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Familiar names, new faces make the 2020 Inc. 5000

Margie Manning



A-LIGN cut the ribbon its expanded headquarters in Tampa. (Photo courtesy of A-LIGN)

KnowBe4 in Clearwater has now made the Inc. 5000 list for five years in a row.

For A-LIGN in Tampa, it’s the fourth consecutive year.

The two companies are among 92 businesses in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area on the 2020 Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Companies are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2016 to 2019, with $100,000 in minimum revenue required for 2016 and $2 million in minimum revenue for 2019. Inc. did not release specific revenue for each company.

One local company ranked No. 4 in the U.S. Avalon Healthcare Solutions, a laboratory benefit manager in Tampa, with 26,010 percent revenue growth between 2016 and 2019.

Stu Sjouwerman

KnowBe4, which provides cybersecurity awareness training and a simulated phishing platform, came in at No. 422, with 1,083 percent growth.

“We continue to experience hypergrowth because our approach to new-school security awareness training is paving the way for the future of how people want to receive training,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO.

Scott Price, CEO, A-LIGN

A-LIGN, a technology-enabled security and compliance company, had 243 percent growth and was ranked No. 1,761.

“Even in these uncertain times, A-LIGN remains a resilient organization with steady growth, and we’re adding new employees to join our global workforce to help our clients minimize the disruption to their business as they navigate uncharted paths,” said Scott Price, CEO.

There are 12 St. Petersburg companies on the Inc. 5000 this year:

No. 158: Organic Stride, consumer products and services, 2,455 percent growth

No. 601: Efficient Home Services of Florida, energy, 779 percent growth

No. 682: James K Hafke Plumbing, construction, 689 percent growth

No. 1,001: The Hoth, advertising and marketing, 460 percent growth

No. 1,548: CU Engage, business products and services, 283 percent growth

No. 1,987: Kobie Marketing, advertising and marketing, 213 percent growth

No. 2,469: Summit Exercises & Training, security, 166 percent growth

No. 2,505: Squaremouth, insurance, 164 percent growth

No. 3,702: InsideOut, business products and services, 98 percent growth

No. 4,037: Power Design, construction, 86 percent growth

No. 4,554: The DarkStar Group, government services, 69 percent growth

No. 4,8684: Rapid Web Services, security, 64 percent growth

Technology companies were the most prevalent among the local firms that are on this year’s list, a testament to efforts to grow the industry in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area. They outnumbered more traditional local industries, including financial services and healthcare.

One local company, Learn on Demand Systems, a software company in New Port Richey, took to Twitter to celebrate making the list.


At least one of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 won’t make another appearance. Digital Media Solutions, a Clearwater digital advertising and marketing firm, went public in July. DMS ranked No. 2,813 on the 2020 list, with 141 percent revenue growth between 2016 and 2019.

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