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Top Companies

By Hannah Wallace December 31, 2006

1 Taylor Woodrow Inc.

(Manatee) Luxury home and high-rise condominium builder and community developer.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Not named at press time

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $2.5 billion

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $2.1 billion)

EMPLOYEES: More than 1,000 across North America

FOUNDED: 1936, in North America

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 70 years. Headquartered in Bradenton, its current operations include more than 90 active developments throughout Florida, California, Arizona, Texas and Ontario, Canada. Local projects include Artisan Lakes, The Founders Club, Palma Sola Trace and Pacifico.

2 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: $2.4 billion (represents actual revenues after collections of $34.5 billion)

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($2.8 billion)

EMPLOYEES: 1,100 worldwide; 306 locally

FOUNDED: 1963

WEB SITE: www.vwainc.com

3 GE Security

(Manatee) GE Security 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 narcotics detection, key management, structured wiring and communications.

PRESIDENT: A. Louis Parker

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $2 billion

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($1.9 billion)

EMPLOYEES: 6,500 (250 in Bradenton)

FOUNDED: 1878; 2002

WEB SITE: www.gesecurity.com

STOCK SYMBOL: GE

GE Security's headquarters is located in Lakewood Ranch.

4 Bealls

(Manatee) Retailer of family apparel, footwear, gifts and home items.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Stephen M. Knopik

ANNUAL SALES: $1.1 billion

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($1.1 billion)

EMPLOYEES: 11,227

FOUNDED: 1915

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: Estimated, $824 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $852 million)

EMPLOYEES: 100 locally; 2,129 companywide

FOUNDED: 1905

WEB SITE: www.boarshead.com

6 Intertape Polymer Group

(Manatee) Develops and manufactures specialized plastic and paper products and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use.

CEO: Dale McSween

ANNUAL SALES: $802 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($630 million)

EMPLOYEES: 2,600

FOUNDED: 1981

WEB SITE: www.intertapepolymer.com

STOCK SYMBOL: NYSE and TSE: ITP

ISO 9002 certified, operations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Portugal with 16 facilities, including 12 manufacturing locations.

7 Buchanan Automotive Group and Buchanan Enterprises

(Sarasota) Retail auto, new and used-BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Ford, Chevy, Dodge.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Vernon G. Buchanan

ANNUAL SALES: $699,805,678

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $800 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 1,400

FOUNDED: 1992

WEB SITE: www.buchananautomotivegroup.com

Consists of 16 dealerships throughout Florida and the southeastern U.S. In 2005, Automotive News ranked Buchanan the 39th largest group in the country.

8 Gevity HR Inc.

(Manatee) Provides comprehensive employment 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: $608.8 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($585.5 million)

EMPLOYEES: 1,050 internally

FOUNDED: 1984

WEB SITE: www.gevity.com

STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: GVHR

Community involvement includes contributions to and participation in fund raisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross.

9 FCCI Insurance Group

(Sarasota) Commercial property and casualty insurance throughout the Southeast and Midwest.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: G.W. Jacobs

ANNUAL SALES: $550 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($550 million)

EMPLOYEES: 678

FOUNDED: 1959

WEB SITE: www.fcci-group.com

Corporate headquarters located in a state-of-the-art office complex in Lakewood Ranch.

10 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: Estimated, $550 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $550 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 672

FOUNDED: 1995

WEB SITE: www.syscowcf.com

STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: SYY

11 Manatee Memorial Hospital

(Manatee) Licensed 319-bed acute care hospital.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Moody L. Chisholm

ANNUAL SALES: $547 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($522 million)

EMPLOYEES: 1,400

FOUNDED: 1953

WEB SITE: www.manateememorial.com

STOCK SYMBOL: UHS

Named among top five percent in the nation by Health Grades for clinical excellence in heart surgery and winner of the 2006 Distinguished Hospital Patient Safety Award; won the American Stroke Association's "Get with the Guidelines" Initial Performance Achievement Award in 2006.

