Fifty Flourishing Women Entrepreneurs Honored at Georgia Aquarium for Making a Big Business Growth Splash

The Women Presidents' Organization and American Express OPEN Name Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies

ATLANTA--()--The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), in partnership with American Express OPEN, the small business division of American Express, today released the fifth ranking of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/led companies in North America. The Top 50 generated a combined $4 billion in 2011 revenues (mean of $80.1 million) and collectively employed 26,883 in 2011 (projected 34,550 employees in 2012).

BrightStar, a home healthcare and medical staffing company based in Illinois, has taken the top spot for a second consecutive year. Shelly Sun, president and chief executive officer, who plans to take her business public, saw her 10-year-old company’s revenue double in two years from $51,732,716 in 2009 to $156,812,048 in 2011.

Cenergy International Services, LLC, a Texas-based energy personnel solutions provider, rose from 25th spot on the list last year to second place this year. The company has nearly doubled its revenues ($62,500,000 in 2009 to $165,000,000 in 2011) and employment (434 in 2009, 938 in 2011 and 1,100 projected for December 2012).

“This year’s Top 50 list is our most diverse ranking ever, with 20 states represented and companies ranging from precious metal dealers to food service distributors,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph. D., president and founder of the WPO. “We are once again pleased to partner with American Express OPEN in paying tribute to these influential women and recognizing their achievements.”

In order to help the Top 50 continue to seize even more business opportunities, each of the honored business owners will be offered a $500 American Express gift card and potential to be featured on

“According to our recent State of Women-Owned Businesses report, women-owned enterprises continue to grow and account for 29% of all companies in the United States,” said Sarah Forger, manager of customer advocacy at American Express OPEN. “We are thrilled to showcase the successes of our fifty honorees in order to inspire other women to build high-growth businesses.”

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 in the U.S. or Canada and have reached revenue of at least $500,000 by the first week of 2007 and $2 million in 2011.

More about the 2012 Top 50:

  • The average revenue grew from $31.5 million in 2007 to $80.1 million in 2011
  • Founded the Business: 90%
  • Average age: 49
  • Average Number of Projected 2012 Employees: 691
  • Number of businesses owned by women of color: 14

All 50 companies will be honored at a special event hosted by American Express OPEN at the 2012 WPO Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26, 2012. The awards reception will take place from 6:30 – 9:45PM at the Georgia Aquarium.

The 2012 Top 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies are:

1       Shelly Sun       BrightStar Care       Gurnee, IL
2       June Ressler       Cenergy International Services, LLC       Houston, TX
3       Rhonda Shear       Shear Enterprises       St. Pete FL
4       Sue Bhatia       Rose International, Inc.       Chesterfield, MO
5       Kathy Mills       Strategic Communications       Louisville, KY
6       Carolyn Doerle       Doerle Food Services, LLC       Broussard, LA
7       Ranjini Poddar       Artech Information Systems LLC       Cedar Knolls, NJ
8       Maria Popo       Ubee Interactive, Inc.       Englewood, CO
9       Claudine George       ICONMA LLC       Troy, MI
10       Nicole Geller       GCS, Inc.       McLean, VA
11       Liz Elting       TransPerfect       New York, NY
12       Pamela O'Rourke       ICON Information Consultants LP       Houston TX
13       Lori Blaker       TTi Global       Rochester Hills, MI
14       Jennifer Schoenhofer       Axis Teknologies       Sandy Springs, GA
15       Therese Tucker       BlackLine Systems       Los Angeles, CA
16       Joan Bialek       Bialek Environments       Rockville, MD
17       Sue Butler, Tracy Till       Butler/Till Media       Rochester, NY
18       Elaine Osgood       Atlas Travel International       Milford, MA
19       Anita Emoff       Boost Technologies, LLC dba Boost Rewards       Dayton, OH
20       Jennifer Smith       Innovative Office Solutions LLC       Burnsville, MN
21       Liz McKinley       Pinnacle Petroleum, Inc.       Huntington Beach, CA
22       Anna Skvirskaya       US Gold Buyers, Inc.       New York, NY
23       Roz Alford, Nancy Williams       ASAP Solutions Group, LLC       Norcross, GA
24       Nancy McFarlane       MedPro Rx Inc.       Raleigh, NC
25       Rachna Agarwal       Expedien, Inc.       Houston, TX
26       Elise S. Mitchell       Mitchell Communications Group, Inc.       Fayetteville, AR
27       Darlene Panzitta       DSP Clinical       Parsippany, NJ
28       Jill S. Becker       Cambridge NanoTech       Cambridge, MA
29       Bonnie Laiderman       Veterans Home Care       St. Louis, MO
30       Cynthia J. Pasky       Strategic Staffing Solutions Inc.       Detroit, MI
31       Nina Vaca-Humrichouse       Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.       Dallas, TX
32       Jessica Firestone       Tempest Telecom Solutions LLC       Santa Barbara, CA

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      ANSERTEAM, LLC       Dallas, TX
34       Rebecca Cenni       Atrium Staffing       New York, NY
35       Sonu Ratra, Amar Panchal,       Akraya, Inc.       Sunnyvale, CA
36       Anjali Ramakumaran       Ampcus Inc.       Chantilly, VA
37       Laurie DeJong       LDJ Productions       New York, NY
38       Amy Gonzales, Kelly Caldwell       AK ENVIRONMENTAL, LLC       West Trenton, NJ
39       JoAnne LaBounty       Spartanburg Meat Processing Co., Inc.       Spartanburg, SC
40       Marie Seipenko       Preferred Solutions, Inc.       Northville, MI
41       Gail Whittenberger       Tyndale Company, Inc.       Pipersville, PA
42       Sandra Camponogara       InterConnect USA       Ridgefield, NJ
43       Carole Borden       C.B. Transportation, Inc.       Chester Springs, PA
44       Kara Trott       Quantum Health Inc.       Columbus, OH
45       Mary Lawlor, Marie E. Dillon       Thomas Stanley Associates LLC       Ballston Spa, NY
46       Cheryl Biron       One Horn Transportation       Wayne, NJ
47       Allison Judge       Transformhealthrx       Statesboro, GA
48       Shari Dingle Sandifer       Avant Healthcare Professionals       Casselberry, FL
49       Keeli Jernigan       Trans-Expedite Inc.       El Paso, TX
50       Kelly Bain       Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC       Colorado Springs, CO

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Release Summary

The Women Presidents’ Organization, in partnership with American Express OPEN today released the fifth ranking of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/led companies in North America.


American Express OPEN
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Alex Della Rocca, (212) 539-3203
Women Presidents’ Organization
Kirsten Wynn, (212) 688-4114