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50 Fastest Women-Owned Businesses Award

50 Fastest Women-Owned Businesses Award

The 50 Fastest generated a combined $4.96 billion in 2015 revenues (mean of $99.2 million) and collectively employed 44,744 in 2015 (mean of 1,028).

“According to our recent State of Women-Owned Businesses report, the number of women-owned firms grew at a rate of five times faster than the national average since the recession”

“This year’s 50 Fastest list represents our most diverse ranking ever, with an immense geographic reach covering 20 states and one international winner in Turkey, as well as industries ranging from energy efficiency services to cybersecurity and engineering,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph. D., president and founder of the WPO. “We are once again so very pleased to partner with American Express in paying tribute to these influential women and recognizing the vital role that women-owned/led companies have in boosting the economy and enhancing overall job growth.”

“According to our recent State of Women-Owned Businesses report, the number of women-owned firms grew at a rate of five times faster than the national average since the recession,” said Susan Sobbott, president, Global Commercial Payments, American Express. “We are thrilled to showcase the successes of these fifty honorees in order to inspire other women to build high-growth businesses.”

Each of the honored business owners will be offered a congratulatory prize from American Express.

Applicants do not have to be WPO members. All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth. From this list, the 50 Fastest were selected. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies and have reached revenue of at least $500,000 by the first week of 2011 and $2 million in 2015.

More about the 2016 50 Fastest:

  • Average Age: 49
  • CEOs that founded the business: 92%
  • Listed companies that do business globally: 44%
  • Provide health insurance: 92%
  • Plan to continue to grow their company: 90%
  • State hiring the best talent as their biggest business challenge: 44%


The 2016 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Include:

Entrepreneur Name Company Name City, State/Province/Country
1 Sarah Kauss S’well New York, NY
2 Nina Vaca Pinnacle Group Dallas, TX
3 Ellen Latham Orangetheory Fitness Fort Lauderdale, FL
4 Dr. Rebecca Thomley Morning Star Financial Services Golden Valley, MN
5 Kristi Alford E2 Optics Englewood, CO
6     Britnie Turner     Aerial Development Group     Nashville, TN
7 Therese Tucker BlackLine Woodland Hills, CA
8 Kristina Roth Matisia Consultants Seattle, WA
9 Shelly Sun BrightStar Franchising LLC Gurnee, IL
10 Lacy Starling Legion Logistics, LLC Florence, KY
11 Kay Ivie Ivie & Associates, Inc. Flower Mound, TX
12 Claudia Mirza Akorbi Plano, TX
13 Zeynep Erkunt Armagan Erkunt Tractor Industries, Inc. Ankara, Turkey
14 Staci L. Redmon Strategy and Management Services, Inc. Springfield, VA
15 Liz Elting TransPerfect New York, NY
16 Phyllis Newhouse Xtreme Solutions Inc. Atlanta, GA
17 Victoria L. Vasques Tribal Tech, LLC Alexandria, VA
18 Rebecca Cenni Atrium Staffing New York, NY
19 Stephanie Point Point 2 Point Global Security, Inc. Addison, TX
20 Jamila Stanford NuGate Group, LLC San Jose, CA
21 Ronia Kruse OpTech, LLC Troy, MI
22 Kara Trott Quantum Health Columbus, OH
23 Michelle Baker Swoon Group LLC Chicago, IL
24 Denise Legg MegaCorp Logistics Wilmington, NC
25 Christina Seelye Maximum Games Walnut Creek, CA
26 Nancy Stango Blink Reaction dba FFW Princeton, NJ
27 Paloma Bilson Protea Group International North Hollywood, CA
28 Veronica Edwards InGenesis, Inc. San Antonio, TX
29 Diane Astley Xclusive Staffing Westminster, CO
30 Shavila Singh Zero Waste Solutions, Inc. Concord, CA
31 Dee Hays Excellence Engineering, LLC Tulsa, OK
32 Molly Gimmel Design To Delivery Inc. Bethesda, MD
33 Britt Whitfield The Revel Group Chicago, IL
34 Kathy Benson ORI Herndon, VA
35 Pamela O’Rourke ICON Information Consultants, LP Houston, TX
36 Lily Sarafan Home Care Assistance Palo Alto, CA
37 Marilyn Grabowski Atlantic Infra Wall, NJ
38 Tana Greene The Greene Group Davidson, NC
39 Anita Emoff Boost Technologies dba Boost Rewards Dayton, OH
40 Anjali “Ann” Ramakumaran Ampcus Inc. Chantilly, VA
41 Mary Kariotis Merrimak Capital Company Novato, CA
42 Susan Frech Social Media Link New York, NY
43 Cordia Harrington The Bakery Cos. Nashville TN
44 Amy Dresser J Curve Atlanta, GA
45 Mary Ellen Franz Imagine Technology Group Chandler, AZ
46 Natalie Davis-Runyan Anserteam Workforce Solutions Dallas, TX
47 Carla Walker-Miller Walker-Miller Energy Services Detroit, MI
48 Heather Sanderson Overture Promotions Vernon Hills, IL
49 Lenora Payne Technology Group Solutions, LLC Lenexa, KS
50 Debbie James Vivere Health, LLC Franklin, TN

About the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

The WPO is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide. In monthly meetings across the world, women from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or Follow WPO on Twitter (@womenpresidents) and like us on Facebook.

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