1 Vengroff Williams & Associates, Inc.
(Sarasota) Credit and collections, subrogation claims, medical accounts payable, management of rental units in Sarasota and New York.
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Harvey Vengroff and Robert Williams
ANNUAL SALES: $2.8 billion (represents actual revenues after collections of $34.5 billion)
LAST YEAR: $2.8 billion (estimated)
EMPLOYEES: 1,100 worldwide (220 locally)
WEB SITE: www.vwainc.com
2 GE Security (formerly Edwards Systems Technology)
(Manatee) Has operations in more than 30 countries and is represented by world-class products for intrusion and fire detection, access and building control, video surveillance, explosive and drug detection, key management, structured wiring and communications.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: A. Louis Parker
ANNUAL SALES: $1.9 billion
LAST YEAR: $450 million
EMPLOYEES: 5,200 (220 locally)
WEB SITE: www.gesecurity.com
STOCK SYMBOL: GE
GE Security's business headquarters and its Engineered Systems business team are now located in Lakewood Ranch.
3 Taylor Woodrow, Inc.
(Manatee) Luxury home and high-rise condominium builder and community developer.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John R. Peshkin
ANNUAL SALES: $1.5 billion
LAST YEAR: $1.4 billion (estimated)
EMPLOYEES: More than 1,000 across North America (70 locally)
WEB SITE: www.taylorwoodrowhomes.com
STOCK SYMBOL: GB: TWOD
Has been building luxury homes and high-rise condominiums, and developing lifestyle communities in North America for over 65 years. Headquartered in Bradenton, its current operations include more than 80 active developments throughout Florida, California, Arizona, Texas and Ontario, Canada. Local projects include Meridian at The Oaks, The Founders Club, The Beach residences, Palma Sola Trace and Beleza on Venice Beach.
(Manatee) Retailer of family apparel, footwear, gifts and home items.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert M. Beall II
ANNUAL SALES: $1.1 billion
LAST YEAR: $983 million
WEB SITE: www.beallsinc.com
Bealls operates a mix of department and outlet stores in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Missouri, New Mexico and Arkansas.
5 Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.
(Sarasota) Manufactures premium delicatessen meats and cheeses.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert S. Martin
ANNUAL SALES: $852 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $930 million (estimated)
EMPLOYEES: 2,200 companywide (100 locally)
WEB SITE: www.boarshead.com
6 Buchanan Automotive Group and Buchanan Enterprises
(Sarasota) Retail auto, new and used BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Vernon G. Buchanan
ANNUAL SALES: $800 million-plus (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $750 million (estimated)
EMPLOYEES: 1,300 (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.buchananautomotivegroup.com
Consists of 21 dealerships throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States. In 2004, Automotive News ranked Buchanan the 27th-largest group in the country and the fastest-growing dealer group in the country.
7 Intertape Polymer Group
(Manatee) Develops and manufactures specialized plastic and paper products and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Melbourne F. Yull
ANNUAL SALES: $630 million
LAST YEAR: $630 million
EMPLOYEES: 2,600 (105 locally)
WEB SITE: www.intertapepolymer.com
STOCK SYMBOL: NYSE and TSE: ITP
ISO 9002 certified; operations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Portugal, with 16 facilities, including 12 manufacturing locations.
8 Gevity HR, Inc.
(Manatee) Provides comprehensive employee management solutions, using workforce alignment, administrative relief and business protection; serves as the insourced human-resource department to small- and medium-size businesses nationwide.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Erik Vonk
ANNUAL SALES: $585.5 million
LAST YEAR: $425.8 million
EMPLOYEES: 993 internally
WEB SITE: www.gevity.com
STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: GVHR
Community involvement includes contributions to and participation in fund raisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross.
9 Manatee Memorial Hospital
(Manatee) Licensed 319-bed acute-care hospital.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Brian Flynn
ANNUAL SALES: $547 million
LAST YEAR: $525 million
WEB SITE: www.manateememorial.com
STOCK SYMBOL: UHS
Named one of the top 100 most-improved hospitals for 2004 by Solucient; named the No. 1 overall cardiac surgery program in the Sarasota-Bradenton area by Health Grades.
