With residents like Donald Duck and the ever-lovable Goofy, Orlando may best know as a hot spot for amusement. But with 33 companies on this year's Inc. 5000, this southern city is no slouch in the business arena.
With a diverse array of thriving companies--ranging from IT to obstacle course providers--the fourth-largest city in Florida has plenty to brag about. It's also home to the 2015 Inc. 5000 conference, which kicks off on Wednesday. This year the annual event boasts high-powered speakers including Zappos' Tony Hseih, Marcus Lemonis of The Profit and Shark Tank judge Robert Herjavec.
Here are the 10 fastest-growing companies in Orlando:
10. Synergy Settlement Services
No. 1,182 Synergy Settlement Services helps trial attorneys and their clients navigate the complexities of legal settlements, offering expertise in settlement planning and Medicare compliance, among other legal issues. Founded in 2010, the company has a three-year growth rate of 356 percent, and a 2014 revenue of $3.6 million. Synergy Settlement Services' CEO is Jason Lazarus.
9. Acomb Ostendorf & Associates
If you work with theme parks, what better place to be than the city that's home to some of the country's best? No. 977 Acomb Ostendorf & Associates works with "themed destinations," such as resorts, restaurants, and theme parks, to design and construct entertainment experiences. The travel and hospitality company has a three-year growth rate of 452 percent, and a 2014 revenue of $6.7 million. Founded in 2009, Acomb Ostendorf & Associates is led by co-founders Tom Acomb and Mike Ostendorf.
With a three-year growth rate of 505 percent, AMTIS is a provider of professional business services to government agencies. With $10.3 million in 2014 revenue, the eight-year-old company earned the No. 890 spot on this year's Inc. 5000 list. Retired U.S. Navy captain Barbara J. Stankowski is the CEO.
7. HNM Global Logistics
At No. 756, the transporation and logistics firm HNM Global Logistics covers all modes of domestic and international cargo transport, customs house brokerage, warehousing, and distribution. The four-year old company, led by CEO Tony McGee, has a three-year growth rate of 600 percent, and a 2014 revenue of $9.2 million.
6. Cables and Sensors
No. 377 Cables and Sensors manufactures and distributes patient monitor accessories, such as oxygen sensors and EKG cables, to hospitals worldwide. CEO Diego Orjuela founded the company in 2011 with only $100. That was then. In 2014, Cables and Sensors booked $2.5 million in revenue, achieving a three-year growth rate of 1,257 percent.
A technology solutions provider, Nextelligence primarily helps traditional brick and mortar businesses transition into the e-commerce world. With a three-year growth rate of 1,308 percent, the 16-year-old company grabbed No. 360 on this year's Inc. 5000. Led by CEO William Mobley, the company booked $2.5 million in revenue in 2014.
4. Loyal Source Government Services
No. 307 Loyal Source Government Services works with military branches and government agencies to provide them with health care, human resources, IT, and engineering services. Led by CEO/CFO Seth Eubank, the six-year-old company reeled in a whopping $89.6 million in revenue in 2014, and has a three-year growth rate of 1,507 percent.
3. Savage Race
Billing itself as the operator of the "world's best obstacles," No. 266 Savage Race hosts obstacle course races across the middle and eastern U.S. that feature extreme challenges, such as a 15-foot high dive and an approximately 43-foot tall climbing wall nicknamed "Colossus." Led by CEO Sam Abbitt, the four-year-old company has a three-year growth rate of 1,709 percent and a 2014 revenue of $3.8 million.
With a three-year growth rate of 2,310 percent, the more than 20-year-old IT company ISGF comes in at No. 180 on this year's Inc. 5000 list. ISGF supplies primarily major corporations with IT professionals who specialize in software, hardware, and Web products and services. The company booked $5.5 million in revenue in 2014, and is led by CEO Thomas Bryan.
1. DG3 Media Group
Earning the title of the fastest-growing company in Orlando on this year's Inc. 5000 list is No. 73 DG3 Media Group. The advertising and marketing company booked $8.1 million in revenue in 2014, and has a three-year-growth rate of 4,061 percent. Founded in 2010, DG3 Media Group's CEO is Joel Greenberg.