Mid-Market Company

Super Bowl Ad Highlighted Company’s Made-In-U.S.A. Commitment

David MacNeil is committed to U.S. production of WeatherTech’s high-end automotive floor liners, and customers have rewarded him with more than two decades of double-digit growth.

SOTU Raises Profile of Bootstrapping Female Entrepreneur

Founder and CEO Andra Rush has assembled and grown an auto-parts-manufacturing and shipping firm whose success captured the attention of the President of the United States.

Leveraging Wholesome Mac-and-Cheese Into Prosperity

Success in “better-for-you” foods for kids has led the company to a crossroads: how to build on it without sacrificing its ethical vision or its organic formula.

Herschend Family Entertainment: From Dolly Parton to the Harlem Globetrotters

After growing steadily by running mid-market theme parks such as Silver Dollar City, Herschend Family Entertainment is making a growth play with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Creating the Uniform of Youth

There’s big money in the action sports industry. A subset of sports overall, when it comes to sports that young people 13-25 years-old want to learn, action sports, or primarily skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding are among the most popular. Skullcandy leverages off this collision of sport, culture and apparel by creating must-have audio gear that’s become an unofficial uniform of youth.

Meet the Mid-Market Elite

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.

The Sweet Smell of Success

Few companies can trace their lineage to Oprah Winfrey, but Scentsy of Meridian, Idaho can. Flashback to 2003. Kara Egan, and her sister-in-law, Colette Gunnell were watching Oprah’s “Millionaire Mom’s” show, and were inspired to create something amazing that people could not live without. They began working on a safe and simple way to scent the space around them, a wickless alternative to the typical flame operated candles. The result was Scentsy.

Generational Leadership In the Middle Market

It’s a rarity in business for a company to survive, much less thrive, through three successive generations. The Cellular Connection, headquartered in Marion, Indiana, stands out as a company which has successfully navigated this most difficult test.

Growing by Leaps and Bounds

When asked to describe rapid growth start-ups most people conjure up images of high tech companies, conceived in incubators and nurtured by infusions of capital from savvy angel investors. This is not the case with Chicago, Illinois based Red Frog Events.

The “Easy Button” of the Middle Market

Mid-Market Company of the Week: Access America Transport Many young college grads would be happy working for a large, well established company, especially if the...
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THOUGHT LEADERS

Stops and Starts Along the Road to Globalization

Globalization hasn't stopped, it's simply on pause. What we’re seeing is not a reversal but a correction—a necessary rebalancing and search for equilibrium.

MICHAEL ARENA: How the Org Chart has Given Way to the Network and Why...

As they try to keep up with disruptive forces, companies shift their focus from human capital to social capital.

MARK VERGNANO: How He Turned Around DuPont’s Failing Spin-Off

Stepping into a negative situation is never easy, but Mark Vergnano's step-by-step plan to turn around the company is proving successful.

CEO CONFIDENCE INDEX

March 2017: CEO Confidence in Future Business Conditions Soars 6%

After taking a slight step backward in February, CEO confidence ratings surged in March, to 7.41, up 6.0% from 6.99 in February, and up 4.8% from 7.07 in January.

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