Top Ten Heroes of the American Economy

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#1. Universal Services of America: 17,330 jobs created

Santa Ana, Calif.
Co-CEOs: Steve Jones and Brian Cescolini

With more than 20,000 employees, Universal Services of America is one of the largest providers of security and janitorial services in the country. To help foster the leadership skills of the company’s janitors and security guards, co-CEOs Jones and Cescolini launched Universal University, an internal training program for employees with management potential. “We’re creating leaders,” says Jones. “If we don’t promote them fast enough, we’ll end up losing them."