12 Blake Medical Center

(Manatee) 383-bed acute care, top 100 hospital; services include open-heart procedures to in-patient, rehabilitation and community screenings.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Daniel J. Friedrich III

ANNUAL SALES: $544 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($545 million)

EMPLOYEES: 1,200

FOUNDED: 1973

WEB SITE: www.blakemedicalcenter.com

13 Administrative Concepts Corp.

(Manatee) Professional employer organization.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: George E. Bushong

ANNUAL SALES: $386.4 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($306.7 million)

EMPLOYEES: 13,803

FOUNDED: 1995

WEB SITE: www.accpeo.com

Ranked among the top 200 privately held companies by Florida Trend and the top 25 women-owned companies by Tampa Bay Business Journal.

14 LWR Communities LLC

(Manatee) Real estate development; a division of Schroeder Manatee Ranch (SMR).

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Rex Jensen

ANNUAL SALES: $351,994,807 (builder retail contracts)

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($472,518,000 in total builder retail sales)

EMPLOYEES: 460, SMR

FOUNDED: 1922

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; 2006 National Association of Home Builders Green Marketing Program of the Year.

15 Gettel Automotive

(Manatee) New and used automobiles, retail and auto repair.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: James Gettel

ANNUAL SALES: $349 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $240 million)

EMPLOYEES: 458

FOUNDED: 1991

WEB SITE: www.getteltoyota.com

16 Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

(Sarasota) Hospital and outpatient services and affiliates.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert C. Meade

ANNUAL SALES: $345 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($314.6 million)

EMPLOYEES: 630

FOUNDED: 1967

WEB SITE: www.doctorsofsarasota.com

Accredited by JCAHO.

17 PGT Industries

(Sarasota) Manufactures custom windows and doors.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Rod Hershberger

ANNUAL SALES: $332 million-plus

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($223 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 2,400-plus

FOUNDED: 1980

WEB SITE: www.pgtindustries.com

STOCK SYMBOL: PGTI

With facilities in north Venice, Florida and Salisbury, North Carolina, PGT Industries is one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of windows and doors and the nation's leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors.

18 The NELCO Companies

(Manatee) Professional employer organization.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Virginia A. Dorris, E.A.

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $315 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($288 million)

EMPLOYEES: 70

FOUNDED: 1983

WEB SITE: www.gonelco.com

19 Venice Regional Medical Center

(Sarasota) 312-bed hospital, ambulatory care center (Health Park), clinical lab, Medicare home health agency.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Melody Trimble

ANNUAL SALES: $311 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $321 million)

EMPLOYEES: 1,050

FOUNDED: 1951

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.

20 Global Signal Inc.

(Sarasota) A real estate investment trust that owns, leases and operates wireless communication towers.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David Abrams

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $182 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $169 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 200

FOUNDED: 2003 as Global Signal

STOCK SYMBOL: NYSE: GSL

Sold in late 2006 to Houston-based Crown Castle International for $5.8 billion.

21 W.G. Mills Inc.

(Manatee) Construction manager and general contractor.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Walter G. Mills

ANNUAL SALES: $156 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($156 million)

EMPLOYEES: 225

FOUNDED: 1972

WEB SITE: www.wgmills.com

Five regional offices throughout Florida, including corporate headquarters in Sarasota, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Palm Beach Gardens and Jacksonville.

22 Wellcraft Marine Corp.

(Manatee) Manufactures fiberglass boats under the brand names Wellcraft and Hydra-Sports.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dean Samuelson

ANNUAL SALES: $150 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($150 million)

EMPLOYEES: 450

FOUNDED: 1955

WEB SITE: www.wellcraft.com

23 APAC-Southeast Inc.

(Manatee) Highway/road contractor and asphalt manufacturer.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jeffrey J. Reeves

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $150 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $75.6 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 600 statewide

FOUNDED: 1962

24 Clockwork Home Services (formerly VenVest)

(Sarasota)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: James D. Abrams

ANNUAL SALES: $142 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($40.8 million)

EMPLOYEES: 550, U.S.; 880, North America

FOUNDED: 1998

WEB SITE: www.clockworkhomeservices.com

Dedicated to improving the operations, efficiency, customer service and profitability of contractors in the North America home services industry through group membership and nationally branded franchises. Subsidiary companies include One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating franchising, Plumbers' Success International, BuyMax, Mister Sparky Electric franchising, Electricians' Success International, AirTime500, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing franchising, Success Academy, AirTime Canada and company-owned One Hour operations in Nevada, Florida, California, Indiana and Canada; company-owned Benjamin Franklin operations in California and Tennessee; company-owned Mister Sparky operations in Georgia.

