America's 10 Fastest Growing Private Companies

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Gold & Silver Buyers

Amelia Culwell, President
Spring, Tex.

No. 5
2011 Revenue: $57.3 million
Three-Year Growth Rate: 12,746%

Gold & Silver Buyers, which ranked No. 8 on the 2011 Inc. 500 list, buys jewelry, bullion, and diamonds, then sells the materials on the precious metals market. Amelia Culwell became president in 2010, and she says the company’s explosive growth is due to its upscale environment and convenience. While other metal buyers sell their purchases to refineries, Gold & Silver Buyers melts items itself and sells them directly to the bulk metal market. The company has more than 150 stores, and handles more than 1,000 transactions each day.