30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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2000: Parson Group
Chicago

1999 Revenue: $56.2 million
Three-Year Growth: 27,992%

Parson Group, a consulting firm that provides financial expertise to big companies, topped the Inc. charts the year the dot-com bubble was beginning to burst. On the company’s success, Dan Weinfurter, Parson’s CEO, was blunt. "There are tons of opportunities out there," he told Inc. in 2000. "What we've done well is pick the right ones." In 2002, Parson was sold to Management Consulting Group.