30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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2006: Litle & Co.
Lowell, Mass.

2005 Revenue: $34.8 million
Three-Year Growth: 5,629%

A 2006 profile of Tom Litle, founder of his namesake company, a credit card transaction firm, noted that he “is responsible for some of the commercial world's least sexy innovations,” including those three-digit numbers on the backs of credit cards and the back-end system by which mailers receive discounts from the U.S. Postal Service for presorting by mail route. In 2010, the company won a Stevie Award for eCommerce Customer Service.