25 Neal Communities

(Manatee) Land developer/homebuilder.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Patrick K. Neal

ANNUAL SALES: $142 million (closings)

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($130 million)

EMPLOYEES: 150

FOUNDED: 1970

WEB SITE: www.nealcommunities.com

Major projects include University Park (named best master-planned community in America), Wisteria Park, Harborage, Forest Creek, River's Reach, Fairfield and five successful communities in the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. Winner of 35 Aurora Awards from Southeast Builders Conference.


26 Ajax Paving Industries Inc.


(Sarasota) Road construction and paving.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael A. Horan

ANNUAL SALES: $140 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($80 million)

EMPLOYEES: 220

FOUNDED: 1951,Michigan; 1982, Florida

WEB SITE: www.ajaxpaving.com

Family owned, American.

27 DooleyMack Constructors Inc.

(Sarasota) Construction managers, general contractors, design/builders, master planning, site-acquisition and cost estimator.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: William R. Dooley

ANNUAL SALES: $138 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($186 million)

EMPLOYEES: 160

FOUNDED: 1977

WEB SITE: www.dooleymack.com

Included in Gulf Coast Business Review's Top 30 Contractors in Southwest Florida, 2006, Florida Trend's 2005 and 2006 top 200 Florida private companies, Southeast Construction's 2005 and 2006 top 150 contractors in the Southeast, Retail Construction magazine's top 160 retail contractors and the Construction Weekly ENR's 2005 and 2006 top 400 contractors. Recent achievements include receiving the Associated Builders and Contractors Step Award at the Gold Level of Achievement, 2005 and 2006.

28 Pacific Tomato Growers Ltd.

(Manatee) Grower, packer and shipper of fresh market fruits and vegetables.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Billy L. Heller Jr.

ANNUAL SALES: $136 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($136 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 125

FOUNDED: 1982

WEB SITE: www.sunripeproduce.com

29 Lee Wetherington Companies

(Sarasota) Homebuilder, developer, pool builder.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lee Wetherington

ANNUAL SALES: $135 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($139.9 million)

EMPLOYEES: 90

FOUNDED: 1981

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.

30 John Cannon Homes Inc.

(Sarasota) Custom homebuilder.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John K. Cannon

ANNUAL SALES: $130 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($132 million)

EMPLOYEES: 87

FOUNDED: 1987

WEB SITE: www.johncannonhomes.com

Reader's Choice Award from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for 14 consecutive years. Currently ranked 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, MeadowView, Riviera Dunes, StoneLake Ranch, MiraBay and Rive Isle. Named a 2006 Excellence Award winner by Residential Design & Build magazine.

31 Dental Care Alliance

(Sarasota) Provides dental management and consulting services to 75 dental practices in seven states.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dr. Steven R. Matzkin

ANNUAL SALES: $120 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($115 million)

EMPLOYEES: 80 locally; 1,100 throughout eastern U.S.

FOUNDED: 1992

WEB SITE: www.dentalcarealliance.com

32 Sun Hydraulics

(Sarasota) Designs and manufactures hydraulic cartridge valves.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Allen Carlson

ANNUAL SALES: $120 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($110 million)

EMPLOYEES: 850

FOUNDED: 1970

WEB SITE: www.sunhydraulics.com

STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: SNHY

Facilities in Sarasota and Manatee, Kansas, France, U.K., Germany, South Korea and China.

33 Waterford Companies

(Sarasota) Homebuilder, land development, commercial and industrial development.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael W. Miller

ANNUAL SALES: $110 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($105 million)

EMPLOYEES: 130

FOUNDED: 1987

WEB SITE: www.waterfordcompanies.com

Economic Development Council Excellence in Industry Award for 2005; Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Award "Over 50 Employees Company of the Year," "Entrepreneur of the Year" and "Business of the Year" for 2005.

34 American Marine Holdings Inc.

(Manatee) Parent company to Donzi Marine, Pro-Line Boats and AMH Government Services.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lee Kimmell

ANNUAL SALES: $100 million-plus

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($100 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 500

FOUNDED: 1963

WEB SITES: www.donzimarine.com, www.prolineboats.com, www.amhgov.com

35 Hoveround Corporation

(Sarasota) Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of power wheelchairs and scooters.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Thomas E. Kruse

ANNUAL SALES: $100 million-plus

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($85 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 645

FOUNDED: 1992

WEB SITE: www.hoveround.com

Accredited member of JCAHO; ISO 9001: 2000 certified organization.

