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16 Tampa-St. Pete area companies make the Seminole 100

Margie Manning

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Seminole 100 awards for fast-growing companies in Florida

One hundred fast-growing businesses owned or managed by alumni of Florida State University were recognized at the Seminole 100 celebration in Tallahassee.

Honorees included 16 companies headquartered in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The companies were ranked based on their compound annual growth rate. EY verified information for all the companies on the list. The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at FSU hosted the celebration.

Boomerang Transportation LLC, a logistics firm in Tampa offering freight transportation services, was the highest-ranked local company, placing No. 3 on the list. Boomerang, founded in 2014 and led by Jon Novak, CEO, had a 161.77 percent compound annual growth rate over three years.

Here are the other area companies that were recognized:

No. 8 Asset Engineering Inc., Bartow — 100.54 percent CAGR

Minority-owned business that provides engineering consultation, project management, training and administrative assistant support for transportation projects

No. 18 A-LIGN, Tampa — 66.27 percent CAGR

Cybersecurity and compliance firm

No. 25 ReliaQuest, Tampa — 52.64 percent CAGR

Cybersecurity provider

No. 31 Ardent Eagle Solutions, Tampa — 43.63 percent CAGR

Technical service provider to the Department of Defense, intelligence community and other federal, state and local government agencies

No. 35 AgileThought, Tampa — 39.67 percent CAGR

Custom software consulting firm

No. 36 Tampa Bay Wave Inc. Tampa — 38.99 percent CAGR

Tech accelerator and entrepreneurial hub offering coworking, mentoring and funding opportunities

No. 38 Taylor Financial, Tampa — 37.53 percent CAGR

Financial planning firm

No. 43 All Seasons Wealth, Tampa — 33.73 percent CAGR

Financial planning firm

No. 44 CFO Alliance, Tampa — 32.84 percent CAGR

Provides consulting to entrepreneurs and CFOs

No. 59 ReEmployAbility Inc., Tampa — 23.14 percent CAGR

Solutions to help control the rising costs of workers’ compensation, return to work services and transitional employment programs

No. 68 Convergence Consulting Group, Tampa — 19.11 percent CAGR

Data analytics solutions and services

No. 79 Global Sales, Gibsonton — 15.67 percent CAGR

Building supplies

No. 82 Gulf Beach Weddings, St. Pete Beach — 15.19 percent CAGR

Provides Florida destination wedding packages

No. 89 Venture Medical, Tampa — 12.63 percent CAGR

Supplies new, refurbished and used medical equipment

No. 93 Taylor White Specialized Staffing Services Inc, Tampa — 10.08 percent CAGR

Recruitment firm focused on accounting and finance

The Jim Moran Institute Seminole 100 Celebration. FSU President John Thrasher presented the top award to James “Chef” Barlow on Saturday, March 2. (Photo: Colin Hackley)

The top company on the Seminole 100 list was Blue Air Training, an air support training service headquartered in Las Vegas. Blue Air, led by CEO James “Chef” Barlow, had 188.22 percent compound annual growth rate over three years.

To qualify for the Seminole 100, a company must have operated for at least three years and generated revenue by Jan. 1, 2015. In addition, the business must have been owned or majority-managed by an FSU graduate for three consecutive years prior to its nomination.

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