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

Kevin Cooley
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Jamie Arundell-Latshaw, CEO and President

Lexicon Consulting

El Cajon, California

No. 4

2009 Revenue: $14.4 million

Three-Year Growth: 14,017.74%

When Jamie Arundell-Latshaw and her husband Leroy started Lexicon Consulting, they each had distinguished military careers under their belts but they were green when it came to government contracting.  Lexicon offers linguistic and cultural training to U.S. troops about to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan; some training takes place in model villages such as the one pictured at left. Arundell-Latshaw says that it was word of mouth among the troops and a commitment to Lexicon's government clients that catapulted the business to success. "We went above and beyond and paid close attention to detail and the customer appreciated that," she says.