36 M. Pete McNabb Inc.

(Sarasota) Franchised homebuilder for Arthur Rutenberg Homes.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Pete McNabb

ANNUAL SALES: $90 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($104 million)

EMPLOYEES: 62

FOUNDED: 1986

WEB SITE: www.arhomes.com

Recipient of Arthur Rutenberg Homes' 2004 and 2005 Gold Cup Award for highest customer satisfaction.

37 Signs Now, a division of Allegra Network LLC

(Manatee) Franchise sales of professional graphic solutions sign companies.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Steve White

ANNUAL SALES: $85 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($85 million)

EMPLOYEES: 41 locally; 1,400 nationwide

FOUNDED: 1983

WEB SITE: www.signsnow.com

38 Prince

(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: $80 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($61 million)

EMPLOYEES: 450

FOUNDED: 1983

WEB SITE: www.princeinc.com

39 Bruce Williams Homes

(Manatee) Homebuilder and developer.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Britt Williams

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $80 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($93 million)

EMPLOYEES: 85

FOUNDED: 1969

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 and 2006 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 Manatee/Sarasota's Top 20 Home Builders in 2004 by Sarasota/Manatee BUSINESS. Ranked in 2005 400 Giants by Professional Builder magazine. Winner of over 200 local Parade of Homes awards. Winner of 2003, 2004 and 2006 Readers' Preference award for Favorite Home Builder by The Bradenton Herald.

40 Kellogg & Kimsey Inc.

(Sarasota) General contractors/construction managers.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Philip A. Kellogg

ANNUAL SALES: $70 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($48 million)

EMPLOYEES: 54

FOUNDED: 1986

WEB SITE: www.kelloggkimsey.com

Local projects include the Beach Club, Spa and golf course clubhouse at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota; Fleming's Steakhouse, Hotel Indigo, Ringling Square/AmSouth headquarters and the Paradise Plaza renovation; numerous multifamily projects such as Bellagio condominiums and Blackburn Harbor condominiums and villas; national retail clients such as Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Kohl's and Dick's Sporting Goods. Active supporter of YMCA Bowman Ranch and Smith Center for Therapeutic Riding.

41 Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

(Sarasota) Anheuser-Busch and Corona portfolio beer distributor for Sarasota and Manatee counties.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John W. Saputo

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $70 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($82 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 130

FOUNDED: 1996

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. Last year's figures were supplied by the company; this year's were estimated using outside resources.

42 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: Estimated, $70 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $70 million)

EMPLOYEES: 200

FOUNDED: 1958

WEB SITE: www.L-3com.com

STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: LLL

43 Eaton Aerospace

(Manatee) Electrical power and load management systems for aerospace applications.

DIVISION GENERAL MANAGER: John Getty

ANNUAL SALES: $68 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($68 million)

EMPLOYEES: 300

FOUNDED: 1893; 1978 in Manatee

WEB SITE: www.eaton.com

STOCK SYMBOL: NASDAQ: ETN

44 Westra Construction Corp.

(Manatee) Underground water and sewer utility contractor, wastewater treatment plants.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Kenneth Beukema

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $67.9 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($54.2 million)

EMPLOYEES: 230

FOUNDED: 1977

45 First Watch Restaurants

(Sarasota) Breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Kenneth L. Pendery Jr.

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $65 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($53 million)

EMPLOYEES: 1,500

FOUNDED: 1983

WEB SITE: www.firstwatch.com

Operates more than 60 restaurants in 10 states.

46 Chris-Craft Corporation

(Sarasota) Manufacturer and marketer of premium boats and yachts.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Stephen F. Heese

ANNUAL SALES: $60 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($40 million)

EMPLOYEES: 375

FOUNDED: 1874 (incorporated 2001)

WEB SITE: www.chriscraft.com

47 Florikan E.S.A.

(Sarasota) Manufacturer of Dynamite Plant Food, available at The Home Depot.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Ed and Betty Rosenthal; Jonathan Rosenthal and Eric Rosenthal

ANNUAL SALES: $60 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $56 million)

EMPLOYEES: 60

FOUNDED: 1982

WEB SITES: www.florikan.com, www.plantadvice.com

Winner of Sarasota County 2001Excellence in Industry award; 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 U.S. 2004; winner of the American Nursery Landscaping Association's National Allied Association award 2004; Southern Nursery Association Best New Product of 2004; 2005 Gulf Guardian Award given by a program administered by the EPA; 2005 Manufacturer of the Year for Sarasota County.

