Van Etten joined this family operation in 2004, when his father, Bill, turned it from a consulting firm into a supply chain integrator for the defense industry. After his father's unexpected death the following year, Van Etten took over the company, and within a year, doubled its revenue. Brighton Cromwell stands out, thanks to highly automated distribution services. "Rather than going to hundreds of different companies for 180 parts, why not go to one company?" Van Etten says.