The 27th annual Weatherhead 100 Awards ceremony announced the 100 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio on December 4. The Weatherhead 100 recognizes companies for their outstanding growth over the past five years in three categories:
Weatherhead 100 Upstarts are fast-growing companies with 15 or fewer employees and net sales of less than $1M last year. The top Upstart in 2014, with an annual growth of 454%, was Exscape Designs LLC. Exscape Designs LLC was founded in 2004 by Bill Dysert. Exscape's mission is "to enhance quality of life, by creating naturally unique landscapes that are beautiful, functional and in harmony with ecological principles." They emphasize developing quality relationships with customers, team members and their community built on honesty, integrity and accountability.
Thirteen businesses were recognized this year as Weatherhead Upstart winners.
Weatherhead 100 Centurions are fast-growing companies with at least $100M net sales last year that help drive the region. The top Centurion in 2014, with an annual sales growth of 422.93%, was Mazzella Companies. Mazzella offers all styles of slings, cranes, hoists, and engineered lifting devices along with the training and in-field inspection and repair services to support their products. They seek to instill confidence and comfort for customers by providing reliable products and services as well as a highly responsive, knowledgeable support team.
Nine businesses were recognized this year as Weatherhead Centurion winners.
Weatherhead 100 winners are celebrated for big growth in net sales over the past five years—from at least $100k to at least $1M. The #1 Weatherhead 100 winner in 2014, with a growth of 6,458% was Mongoose Metrics LLC. Mongoose Metrics is a provider of call tracking, measurement, and attribution that has seen tremendous growth since its inception. The company was acquired by Ifbyphone earlier this year.
Congratulations to all of the Weatherhead 100 winners.
The awards ceremony featured several businesses that capture the spirit of leadership, design, and business as an agent of world benefit that defines Weatherhead.
In this video, Fathom shares how they've created a purpose-driven culture.
LeanDog talks about leadership and the transformation of an old barge on Lake Erie's waterfront into a dynamic workspace.
Mobility Works discusses what motivates their employees and how that has resulted in their presence on the Weatherhead 100 list for eleven straight years.
First-time winner, AKHIA, attributes their growth and success to staying dedicated to their founding principle: Service. “Of course, service means many things to many people. And that’s been the fun part as we’ve learned to appreciate that service, like leadership, takes many different forms.” Ben Brugler, President of AKHIA continued, “For us, it’s never been about growth itself. It’s about what growth means for our clients. We want them to see us changing and evolving in the sense that we’re bringing more opportunities to them – more ways to support their business and more ways to help them grow.”
These and so many other stories are what makes the Weatherhead 100 Awards such an inspirational and motivational event.
Over 600 representatives from the 100 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio celebrated their successes in black ties and cocktail dresses at the ceremony. Participants began the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Landerhaven’s stunning dining rooms, decorated for the holidays. Chandeliers sparkled like starbursts above the heads of some of the most innovative and successful businessmen and women in Northeast Ohio. The rooms buzzed with laughter and conversation prior to dinner, all anticipating the countdown to the company that registered the greatest percentage of growth in net sales over the past five years.
Dean Robert Widing, the Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management and Professor of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management announced at the beginning of the event a new scholarship for entrepreneurial minded graduate students at Weatherhead, provided by the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, John Krebs.
In conclusion of the evening’s ceremony, Dean Widing said, “We are already planning ahead for next year’s event. Be on the lookout in 2015 for the ways Weatherhead will be looking beyond the numbers to recognize outstanding Northeast Ohio companies.
“The Weatherhead School of Management salutes each of our winners tonight! All that you do reflects the principles we teach to managers and businesses all over the world.”
Read more about the Weatherhead 100 awards.