Operates a chain of ski resorts, mostly in the Midwest and Northeast.
Peak Resorts founder Timothy Boyd first got into the skiing business in 1982, when he opened a small ski area on a golf course he owned in Wildwood, Missouri. Two years later, he opened his first full-fledged ski resort, in Snow Creek, Missouri, and in 1997, he incorporated Peak Resorts as the holding company for that resort. Peak Resorts now operates 14 ski resorts, mostly in the Midwest and Northeast, such as Hunter Mountain in New York and Alpine Valley in Ohio. The company has yet to expand west of Missouri, where the ski and snowboard business is big. But Peak Resorts says that its past acquisition strategy has proved successful, and that it is confident that it will be able to continue that success as it expands into other U.S. markets. Note: employee count includes number of year-round employees only, as of the end of April 30, 2015.
Administers health savings and flexible savings accounts.
HealthEquity, founded by Stephen Neeleman, aims to help Americans keep a better handle on their Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs. The company created a cloud-based platform through which customers can manage outstanding bills, track their health care spending, and determine if they have been charged erroneously. HealthEquity bills itself as a "first mover," and says it pioneered the employment of technological solutions to address HSA management. But to stay profitable, HealthEquity must ensure that it can keep up with rapidly evolving health care regulations. To maintain company growing, HealthEquity plans to pursue more strategic acquisitions, and to recruit more insurance companies as partners. Note: employee count as of Dec. 31, 2015
Moelis & Company
Provides investment banking and strategic advisory services.
Kenneth Moelis, Navid Mahmoodzadegan, and Jeff Raich, all veteran investment bankers, launched Moelis & Company in 2007. The firm provides investment banking and financial advisory services to its clients on a number of topics, including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, restructurings, and other corporate finance matters. It works primarily with large corporations (past clients include Yahoo and Anheuser Busch) and government organizations. While such high-profile clients have helped it make a name for itself, one highly publicized, ill-advised acquisition could harm Moelis & Company significantly in the future. To stand apart from its competitors, Moelis & Company plans to continue to increase its global reach, by making substantial investments its offices located across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Note: employee count as of Dec. 31, 2015
Provides cybersecurity and anti-malware software for businesses.
FireEye, founded by Ashar Aziz, is one of the many publicly traded cybersecurity companies out to prove that its software is the best at keeping company data safe. FireEye offers a variety of products that businesses can use to help keep hackers at bay, including analytical tools that identify which parts of a company's laptop, mobile device, and email networks are most at risk. While FireEye does have some notable customers, such as the U.S. Department of Defense and credit card reporting agency Equifax, the cybersecurity market is crowded--and is getting even more so, as companies such as Intel and IBM acquire other IT companies. To stay ahead of the pack, FireEye is putting millions of dollars into funding its own cybersecurity research teams in several countries, including Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, and the U.S. Note: employee count as of Dec. 31, 2015