10 Blake Medical Center
(Manatee) 383-bed acute-care top 100 hospital offering services from open-heart to in-patient, rehabilitation and community screenings.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Daniel J. Friedrich III
ANNUAL SALES: $545 million
LAST YEAR: $451.4 million
WEB SITE: www.blakemedicalcenter.com
11 FCCI Insurance Group
(Sarasota) Commercial property and casualty insurance throughout the Southeast and Midwest.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: G.W. Jacobs
ANNUAL SALES: $490 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $490 million (estimated)
EMPLOYEES: 810 (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.fcci-group.com
Corporate headquarters located in a state-of-the-art office complex in Lakewood Ranch.
12 LWR Communities, LLC
(Manatee)Real estate development.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Rex Jensen
ANNUAL SALES: $472,518,000 (total builder retail sales)
LAST YEAR: $290 million (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.lakewoodranch.com
Best in American Living Award for the best master-planned community in America; Grand Aurora for Best Community with over 150 units; Reader's Choice and Reader's Preference Awards for Best Community from readers of both Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Bradenton Herald; excellence grand award for Lakewood Ranch clubhouse from the National Commercial Builders Council; voted "Best Neighborhood" by readers of SARASOTA Magazine; Florida Green Building Coalition "Green Building" designation.
13 Venice Regional Medical Center
(Sarasota) 312-bed hospital, ambulatory-care center with outpatient surgery (Health Park), Medicare home healthcare.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: D. Melody Trimble
ANNUAL SALES: $321 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $316 million
WEB SITE: www.veniceregional.com
STOCK SYMBOL: HMA
Home of the Venice Regional Heart Center, staffed by Ocala Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists. A wholly owned subsidiary of Health Management Associates. Note: This year's figures were estimated using outside sources.
14 Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
(Sarasota) Hospital and outpatient services and affiliates.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert C. Meade
ANNUAL SALES: $314.6 million
LAST YEAR: $314.6 million
WEB SITE: www.doctorsofsarasota.com
Accredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
15 Administrative Concepts Corp.
(Manatee) Professional employer organization.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: George E. Bushong
ANNUAL SALES: $306.7 million
LAST YEAR: $221.6 million
EMPLOYEES: 11,671 (75 internally)
WEB SITE: www.accpeo.com
Ranked among the top 200 privately held companies, the top 75 women-owned companies and the top 25 fastest-growing companies in Florida.
16 The NELCO Companies
(Manatee) Professional employer organization.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Virginia A. Dorris
ANNUAL SALES: $273 million
LAST YEAR: $254 million
WEB SITE: www.gonelco.com
17 Sysco Food Services - West Coast FL, Inc.
(Manatee) Full-line marketer and distributor of food, non-food and related items to restaurants, hospitals, hotels, cruise ships and all mass feeding institutions.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Carl S. Cannova
ANNUAL SALES: $250 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $250 million (estimated)
EMPLOYEES: 672 (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.syscowcf.com
STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: SYY
18 Gettel Automotive
(Manatee) New and used automobiles, retail and auto repair.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: James Gettel
ANNUAL SALES: $240 million
LAST YEAR: $62 million (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.getteltoyota.com
Note: This year's figures were supplied by the company; last year's figures were estimated using outside sources.
19 PGT Industries
(Sarasota) Manufactures custom windows, doors and sunrooms.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Rod Hershberger
ANNUAL SALES: $223 million-plus
LAST YEAR: $223 million
WEB SITE: www.pgtindustries.com
Has facilities in Venice and Lexington, N.C. Winner of the 2005 Corporate Award at the 19th Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference. Manufacturer of WinGuard Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors, the most popular impact windows and doors in Florida.
20 Institute for International Research
(Sarasota) Management consulting services.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Benjamin Harrison
ANNUAL SALES: $220 million estimated)
EMPLOYEES: 350 (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.iir-ny.com
The world's leading knowledge and skills transfer company with a global network of 47 companies and 112 operating units.
