When Mike Klein, his late father, Burt, and Seymour Turner were named Big50 in 1989, their Chicago-area company, Airoom Inc., had been in business for 31 years. Its 25 office staff and subcontracted field crew completed $6 million in business.
Life's a little crazy, but interesting,” says Geno Benvenuti. Since named Big50 in 1990, Benvenuti, of Benvenuti and Stein, Evanston, Ill., has reached a goal many aspire to but few attain: He has followed his family's dream, moving to California's idyllic Monterey Bay area. From there, he runs his 48-employee, $8 million-a-year, design/build firm with the help of technology and key employees.
Homestead Remodeling of Lansdale, Pa., has doubled its volume to more than $2 million since being named to the Big50 almost 10 years ago, in 1994. But owners Bob Barber and Neil Minnucci find they do what they do best -- three-quarters of it single-line work -- by having the leeway to complete jobs with either employees or a group of loyal subcontractors.
After Scott Strawbridge won Big50 in 1997 with then-partner Guy Rock, his company took another award, as Florida's twenty-second fastest-growing company. But the 280% increase in revenues -- from $600,000 to $1.68 million -- that got Scott Strawbridge Inc. of Wilton Manors on the fast growers list just about killed the company's namesake.