By Mike Lewis
Nine companies in the Crossroads Business Journal region were ranked on Inc. Magazine’s 2019 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the United States.
For the annual Inc. 5000, the magazine ranked U.S.-based, privately held companies according to percentage revenue growth from 2015 to 2018.
At the top of Inc.’s national list this year is Freestar, an advertising and marketing company based in Phoenix, Ariz. Founded in 2015, the company reported three-year growth of 36,680%. Total revenue in 2016 hit $36.9 million.
Triple Crown Construction, based in Frederick, Md., reported a three-year growth rate of 99% and ranked No. 3,548 on the Inc. list.
Company President Chris Rapp attributed the success to a number of factors, including team members who aligned in their passion and goals, a company culture that promotes both the company as a whole as well as each individual taking part, and an organizational strategy that allows each department to focus on their strengths and innovate in their respective roles.
“I’m proud of the entire Triple Crown Construction family. You always hear people say, ‘I couldn’t have done it without them,’ and in this case that’s truer than ever,” Rapp said in a news release. “Everyone at the company has worked hard and done their best, not just for us but for our customers. We’ve been so successful because we haven’t lost track of what we’re all here for: to help our clients and our community.”
Other Crossroads-area companies on the list offer a range of services, from business printing supplies to cybersecurity services to advertising that focuses on mature-market customers:
No. 978: American Print Consultants, Chambersburg, Pa.
Business: Delivers printing equipment, software and print consumables to companies that use wide-format inkjet technology
Leadership: Robert Almstrom, David Mee, partners
Three-year growth rate: 433%
2018 revenue: $6.6 million
No. 1,516: Mountain State Software Solutions, Ranson, W.Va.
Business: Software integration, portal, cloud and big data services for commercial and federal customers
Leadership: Aaron Weikle, CEO
Three-year growth rate: 273%
2018 revenue: $9 million
Other: The company previously made the list in 2016 and 2018
No. 2,517: Orases, Frederick, Md.
Business: Complex software development for business clients
Leadership: Nick Damoulakis, president
Three-year growth rate: 157%
2018 revenue: $4.1 million
Other: The company also made the list in 2018
No. 2,552: GRSi, Frederick, Md.
Business: Professional and technical services to federal, defense and intelligence clients, including IT infrastructure modernization, software engineering and technology assessment services
Leadership: David Affeldt, president and CEO
Three-year growth rate: 154%
2018 revenue: $53.4 million
Other: The company also made the list in 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018
No. 2,601: Edgewater Federal Solutions, Ijamsville, Md.
Business: Management of the IT lifecycle including program management, cybersecurity, engineering and operations
Leadership: Lorelie Yockman, CEO
Three-year growth rate: 150%
2018 revenue: $19.4 million
No. 2,723: STS International, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
Business: Engineering and technical services, along with enterprise logistics, training and simulation services to federal agencies
Leadership: David Morgan, founder and vice president of operations
Three-year growth rate: 141%
2018 revenue: $83.9 million
Other: The company also was on the Inc. 5000 list in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
No. 3,548 Triple Crown Construction, Frederick, Md.
Business: General contracting and construction services for the hospitality industry nationwide
Leadership: Chris Rapp, president
Three-year growth rate: 99%
2018 revenue: $20.5 million
No. 4,379: Immersion Active, Frederick, Md.
Business: Advertising and marketing services, specializing in the mature consumer demographic
Leadership: Joe Ford, senior digital strategist and president
Three-year growth rate: 69%
2018 revenue: $4.7 million
No. 4,804: Tapestry Technologies, Chambersburg, Pa.
Business: Cybersecurity services for the Department of Defense.
Leadership: Jacquie Sipes, founder and CEO
Three-year growth rate: 58%
2018 revenue: $25.4 million
Other: The company also made Inc. 5000 lists in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database, are available at www.inc.com/inc5000.