21 DooleyMack Constructors, Inc.
(Sarasota) Construction managers, general contractors, design/builders, master planning, site acquisition and cost estimator.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: William R. Dooley
ANNUAL SALES: $186 million
LAST YEAR: $180 million
WEB SITE: www.dooleymack.com
Ranked the top Sarasota-Manatee contractor in Gulf Coast Business Review's Top 30 Contractors in Southwest Florida, 2005; ranked in Florida Trend's 2004 top 200 Florida private companies, Southeast Construction's 2004 top 150 contractors in the Southeast, Retail Construction Magazine's top 160 retail contractors, and the construction weekly ENR's 2004 top 400 contractors. Recent achievements include the 2003 Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction award for the Advanced Technology Center in Daytona Beach, the Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Westshore and South Florida Community College Dental Health.
22 Global Signal, Inc.
(Sarasota) A real estate investment trust that owns, leases and operates wireless communication towers.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David Abrams
ANNUAL SALES: $169 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $168.8 million (estimated)
EMPLOYEES: 238 (estimated)
FOUNDED: 2003 as Global Signal
STOCK SYMBOL: NYSE: GSL
Formerly Pinnacle Holdings. In March 2005, Global owned more than 2,000 towers and 251 sites primarily in the Southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions.
23 W.G. Mills, Inc.
(Sarasota) Construction manager and general contractor.
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Walter G. Mills and Lemuel Sharp III
ANNUAL SALES: $156 million
LAST YEAR: $165 million
WEB SITE: www.wgmills.com
Five regional offices throughout Florida, including corporate headquarters in Sarasota, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Palm Beach Gardens and Jacksonville.
24 Lee Wetherington Companies
(Sarasota) Home builder, developer, pool builder.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lee Wetherington
ANNUAL SALES: $156 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $108.6 million (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.lwhomes.com
Recognized as America's Best Builder by the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine. Recipient of the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award, the 2004 Alex Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award and the Hearthstone Builder Lifetime Public Service award.
25 Wellcraft Marine Corp.
(Manatee) Manufactures fiberglass boats under the brand names Wellcraft and Hydra-Sports.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dean Samuelson
ANNUAL SALES: $150 million
LAST YEAR: $148 million
WEB SITE: www.wellcraft.com
26 Pacific Tomato Growers, Ltd.
(Manatee) Grower, packer and shipper of fresh market fruits and vegetables.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Joseph Esformes
ANNUAL SALES: $136 million
LAST YEAR: $124.3 million
EMPLOYEES: 125 (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.sunripeproduce.com
27 John Cannon Homes, Inc.
(Sarasota) Custom home builder.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: T.J. Nutter
ANNUAL SALES: $132 million
LAST YEAR: $75 million
WEB SITE: www.johncannonhomes.com
Reader's Choice Award from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for 13 consecutive years. Currently ranked No. 15 in the nation's Best Companies to Work For in the residential construction industry by Professional Builder magazine. Now building in The Concession, The Founders Club, The Forest at Hi Hat Ranch, The Lake Club, La Cantera in the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch, Antigua Cove at Little Harbor, Meadow View, Riviera Dunes, River Wilderness, Stone Lake Ranch and MiraBay.
28 Neal Communities, Neal Custom Homes
(Manatee) Land developer and home builder.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Patrick K. Neal
ANNUAL SALES: $130 million
LAST YEAR: $110 million
EMPLOYEES: 104 home building; 90 at University Park
WEB SITE: www.nealcustomhomes.com
Major projects include University Park (named best master-planned community in America), Perico Bay Club, Wild Oak Bay, three new communities at Lakewood Ranch, three more at University Place; winner of 31 Aurora Awards from Southeast Builders Conference.
