February 17, 2014
Superior growth rates, a track record of innovation, an exceptional corporate culture, charismatic leadership, compelling business models—these are some of the qualities we sought in choosing the Chief Executive’s Mid-Market Elite. Applying that criteria, our researchers and judges selected 100 companies that stand out amid the middle-market universe—identified as 197,000 private or public firms with between $10 million and $1 billion in annual revenues by our partners, the National Center for the Middle Market at the Fisher School of Business at Ohio State University and GE Capital.
The economic impact of this middle-market sector is real and impressive—collectively they account for 40 percent of the U.S.’s GDP. From a qualitative standpoint, these are the types of companies and leaders who fuel our nation’s reputation for innovation, passion and perseverance. Among them, the companies that make up 100 Mid-Market Elite shine for outpacing their industry peers and demonstrating strength in various qualitative attributes, from those taking on the giants in traditional industries (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and the Boston Beer Company) to those leveraging technology to forge new business arenas (Zillow, Yelp, Otterbox). The pages that follow offer a capsule look at all 100, as well as a more in-depth peek at five of the Mid-Market Elite.