48 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: $56.9 million in gross revenue ($1.9 billion in sales)

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($87.5 million in gross revenue [$2.8 billion in sales])

EMPLOYEES: 164 employees; 481 agents

FOUNDED: 1976

WEB SITE: www.michaelsaunders.com

Ranked in Realtor Magazine's top 50 for 2005 sales volume and recognized as among the top 10 in the nation for salesperson productivity. Voted Sarasota Herald-Tribune's "Best Real Estate Company" for eight consecutive years. Brought the buyer to 73 percent of all closed transactions in 2005. An affiliate of Christie's Great Estates, Board of Regents, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate and the Realty Alliance.

49 Kimal Lumber Co.

(Sarasota) Door manufacturer and retailer of building materials and trusses.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Al E. Bavry

ANNUAL SALES: $56 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $55 million)

EMPLOYEES: 220

FOUNDED: 1981

WEB SITE: www.kimallumber.com

Added 27,000-square-foot window and door division in 2006.

50 Sarasota Kennel Club

(Sarasota) Dog racing, poker room.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jack Collins Sr. and Jack Collins Jr.

ANNUAL SALES: $55.2 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($55.2 million)

EMPLOYEES: 219

FOUNDED: 1944

WEB SITE: www.sarasotakennelclub.com

Gives more than $50,000 to local charities annually; open year-round for racing and poker.

51 McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors Inc.

(Sarasota) Commercial building specialists.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John A. McIntyre

ANNUAL SALES: $55 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($51 million)

EMPLOYEES: 70

FOUNDED: 1987

52 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: Estimated, $55 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $67 million)

EMPLOYEES: 52

FOUNDED: 1972

WEB SITE: www.willissmith.com

Museum construction specialists with extensive history in educational facilities, church and civic buildings.

53 West Coast Tomato Inc.

(Manatee) Agricultural grower, packer, shipper and seller.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Daniel C. McClure

ANNUAL SALES: $54 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($31 million)

EMPLOYEES: Varies seasonally

FOUNDED: 1973

West Coast Tomato is a wholly owned subsidiary of McClure Properties Ltd.

54 C & D Fruit & Vegetable Co.

(Manatee) Grower, packer, shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Thomas O'Brien

ANNUAL SALES: $51 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($51 million)

EMPLOYEES: 78

FOUNDED: 1971

WEB SITE: www.cdveg.com

Member of Red Book, Blue Book and Gold Circle produce marketing.

55 KHS USA Inc.

(Sarasota) Manufactures fillers, processors, pouchers, cartoners, pasteurizers, conveyors, case/tray packers, rinsers, cappers, kegging equipment, shrink packers, palletizers, inspection equipment and complete turnkey solutions.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mark Arrant

ANNUAL SALES: $50 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($50 million)

EMPLOYEES: 310

FOUNDED: 1970

WEB SITE: www.khs.com

Markets include food, snacks, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and medical devices.

56 Aso Corporation

(Sarasota) Manufactures adhesive bandages, nasal dilators and scar treatment products; supplies wound care products for both medical and retail markets.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Macaskill

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $50 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $50 million)

EMPLOYEES: 290

FOUNDED: 1950, Japan; 1986, U.S.

WEB SITE: www.asocorp.com

Awarded the Category Colonel award the last four years by PL Buyer magazine. ISO 13485 certified; has global operations.

