"What it does: Buys land in southern Wisconsin, retires a portion (50% on average) as permanent green space, gets approval for homebuilding on the rest, and then sells it to builders. Why it's growing: The promise to protect wetlands and woods rather than "just creating sprawl" makes it easy to win approval for projects, says CEO Mark W. Neumann, a former one-term Republican congressman. Time off: Neumann opts not to limit vacation and sick days for employees. "If you have a holiday," he says, "take it and spend it with your family. If you want to go on vacation, just make sure your work is done.""
No. 181 (2005), No. 178 (2004)