29 Bruce Williams Homes
(Manatee) Home builder and developer.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Britt Williams
ANNUAL SALES: $125 million
LAST YEAR: $105 million
WEB SITE: www.bwhomes.com
Ranked seventh in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies, the 65th Largest Business in the Tampa Bay Region and named runner up in the 2005 Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist (Britt Williams) by Gulf Coast Business Review. Ranked 21st out of 250 of the Region's Largest Companies, ranked in the Top 25 Home Builders, the Top 100 Tampa Bay Businesses and the Top 200 Privately Held Companies by Gulf Coast Business Review. Named eighth in Sarasota-Manatee's Top 20 Home Builders in 2004 by Sarasota/Manatee BUSINESS Magazine. Ranked in 2005 400 Giants by Professional Builder Magazine. Winner of more than 200 local Parade of Homes awards. Winner of 2003 and 2004 Readers' Preference award for Favorite Home Builder by The Bradenton Herald.
30 Waterford Companies
(Sarasota) Home builder, land development, commercial and industrial development.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael W. Miller
ANNUAL SALES: $125 million
LAST YEAR: $85 million
WEB SITE: www.waterfordcompanies.com
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Award: Over 50 Employees Company of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year.
31 Dental Care Alliance
(Sarasota) Provides dental management and consulting services to 78 dental practices in seven states.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Steven R. Matzkin
ANNUAL SALES: $115 million
LAST YEAR: $108 million
EMPLOYEES: 1,050 throughout the eastern United States (80 locally)
WEB SITE: www.dentalcarealliance.com
32 Sun Hydraulics
(Sarasota) Designs and manufactures hydraulic cartridge valves.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Allen Carlson
ANNUAL SALES: $110 million
LAST YEAR: $90 million
WEB SITE: www.sunhydraulics.com
STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: SNHY
Facilities in Sarasota and Manatee; other facilities located in Kansas, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea and China.
33 M. Pete McNabb, Inc.
(Sarasota) Franchised home builder for Arthur Rutenberg Homes.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Pete McNabb
ANNUAL SALES: $104 million
LAST YEAR: $40 million
WEB SITE: www.arhomes.com
35 Michael Saunders & Company
(Sarasota) Full-service, licensed real estate brokerage offering residential, commercial, new homes, mortgage and title service.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael Saunders
ANNUAL SALES: $87.5 million in gross revenue ($2.8 billion in sales)
LAST YEAR: $61.6 million from $2 billion in sales
EMPLOYEES: 172 employees; 481 agents
WEB SITE: www.michaelsaunders.com
Ranked first in the Sarasota market by sales volume and 51st in closed sales volume nationally by Real Trends 500. Ranked 121st nationwide for number of transactions. Is an affiliate of Christie's Great Estates and the Board of Regents, RELO Relocation Network, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate and The Realty Alliance. In 2004, CEO Michael Saunders received the statewide Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the real estate and construction category.
36 Hoveround Corporation
(Sarasota) Manufacturers, distributes and retails power wheelchairs and scooters.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Thomas E. Kruse
ANNUAL SALES: $85 million-plus
LAST YEAR: $85 million-plus
WEB SITE: www.hoveround.com
Accredited member of Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); ISO 9001: 2000 certified organization.
37 Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
(Sarasota) Anheuser-Busch and Corona portfolio beer distributor for Sarasota and Manatee counties.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John W. Saputo
ANNUAL SALES: $82 million
LAST YEAR: $82 million
WEB SITE: www.abwslr.com/goldcoasteagle
Enjoys a nearly 69-percent market share with 1,400 retail accounts; supports more than 360 charitable events; received Wholesaler of the Year award for Florida from Anheuser-Busch.
38 Ajax Paving Industries, Inc.
(Sarasota) Road construction and paving.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael A. Horan
ANNUAL SALES: $80 million
LAST YEAR: $80 million
FOUNDED: 1951 (Michigan); 1982 (Florida)
WEB SITE: www.ajaxpaving.com
Family owned, American.
