The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Companies by Growth Rate

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Jere Thompson, CEO

Ambit Energy

Dallas

No. 1

2009 Revenue: $325 million

Three-Year Growth: 20,369.42%

Thompson's company Ambit Energy, an electricity and natural gas provider, has grown quickly because he keeps a keen eye on overhead and makes shrewd decisions. Thompson initially set up shop in an old warehouse building because he wanted to pour all his money into hiring a strong team. Friends cautioned him that everyone would think the company didn't have any money, to which he replied, "the smart people will get it, don't worry about anybody else."