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

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Jim Barfield, CEO and President

Luke & Associates 

Merritt Island, Florida

No. 3

2009 Revenue: $37.5 million

Three-Year Growth: 16,636.55%

When probed for the secret to Luke & Associates' speedy growth, Barfield modestly joked that, "even a blind squirrel gets an acorn every now and then," but in truth a great deal of planning went into building his company, which provides medical staffing, and military contracting services. Barfield took a year before he even bid on a single contract, in the meantime, he assembled accounting and IT systems designed to keep overhead to a minimum. When the company finally made a bid, they landed a substantial part of a $1.9 billion contract.