Ann Arbor SPARK Honors 14 Growing Companies with FastTrack Awards

Ann Arbor SPARK Honors 14 Washtenaw Businesses with Annual FastTrack Awards (Photo: Business Wire)

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--()--Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to 14 Washtenaw County-based companies that have demonstrated fast growth. Several of the 2015 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. This year, two winners, Online Tech and LLamasoft, achieved 10 years of year over year growth.

FastTrack awards are presented to companies with impressive records of growth. Recipients of 2015 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2011, with an annual growth of 20 percent for the following three years. Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants sponsors the Ann Arbor SPARK FastTrack Awards and verified all of the award applications.

“The FastTrack awards are proof positive that this region has the right assets in place to fuel successful businesses,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. “These growing companies are creating jobs, attracting investment, and improving our region’s economy, and the impact is undeniable: Job growth in Washtenaw has consistently outpaced the nation’s and the state’s. In the last five years, jobs here have grown by seven percent, compared to four percent in Michigan and three percent in the country.”

FastTrack award winners represent a range of businesses in the Ann Arbor region. A video highlighting the winners and their accomplishments is available online:

One-year award winner:

Arbor Assays was started in 2007 with the goal of creating a place where people and innovative ideas could continually advance. The company develops, manufactures, and ships more than 100 inventive, high quality products for scientific research. Its worldwide customer base includes the academic, governmental, life sciences and pharmaceutical fields.

Two-year award winners:

DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen is a full service remodeling company specializing in Kitchens, Bathrooms, Basements, Home Offices and Other Interiors and built on our guiding code of values. Our success has been based on our unique design/build process, coupled with a full staff of designers and carpenters focused on delivering the highest levels of professionalism, quality and customer service. Realizing that our clients live with the results of our work, the DreamMaker team focuses on personalized designs that fit each client’s taste and style, as well as, maintaining our goal of enhancing lives while improving homes.

Human Element specializes in developing integrated eCommerce and technology solutions for businesses. From online stores and branding websites to mobile applications and ERP integrations, Human Element helps companies achieve their unique technology goals. It has active partnerships with a number of global technology companies including Magento, Bigcommerce, Nexcess, Google, MyBuys, Listrak, Avalara, Bronto, 4-Tell and more.

Image Data Conversion is a leading provider of data and document conversion services to digitize and facilitate on-line publishing and provide Internet-based content solutions for the educational, publishing, corporate, and government sectors. Through its NA Publishing subsidiary, IDC retains one of the world's largest information archives, housing more than six billion pages of information representing over 18,000 periodicals, cover-to-cover, many of which encompass full-run series from the very first issue. IDC provides custom digital conversion, publishing services, and published products to more than 1,000 customers throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

InfoReady Corporation creates a variety of customizable solutions on their award-winning information matchmaking platform. The InfoReady Platform empowers users to quickly find information using proprietary matchmaking algorithms, take immediate action to collaborate with peers, and automatically track activity and results—all in one seamless environment.

Power Marketing Research has more than 20 years of experience helping organizations in the business, education, healthcare, nonprofit and government sectors understand their customers, clients, and constituents. Power Marketing Research is an Ann Arbor-based, 100 percent woman-owned corporation that conducts qualitative and quantitative research including focus groups, surveys, and other research methodologies.

TekWissen IT Services has multiple offices in the United States and India and provides software development and consulting expertise to help organizations design and improve their software development life cycle. TekWissen has a growing presence in permanent placement, IT, engineering, accounting and finance, delivering a comprehensive range of temporary, temporary-to-hire, permanent placement and outsourced placement services. TekWissen is focused on the continuous improvement of software consulting solutions, allowing for a presence within many of the world’s largest organizations across a wide range of industries.

Three-year award winners:

McCreadie Group has strategically grown, from its start in 2004 as a software source for clinical documentation and investigational drug service management, to a well-recognized supplier of cloud-based pharmacy software for many of the most highly respected research pharmacies, colleges of pharmacy and accredited pharmacy residency programs in the country. McCreadie products are powerful, intuitive tools that enable autonomy when clients want it, while its service model gives them access to responsive support professionals when they need it.

Sungrace Software provides innovative engineering software solutions and services to the manufacturing, energy, AEC, and aerospace industries in the U.S. and Canada. By combining proven technologies from the PLM industry with exciting new platforms and technologies from the gaming and digital worlds, Sungrace is helping develop a new breed of solutions for our customers’ design, simulation and advanced visualization challenges.

Four-year award winner:

Founded in 1998, Oxford Companies is a premier provider of real estate services in Ann Arbor. With more than 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space and more than 500 residential units, the company is both Ann Arbor’s largest commercial property manager and largest residential property manager. Oxford Companies is headquartered in downtown Ann Arbor and employs more than 60 people.

Seven-year award winners:

Caelynx, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, is a mechanical engineering consulting company specializing in product development. Experienced in all stages of product development, its core competency lies in simulation analysis through computer aided engineering. We specifically deal with solving difficult Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics problems. Caelynx also focuses on technology implementation and is a reseller for numerous CAE software brands, including Dassault Systemes, helping customers develop their own in-house expertise.

MedHub started in 2002 as a very small project at the University of Michigan Department of Surgery. In the past 15 years, MedHub has become the enterprise Medical Education Management System of choice within the largest and most prestigious teaching hospitals in the world including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland clinic, Duke University, Stanford University, and University of Michigan. MedHub is solely and directly responsible for managing over $5.7 billion in CME Medicare reimbursement revenue to its client institutions. The MedHub system has a NetPromoter score that is among the highest ever granted to a software company and MedHub has never lost a client in 15 years.

Eight-year award winners:

LLamasoft supply chain design software helps organizations worldwide design and improve their supply chain operations. LLamasoft solutions enable companies across a wide range of industries to model, optimize and simulate their supply chain network, leading to major improvements in cost, service, sustainability and risk mitigation. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, LLamasoft is a leader in supply chain excellence and innovation, advancing technology focused on continuous improvement of enterprise supply chains for the world’s largest organizations.

Online Tech is the Midwest’s leader in secure, compliant enterprise cloud and colocation hosting services. The company’s network of five data centers is built to host mission critical applications and protect their client’s valuable data. Backed by independent HIPAA, PCI, SSAE 16, SOC 2 and Safe Harbor audits, Online Tech delivers exceptional experiences for companies in need of a strategic hosting partner.

About Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone (LDFA), Washtenaw County etcs/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit


Ann Arbor SPARK
Jenn Cornell, 734-765-0174

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Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to 14 Washtenaw County-based companies that have demonstrated fast growth.


Ann Arbor SPARK
Jenn Cornell, 734-765-0174