39 Forest Products Supply, Inc.
(Sarasota) Manufacturers of architectural millwork, trusses, interior and exterior pre-hung door plant, lumber-related building materials, windows and installed sales.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Brent Brelsford, general manager
ANNUAL SALES: $80 million
LAST YEAR: $39.7 million (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.forest-products.com
40 APAC-Florida, Inc.
(Manatee) Highway/road contractor and asphalt manufacturer.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David Donofrio
ANNUAL SALES: $75.6 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $339 million (estimated)
EMPLOYEES: 600 statewide (estimated)
41 L-3 Communications, Aviation Recorders
(Sarasota) World's leading manufacturer of solid state cockpit voice, flight data and maritime voyage recorders, cabin surveillance systems, automatic identification systems and digital selective calling VHF radios for commercial, civil and military applications.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Bruce Coffey
ANNUAL SALES: $70 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $70 million (estimated)
WEB SITE: www.L-3com.com
STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: LLL
42 Eaton Aerospace
(Manatee) Electrical power and load management systems for aerospace applications.
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: John Getty, division general manager; Preston Mathis, Sarasota plant manager
ANNUAL SALES: $68 million
LAST YEAR: $56 million (estimated)
FOUNDED: 1893; 1978 in Manatee
WEB SITE: www.eaton.com
STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: ETN
43 Signs Now, a division of Allegra Network, LLC
(Manatee) Franchise sales of professional graphic solutions sign companies.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Randy Corona
ANNUAL SALES: $68 million
LAST YEAR: $68 million
EMPLOYEES: 1,400 nationwide, 41 locally
WEB SITE: www.signsnow.com
44 Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.
(Sarasota) Construction management, general contractor specializing in commercial, industrial, educational and healthcare facilities, and museums.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David E. Sessions
ANNUAL SALES: $67 million
LAST YEAR: $21 million
WEB SITE: www.willissmith.com
Extensive history in educational facilities, church and civic buildings. Museum construction specialists.
45 Kraft Construction Company, Inc.
(Sarasota) Management firm specializing in high-rise condominiums, education, medical, government and commercial construction.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: F. Fred Pezeshkan
ANNUAL SALES: $65.6 million
LAST YEAR: $53.1 million
WEB SITE: www.kraftconstruction.com
Recent projects include The Plaza at Five Points, Alinari at Rosemary Place, Rivo at Ringling, 1350 Main and 100 Central/Whole Foods Centre.
46 Prince Contracting Co., Inc.
(Manatee) General contractor and site development, including complete infrastructure, utilities, land clearing, highways, roads and golf course construction.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Chester W. Prince
ANNUAL SALES: $61 million
LAST YEAR: $46 million
WEB SITE: www.princeinc.com
47 Florikan E.S.A.
(Sarasota) Environmentally safe agricultural, horticultural and home gardening products.
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Ed and Betty Rosenthal
ANNUAL SALES: $56 million
LAST YEAR: $48 million (estimated)
WEB SITES: www.florikan.com and www.plantadvice.com
Winner of Excellence in Industry award for Sarasota County in 2001; winner of the Florida Governor's award for Most Innovative New Product of 2002 and runner-up for Gulf Coast Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2003. Winner of the National Society of Professional Engineers' most innovative product in the United States 2004; winner of the American Nursery Landscaping Association's National Allied Association award 2004; Southern Nursery Association Entrepreneur of the Year 2004.
48 Sarasota Kennel Club
(Sarasota) Dog track.
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Jack Collins Sr. and Jack Collins Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: $55.2 million
LAST YEAR: $56.5 million
WEB SITE: www.sarasotakennelclub.com
Gives more than $50,000 to local charities every year; current plans for adding a card room.
49 Kimal Lumber Co.
(Sarasota) Door manufacturer and retailer of building materials and trusses.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Al E. Bavry
ANNUAL SALES: $55 million (estimated)
LAST YEAR: $44 million
WEB SITE: www.kimallumber.com
Built new engineered products division on property off River Road in 40,000-square-foot expansion.
50 First Watch Restaurants
(Sarasota) Breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Kenneth L. Pendery Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: $53 million (company); $58 million (system)
LAST YEAR: $48 million
WEB SITE: www.firstwatch.com
First Watch operates more than 50 restaurants in eight states.