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50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned and -Led Companies Honored

The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), in collaboration with American Express, released the 13th annual ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies. The companies on this year's 50 Fastest list span a range of industries, including healthcare, technology, and consulting. From January to December of 2019, the 50 Fastest generated a combined $3.8 billion in revenue and collectively employed more than 17,000 people.

NEW YORK — The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), in collaboration with American Express, released the 13th annual ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies. The companies on this year’s 50 Fastest list span a range of industries, including healthcare, technology, and consulting. From January to December of 2019, the 50 Fastest generated a combined $3.8 billion in revenue and collectively employed more than 17,000 people.

The top three awardees are:

TKT & Associates, Inc. is the fastest growing woman-owned business, moving up from the number two spot last year. Founded in 2006 by the late Tierra Kavanaugh, the Louisville-based company saw its revenue flourish ($134,763,762 in 2019) and employment more than double from 51 employees in 2017 to 260 in 2019. With Tierra’s passing this year, WPO and American Express want to honor her tenacity, determination, and tremendous success in becoming the fastest growing woman-owned business.

Enspire Energy, an energy marketing company based in Virginia is the second fastest growing women-owned business. Run by Mary Hensley and Julie Hashagen, the company credits its success to vast industry experience and knowledge as they continue to see tremendous business growth.

Lifestyle brand Modere, a newcomer to the list, is the third fastest-growing company in the 2020 rankings. Led by Asma Ishaq, the business saw impressive revenue and hiring growth. Modere has made a lasting impact in the health and wellness space by creating unique opportunities for emerging product categories.

“The 50 Fastest-Growing women-owned/led Companies are a trailblazing group of women who are leading some of the most successful businesses around the globe. At American Express, we are committed to supporting and backing the growth of women-owned and -led companies and are delighted to recognize these leaders for their success,” said Jessica Ling, vice president and general manager, Marketing Strategy, Content and Experiences at American Express. “Not only do women-owned businesses fuel the economy with trillions of dollars in revenue and the millions of jobs they provide, many have also pivoted their offerings and business strategies to provide essential services and accommodate their employees, which has proven to be vital for navigating the pandemic.”

“At a time when bright spots are few and far between, we are thrilled to celebrate the business accomplishments of these 50 inimitable leaders,” said Camille Burns, CEO of the Women Presidents’ Organization. “American Express has made it possible to acknowledge the impressive influence women-owned and -led companies have in job creation and growing the global economy.”

All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula, combining percentage and absolute growth. To qualify for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned or -led, and have reached annual revenues of at least $500,000 as of 2015 and every subsequent year. Applicants are not required to be WPO members.

More about this year’s 50 Fastest:

  • Average honoree age: 50
  • Provide health insurance: 94%
  • Started with their own funds: 74%
  • Do business globally: 56%
  • Do business with the government: 68%

The 50 Fastest companies are being honored during the digital WPO Annual Conference on July 22- 23, 2020. As part of the digital conference, American Express will host a fireside chat moderated by Vice President and General Manager, Marketing Strategy, Content and Experiences at American Express Jessica Ling, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT on July 23rd. The panel will feature 50 Fastest Awardees Asma Ishaq of Modere, Patricia Bible of KaTom Restaurant Supply Inc., Jenelle Coy of Spero and Sujata Stead of OET, who will share insights and advice for WPO members looking to grow their businesses.

The 2020 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies include:

# EntrepreneurCompanyCity/State
1Tierra Kavanaugh WayneTKT & Associates, Inc.Louisville, KY 
2Mary Hensley & Julie HashagenEnspire EnergyChesapeake, VA
3Asma IshaqModereSpringville, UT
4Amrita GrewalTalExWashington DC
5Christine MeyerBattaglia Associates, Inc.New Castle, DE
6Brooke CastilloThe Life Coach SchoolAllen, TX
7Jenelle CoySperoWashington, D.C.
8Stacey RockSolvix Solutions LLCMarlton, NJ
9Phyllis NewhouseXtreme Solutions IncAtlanta, GA
10Patricia BibleKaTom Restaurant Supply, IncKodak, TN
11Ranjini PoddarArtech LLCMorristown, NJ
12Elizabeth A. BassanPanagora GroupSilver Spring, MD
13Melissa CooperPhoenix DevelopmentBoston, MA
14Lenora PayneTechnology Group Solutions, LLCLenexa, KS 
15Sujata SteadOETMelbourne, VIC
16Carmen NazarioELYON International, Inc.Vancouver, WA
17Cassandra FarringtonMarijuana Business DailyLakewood, CO
18Katie ConovitztwelveNYCBrooklyn, NY
19Kara TrottQuantum HealthColumbus, OH
20Elisa Hamill & Margot LangstaffLifeHealth LLCLittleton, CO
21Jacqueline MulrooneyJ P Systems, Inc.Clifton, VA
22Mary Zarafshar Heydarian & Margie ZarafsharAdvanced Computer ConceptsMcLean, VA
23Kristi Alford-HaarbergE2 Optics, LLCEnglewood, CO
24Beverly MullikinCTD Staffing LLCMemphis, TN
25Tracy GregorioG2 Ops, Inc.Virginia Beach, VA
26Mary KariotisMerrimak Capital Company LLCNovato, CA
27Vanessa KruzeKruze ConsultingSan Francisco, CA
28Kelly IrelandCB Technologies Inc.Orange, CA
29Rebecca Cenni-LeventhalAtriumNew York, NY
30Ann RamakumaranAmpcus IncChantilly, VA
31Michele PerryRelatientFranklin, TN
32Vanessa OgleEnseoRichardson, TX
33Gail AdinamisGlobalCare Clinical Trials, LLCBannockburn, IL
34Lei WangThe Lotus Group LLCPine Brook, NJ
35Jessica E MeyersJEM Group, LLCHarrisburg, PA
36Debbie MaddenStride ConsultingNew York, NY
37Michelle BakerSwoonChicago, IL
38Jo Ann GilleyOverture PromotionsWaukegan, IL
39Merrilee KickBuzzballz, LLC dba Southern ChampionCarrollton, TX
40Claudia MirzaAkorbiPlano, TX
41Prathiba RamadossBusiness Integra Technology Solutions, Inc.Bethesda, MD
42Connie CostnerMathand, Inc.Woodstock, GA
43Pamela StanczewskiCentral Point PartnersWesterville, OH
44Cindy GalloFiber Business Solutions Group Inc.Fairview Village, PA
45Hima KolanagireddyASCII Group, LLCFarmington, MI
46Katie AndersonSave Water CoHouston, TX
47Dao JensenKaizen Technology PartnersSan Francisco, CA
48Donna B GibbProTask, Inc.Reston, VA
49Carol Duncan & Ashley DuncanGeneral Sheet MetalClackamas, OR
50Nataliya AnonSvitla SystemsCorte Madera, CA

For more information on WPO, visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com.