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Gray Hawk Systems

"What it does: Develops data analysis systems for organizations that monitor travel reservations, credit card records, etc., for terrorist activity. Why it's growing: A multimillion-dollar FBI contract. High flier: CEO Pete Howton's first company, Kestrel Associates, made the Inc. 500 from 1993 through 1995. When he left that company after a disagreement with a co-owner, Howton started Gray Hawk and named it "after a bird that could eat a kestrel for lunch." In May, Howton, a disabled vet, sold Gray Hawk for $100 million — and started yet another defense contractor: Kingfisher."

2005 STATISTICS

Rank:451

3-year growth:318%

2004 Revenue:$69.4 million

2001 Revenue:$16.6 million

Web site:grayhawksystems.com

Employees:453

 

Founded:0

Location:Alexandria, VA

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PREVIOUS INC. 5000 RANKINGS

2004

184

2003

191

2002

428

2001

277