senior management positions in retailing, trucking, financial services and manufacturing.

Syntech Systems specializes in automated fuel management systems and munitions support equipment. Its operations include engineering design, systems integration, independent research and development, and product manufacturing.

One of its main products, FuelMaster, was designed for worldwide use by the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force's design specifications required that the system be user maintainable through the use of modular components and remote diagnostics support over voice grade telephone lines. The Air Force now counts FuelMaster as one of its most successful programs. The same design features that led to a successful Air Force program have resulted in FuelMaster being the specified system for all of the Department of Defense, and also has led to success in the commercial market. Syntech began selling commercially after the design and production of the FuelMaster FMU2000 series unit in 1988. Since then, the company has remained on the cutting edge of technology with significant innovative developments in the fuel management field.

Under Dunlap’s leadership, Syntech supports 29 Departments of Transportation across the country, 6,000 customers worldwide, 2.6 million vehicles daily and more than 13,600 fueling locations. Most recently, the company was awarded a $10.3 million contract to install a monitoring system for vehicles used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency within the Department of Homeland Security. The work extends from the southern United States from California to Texas, with sites in Georgia and Puerto Rico.

 A Tallahassee native and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Dunlap graduated from Florida State in 1974 with a degree in accounting and successfully completed the CPA examination in 1982. He began his career at Wayne H. Coloney Company as controller and as general manager in 1976 and in 1987 became president of the company, which was known as HCI Systems Inc. In 1989, he formed Syntech Systems and acquired HCI.

Widely considered an expert in his field, Dunlap has taught business management and engineering management at the university level at the College of Business and the FSU College of Engineering, as well as the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He also has served as speaker on the dynamics of the technology company for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce on numerous occasions and growth at the Fort Walton Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Dean Search and Selection Committee for the FSU College of Engineering and as a member and chair of the college’s Industrial Advisory Committee and was formerly on the Industrial Advisory Committee for the college’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has leadership positions in professional organizations, including the National Petroleum Management Association and the American Defense Preparedness Association

Dunlap and Syntech have been ardent and generous supporters of FSU and the College of Business. In 2013, he presented a check for $500,000 to help launch the college’s campaign for Legacy Hall and establish the Syntech Systems Student Incubator Suite in the new building. He also provided a $50,000 gift to create the Douglas Dunlap Scholar Award, which funds summer research for a faculty member in the Department of Marketing. He has been a member of the Seminole Boosters since 1975 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors. A generous supporter of FSU, he is a member of the Edward Conradi Society Honor Roll of Donors in the President’s Club and a Vires, Artes, Mores donor recognition society honoree.

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