Daphne Utilities: Rob McElroy
2009 revenue: $14 million
CEO: Rob McElroy
Provides wastewater, natural-gas, and water services for the city of Daphne, Alabama.
At the nonprofit Daphne Utilities, employees have a bank of leave days they can use as they see fit—including contributing days to a co-worker who needs them. The company allows employees with divergent job descriptions to split their duties for all kinds of personal reasons—for example, a receptionist works part time as a meter reader because she likes being out in the sunshine.