SMU Cox recognizes entrepreneurs at 19th annual Dallas 100™ Awards

The Dallas 100™ Awards, presented by the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, recognizes the fastest growing, privately held companies in the Dallas area.

Dallas (SMU) - The Dallas 100™ Awards, presented by the SMU Cox's Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, recognized the fastest growing, privately held companies in the Dallas area during ceremonies November 4.

Despite the recession, the success of these companies indicates the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in North Texas, as these winning companies combined to generate sales of $8.4 billion in the past three years, grew average sales from 2006 to 2008 by 176 percent, and grew number of employees from 14,764 in 2006 to 26,142 in 2008.   Sales for the top 10 winners combined represent a 480 percent increase in 2008 over sales in 2006.

"In some ways the Dallas 100 winning companies seem to defy gravity.  In a 10% unemployment national environment they created more than 11,000 new jobs over the last two years,” said Jerry White, director of the Caruth Institute.  “These companies prove that with innovative ideas and top quality management dynamic, fast growth businesses can be built even in challenging environments."

The top companies were recognized at an awards ceremony at the Meyerson Symphony Center, with keynote speaker Sam Wyly, entrepreneur, author and founder of Green Mountain Energy.  Lisa Bormaster, publisher of The Dallas Business Journal, and Kevin Knox, assistant dean of external relations, SMU Cox School of Business, served as emcees for the event, now in its 19th year.

To qualify for the Dallas 100™, a company must be an independent, privately held corporation, proprietorship or partnership (not a subsidiary of a parent company) as of May 1, 2008; be headquartered in the Dallas area; have had sales of more than $500,000 in fiscal 2006; have had sales of not more than $75,000,000 in 2006; have a three-year sales history reflecting growth; and, have a credit report and character satisfactory to the Dallas 100™, determined at the sole discretion of the Dallas 100™.

Below are the winners for 2009, in ranked order:

  1. Ambit Energy
  2. Riverstone Residential
  4. Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.
  5. Warrior Group
  6. Genband
  7. Woot, Inc.
  8. Driver Pipeline Company, Inc.
  9. Haley-Greer, Inc.
  10. Credit Answers
  11. e-Rewards Market Research
  12. Frisco Medical Center, LLP/dba Baylor Medical Center at Frisco
  13. Behavioral Health Group
  14. One Technologies, LP
  15. RealPage, Inc.
  16. Improving Enterprises
  17. MYCON General Contractors
  18. Credit Solutions
  19. QuickOffice, Inc.
  20. The Delta Companies
  21. Embassy International Inc.
  22. OraMetrix, Inc.
  23. Akili
  24. AspireHR, Inc.
  25. WR Starkey, LLP
  26. Mustang Technology Group, LP
  27. Vignon Corporation
  28. First Choice Emergency Room
  29. Taos-Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions
  30. Sebastian Construction Group
  31. Saxton Pierce Restaurant Corporation
  32. Beard Integrated Systems, Inc.
  33. 5GStudio Collaborative, LLC
  34. Neighborhood Ventures, Inc. dba Fish City Grill & Half Shell
  35. Link America, Inc.
  36. Layered Technologies, Inc.
  37. Trend Personnel Services, Inc.
  38. Palm Beach Tan, Inc.
  39. Svtronics, Inc.
  40. Base 4 Group, Inc.
  41. Anthony Travel, Inc.
  42. Homeland HealthCare
  43. American Unit Inc.
  44. Clearview Management Consultant
  45. Chacon Autos, Ltd.
  46. mundayMorning Creative Group
  47. Halo Group, Inc.
  48. MW Logistics, LLC
  50. Icon Construction, Inc.
  51. All-Tex Pipe & Supply, Inc.
  52. AutoRevo
  53. Pariveda Solutions, Inc.
  54. Epic MedStaff Services, Inc.
  55. Lawton Commercial Services
  56. Estill Medical Technologies, Inc.
  57. Nortex Modular Space
  58. Preferred Imaging Centers, LLC
  59. ISNetworld
  60. Southern Botanical, Inc.
  61. Colo4Dallas, LP
  62. Trinity Consultants
  63. Chemguard
  64. Milestone Electric
  65. VAC Holding, Inc.
  66. Wilson Associates
  67. Peckham Custom Builders, Ltd.
  68. Snappy Salads
  69. Sharon Young, Inc.
  70. Texas Institute for Surgery
  71. Xenosoft Technologies, Inc.
  72. Paranet Solutions
  73. Medigain, Inc.
  74. HRsmart
  75. Worldlink, Inc.
  76. Halff Associates, Inc.
  77. Avalon Consulting, LLC
  78. DFW Grating, Inc.
  79. Impel Management Services, LLC
  80. MobileComm Professionals, Inc.
  81. Enkitec
  82. Intex Electrical Contracting, Inc.
  83. Frontline Source Group, Inc.
  84. M&A Technology, Inc.
  85. Advance Components
  86. MarketWave
  87. Faulkner Design Group
  88. Keste, LLC
  89. Community Waste Disposal, LP
  90. Venus Construction
  91. Symon Communications, Inc.
  92. Dynasty Hotel Group
  93. Centerpoint Builders, Ltd
  94. Innovations Medspa, PA
  95. ProStar Services
  96. Yellow Checker Cab Company
  97. AM Design
  98. Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp.
  99. Accudata Technologies
  100. M&S Technologies Inc.

About SMU Cox

SMU’s Cox School of Business offers a full range of business education programs, including BBA, full-time MBA, Professional MBA (PMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Management (MSM), and Executive Education. The school also offers a number of unique resources and activities for students, ranging from its Business Leadership Center (BLC), Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, Maguire Energy Institute, and American Airlines Global Leadership Program (AAGLP) to its Associate Board Executive Mentoring Program and an international alumni network with chapters in more than 20 countries. SMU Cox is ranked among the top business schools nationally and internationally by major publications, including BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report.

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