The 10 Largest Inc. 5000 Companies
Meet the Big Dogs10. DLA Piper9. EnvisionRxOptions8. Boise Cascade7. Kum & Go6. American Tire Distributors5. Westcon Group4. Dot Foods3. Coty2. ABC Supply1. CDW
If it's true, to paraphrase from the movie The Social Network, that a billion dollars is cool, then all of these companies are beyond cool. Here are the companies on the Inc. 5000 list that generated the most revenue in 2012. It's quite a feat, especially considering that these giants have managed to continue growing as well.
CEO: Anthony Angel
Three-Year Growth: 140.6 percent
2012 Revenue: $2.4 billion
Headquartered in Chicago, DLA Piper is a global business law firm with more than 4,200 lawyers operating in more than 30 countries worldwide. Ranked #1 in overall deal volume for mergers and acquisitions in 2012, DLA Piper handled 350 M&A transactions last year valued at approximately $55 billion--including major deals by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline.
CEO: Kevin Nagle
Three-Year Growth: 287.9 percent
2012 Revenue: $2.7 billion
Founded in 2001 in Twinsburg, Ohio, EnvisionRxOptions provides customers with pharmacy benefit management services such as home delivery, pharmacy claims processing, and consultations. “We came into the industry as a disruptor," says Kevin Nagle, CEO of EnvisionRxOptions. "It was difficult at first but we stuck to our commitments and have seen the results in our growth.”
CEO: Thomas Carlile
Three-Year Growth: 40.8 percent
2012 Revenue: $2.8 billion
Boise Cascade is a leading manufacturer and distributor of wood products such as plywood and lumber. Founded in 2004, the Boise, Idaho-based company went public in February.
CEO: Kyle Krause
Three-Year Growth: 65.4 percent
2012 Revenue: $2.8 billion
This West Des Moines, Iowa-based chain of convenience stores was founded in 1959 and today is the fifth largest privately-held, company-operated chain of its kind. Kum & Go has more than 420 convenience stores in 11 states and employs more than 4,600 people. CEO Kyle Krause is the son of company co-founder William A. Krause.
CEO: William Berry
Three-Year Growth: 59.1 percent
2012 Revenue: $3.5 billion
As the leading tire distributor in the United States, American Tire Distributors provides automobile tires to dealers and retailers. Founded in 1935, the Huntersville, North Carolina-based company has more than 100 distribution centers and 800 delivery vehicles operating across the U.S. and Canada.
CEO: Dean Douglas
Three-Year Growth: 44.1 percent
2012 Revenue: $3.8 billion
Founded in 1985, Westcon Group distributes technology products from companies such as Cisco that are primarily related to networking, security, and datacenters. "With each of the companies that we represent we are either the number one or number two distributor globally of their products,” says Dean Douglas, CEO of the Tarrytown, New York-based company. “This creates a very strong relationship between the two companies and allows us to be very skilled and savvy when we bring their products to market.”
CEO: John Tracy
Three-Year Growth: 34.4 percent
2012 Revenue: $4.5 billion
Family owned and operated, Dot Foods specializes in food redistribution--consolidating products from food manufacturers and reselling them in manageable quantities to grocery stores and the like throughout all 50 states. “We are a master distributor that focuses on solving supply chain problems in order to make all types of products more affordable and accessible,” says John Tracy, CEO of Dot Foods. The Mt. Sterling, Illinois-based company was started out of the Tracy family station wagon and has since grown to a fleet of more than 800 trucks.
CEO: Michele Scannavini
Three-Year Growth: 36.5 percent
2012 Revenue: $4.6 billion
Coty was founded in Paris in 1904 by Francois Coty, a visionary in the perfume industry. Now based in New York City, the company has expanded its portfolio to include a wide range of perfume, cosmetic, and skin care products. The company went public in June.
CEO: David Luck
Three-Year Growth: 73.4 percent
2012 Revenue: $4.7 billion
ABC Supply was founded in Beloit, Wisconsin in 1982 and has since grown into the largest wholesale distributor of roofing supplies in the United States and one of the nation’s largest distributors of windows, siding, and other exterior building products. ABC Supply's founder, the late billionaire Ken Hendricks, was honored as Inc.'s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006. Read his inspiring story here.
CEO: Thomas Richards
Three-Year Growth: 41.4 percent
2012 Revenue: $10.1 billion
Founded in 1984, CDW is a computer hardware retailer that also provides related IT services to the business, healthcare, education, and government industries. Founder Michael Krasny was inspired to start the business after getting a huge response to a $3 classified ad he placed in a newspaper to sell his used IBM computer. The Vernon Hills, Illinois-based company went public in June.