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SMU Cox Dallas 100™ names Argent Associates Inc. top entrepreneurial company in Dallas area

SMU Cox Caruth Institute Honors a Minority/Woman-Owned Company as No. 1

November 14, 2014

Dallas (SMU) – A certified minority- and female-owned company took top honors at this year’s SMU Cox Dallas 100™ Awards ceremony.

Beatriz “Betty” Manetta
Beatriz “Betty” Manetta

Argent Associates, Inc., founded in 1998 by Beatriz “Betty” Manetta, is a systems integrator that provides innovative technology products, services and supply chain solutions to enterprise and government customers. 

The announcement came at the annual SMU Cox Dallas 100™ Awards Ceremony and Banquet Thursday night, Nov. 13, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

“Under Betty Manetta’s leadership, Argent Associates has continued to grow and distinguish itself as a national provider of supply-chain and IT services,” said Simon Mak, associate director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas. “We are very pleased to recognize Argent Associates as the SMU Cox 2014 Dallas 100™ Awards’ No.1 company.” 

For 24 years, SMU Cox has annually ranked the top 100 Dallas entrepreneurial companies based on sales growth over a designated period. Argent Associates, now a nation-wide corporation headquartered in Plano with locations in six other states, had the biggest percentage sales increase and dollar growth for 2011 to 2013, as determined by the calculations of the accounting firm BKD CPAs and Advisors. Focusing on telecommunications and the technology industry, Argent has grown large enough in 15 years to be the parent company to three divisions.

Dallas 100™, co-founded by the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, honors the ingenuity, commitment and perseverance of the fastest-growing privately held entrepreneurial businesses in the Dallas area. According to the Caruth Institute’s data, this year’s winning companies collectively created 15,865 jobs over two years. In addition, all 100 companies together achieved $4.4 billion in sales in 2013 alone (the most recent year for which complete data is available) and made $9.1 billion in sales over three years from 2011 to 2013.

“The incredible growth and performance of the Dallas 100™ winners is a tribute to the dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial community in which we live,” said Jerry White, director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at SMU Cox. “The Dallas economy has been driven by entrepreneurs since its founding. With today’s entrepreneurs, investors and supporting professionals, the economic future of our area and beyond looks bright indeed.”

The Dallas 100™ Awards Ceremony is presented annually by SMU Cox. This year’s sponsors were Avison Young, BKD CPAs and Advisors, Carr Intellectual Property Law, The CFO Suite, The Dallas Business Journal, Evos Financial, Executive Press, KRLD 1080 News Radio and Texas Capital Bank. The event recognizes privately held corporations, proprietorships or partnerships headquartered in the area that often don’t get attention, but which have created jobs and generated wealth for their founders and employees and enhanced the area economy.

Along with Argent Associates, Inc., 99 other Dallas-based companies were revealed as SMU Cox Dallas 100™ winners to an audience of about 1,000 guests during Thursday night’s awards ceremony. Each company was announced in ascending order, culminating with the unveiling of the top Dallas 100™ company. The top 10 companies were given special recognition. In descending order, beginning with the highest ranked, they are:  #1) Argent Associates, Inc.; #2) WorldLink; #3) Daseke, Inc.; #4) Senderra RX; #5) Mach Speed Holdings dba: Apollo Brands; #6) Wingspan Portfolio Advisors; #7) CenseoHealth; #8) JW Logistics, LLC; #9) Everett Financial, Inc. dba: Supreme Lending; and #10) Low T Center.              

A complete list of all SMU Cox Dallas 100™ companies for this year, ranked from 1 to 100, follows:

  Rank Company Name City
  1. Argent Associates, Inc Plano
  2. WorldLink Frisco
  3. Daseke, Inc. Addison
  4. Senderra RX Richardson
  5. Mach Speed Holdings dba: Apollo Brands Plano
  6. Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Dallas
  7. CenseoHealth Dallas
  8. JW Logistics, LLC Frisco
  9. Everett Financial, Inc. dba: Supreme Lending Dallas
  10. Low T Center Colleyville
  11. Knightvest Dallas
  12. Civitas Capital Group Dallas
  13. Front Burner Restaurants Addison
  14. Topgolf International, Inc. Dallas
  15. CB JENI Homes Plano
  16. Studio Movie Grill Dallas
  17. Alok International Dallas
  18. Dunhill Homes Dallas
  19. Maestro Personal Assistants Carrollton
  20. Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty Dallas
  21. Truco Enterprises LP Carrollton
  22. Clearview Energy Dallas
  23. J. Hilburn Dallas
  24. T-System Dallas
  25. F2OnSite Carrollton
  26. OneSource Virtual Irving
  27. National Roofing Partners Coppell
  28. 1000Bulbs.com Garland
  29. Verveba Telecom LLC Richardson
  30. UR Holdings, LP Carrollton
  31. C1S Group Dallas
  32. Perimeter International dba PGL Irving
  33. L&S Mechanical Richardson
  34. Managed Staffing Group of Companies Dallas
  35. Compass Professional Health Services Dallas
  36. Pursuit of Excellence, Inc Dallas
  37. Gadberry Construction Company Co., Inc. Dallas
  38. Multiview, Inc Irving
  39. Insight Mrechandising, Inc. Grapevine
  40. Riveron Consulting Dallas
  41. Paragon Healthcare, Inc. Dallas
  42. Wegman Partners LLC Dallas
  43. New Century Hospice Dallas
  44. Authentix, Inc. Addison
  45. tekzenit Irving
  46. j4 Development Richardson
  47. 70kft Dallas
  48. Godwin Lewis PC Dallas
  49. AccelSpine Dallas
  50. 5G Studio Collaborative Dallas
  51. Humphreys and Partners Architects Dallas
  52. MarketScout Corporation Dallas
  53. ZeOmega Frisco
  54. Prime Controls, LP Lewisville
  55. ARGO Data Resource Corp. Richardson
  56. AustinCSI Plano
  57. Suntex Ventures Dallas
  58. Venus Construction Mansfield
  59. CONTI Organization Addison
  60. Texas Republic Bank, N.A. Frisco
  61. HomeVestors of America, Inc. Dallas
  62. Hail Merry, LLC Dallas
  63. Millionaire Network Burleson
  64. Motio, Inc. Dallas
  65. Webyshops Arlington
  66. BKM Total Office of Texas Dallas
  67. WatchGuard Video Allen
  68. Point 2 Point Global Security, Inc. Addison
  69. SFMC, LP Richardson
  70. Skinny I.T. Frisco
  71. Trophy Skin, Inc. Frisco
  72. NovaCopy Irving
  73. YourCause, LLC Carrollton
  74. Continental Electronics Corp. Dallas
  75. Daryl Flood, Inc. Coppell
  76. Sellmark Mansfield
  77. Zeit Energy Dallas
  78. Fruitables Pet Food Dallas
  79. Perennials Inc. Dallas
  80. CLAY STAPP+CO Dallas
  81. Anserteam Workforce Solutions Dallas
  82. EDGE Realty Partners Dallas
  83. Smocked Auctions Dallas
  84. BSI Financial Irving
  85. Timberhorn Frisco
  86. Blue Rivers Partners, LLC Dallas
  87. Tango Management Consulting Irving
  88. iConstruct, Inc Allen
  89. Worksoft Addison
  90. Statewide Remodeling DFW Airport
  91. projekt202 Addison
  92. Viverae, Inc. Dallas
  93. M&S Technologies Dallas
  94. GSATi Denton
  95. Lone Star Analysis Addison
  96. Southern Botanical, Inc. Dallas
  97. MediGain, LLC Plano
  98. Optimal Blue, LLC Plano
  99. THMED, LLC Dallas
  100. Capital Title of Texas, LLC Plano

About SMU Cox

SMU Cox School of BusinessThe Cox School of Business (cox.smu.edu), originally established in Dallas in 1920 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and was named in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978. SMU 

Cox offers a full range of highly-ranked undergraduate and graduate business education programs: BBA, Full-Time MBA, Fast Track MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), JD/MBA, MA/MBA, Master of Science (MS) in Accounting, MS in Business Analytics, MS in Finance, MS in Management, MS in Sport Management, as well as Executive Education and multiple certificate programs. 

The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, including the Business Leadership Center (BLC), the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, the Folsom Institute for Real Estate, the Maguire Energy Institute, the Global Leadership Program and the Associate Board Executive Mentoring Program, as well as an international alumni network with chapters in more than 20 countries.

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