57 Scott Paint Company

(Sarasota) Manufactures, wholesales and retails architectural paints and coatings.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Doug Ramer

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $50 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $50 million)

EMPLOYEES: 140

FOUNDED: 1965

WEB SITE: www.scottpaint.com

58 Southern Agricultural Insecticides

(Manatee) Formulates and distributes lawn and garden and agricultural chemicals.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John R. Diem

ANNUAL SALES: $49.9 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $40.7 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 100

FOUNDED: 1947

WEB SITE: www.southernag.com

59 Zirkelbach Construction

(Manatee) General contractors, design builders, land planners and developers.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Alan Zirkelbach

ANNUAL SALES: $48.2 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($45 million)

EMPLOYEES: 32

FOUNDED: 1996

WEB SITE: www.zconstruction.com

60 Woodruff & Sons Inc.

(Manatee) Underground utility construction.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Roy J. Woodruff

ANNUAL SALES: $48 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($45 million)

EMPLOYEES: 220

FOUNDED: 1925

WEB SITE: www.woodruffandsons.com

61 Teltronics Inc.

(Manatee) Global manufacturer of voice/data communication solutions, including hardware and software for VoIP digital switching systems, enhanced 911 products, call center systems and alarm-management systems.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Ewen R. Cameron

ANNUAL SALES: $46.2 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($46.9 million)

EMPLOYEES: 245

FOUNDED: 1969

WEB SITE: www.teltronics.com

STOCK SYMBOL: OTCBB: TELT

Recognized for many years as an industry leader by the Economic Development Council in the areas of technology achievement (2001), workforce initiatives (2003) and export excellence (2004). Also named one of the region's top 50 technology businesses by Tampa Bay Technology Fast 50. Recognized in 2006 as one of the top 100 government VARS by VARBusiness magazine; recognized as one of the top 25 software developers by Tampa Bay Business Journal. Teltronics products have been featured in many national magazines including The Manufacturer (July 2006), Emergency Medical Product News (July/August 2006), Last Mile (May/June 2006), 911 Magazine (April 2006) and Radio Resource Mission Critical (April 2006). BABT ISO 9001:2000 certified.

62 Crest Cadillac Co. Inc.

(Sarasota) New and used automobiles, retail.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert Geyer

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $46 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $46 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 85

FOUNDED: 1988

63 Englewood Community Hospital

(Sarasota)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Wendy H. Brandon

ANNUAL SALES: $45 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($45 million)

EMPLOYEES: 380

FOUNDED: 1985

WEB SITE: www.englewoodcommunityhospital.com

The only hospital in Charlotte and Sarasota counties to have a nationally accredited chest pain center.

64 Trilectron Industries (an ITW company)

(Manatee) Manufactures a broad line of aircraft ground support equipment for corporate business jets and turbo-props to regional and commercial airlines as well as specialized military support.

GENERAL MANAGER: Richard Hansen

ANNUAL SALES: $43 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $42 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 100

FOUNDED: 1970

WEB SITE: www.trilectron.com

STOCK SYMBOL: ITW

65 Benderson Development Co.

(Manatee) Commercial and residential real estate developer.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Randy Benderson

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $42.1 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $40.1 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 320

FOUNDED: 1950

WEB SITE: www.benderson.com

STOCK SYMBOL:

Develops, owns and manages millions of square feet of commercial and residential real estate in the Northeast and Florida.

66 Darby Automotive Inc.

(Sarasota) New and used automobiles, retail and auto repair.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: C.C. Darby III

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $41.8 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $41.8 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 150

FOUNDED: 1954

Last year's figures were supplied by the company; this year's were estimated using outside resources.

67 National In-Store (a division of Omnicom Group Inc.)

(Sarasota) Retail resources provider offering a wide range of merchandising, ISO-certified fulfillment, experiential marketing, mystery shopping, quality assurance and technical services.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Thomas L. Dowdy

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $41.3 million

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 1310

FOUNDED: 1994

WEB SITE: www.nis-online.com

Serves more than three million retail sites annually with more than 10,000 field associates.

68 Carter Grandle

(Manatee) Manufactures casual furniture, replacement cushions and umbrellas.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Webb G. Carter

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $40 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $40 million)

EMPLOYEES: 300

FOUNDED: 1988

WEB SITE: www.cartergrandle.com

69 HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota

(Sarasota) Rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Daniel A. Eppley, FACHE

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $40 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $40 million)

EMPLOYEES: 250

FOUNDED: 1986

WEB SITE: www.healthsouth.com

STOCK SYMBOL: OTC: HLSH

The only freestanding rehabilitation hospital on Florida's west coast with two outpatient therapy centers.

70 Ned Davis Research Group

(Sarasota) Provides global investment research commentary, charts, ranking systems and consulting services to institutional investors in more than 30 countries; provides investment services for institutional clients.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Ned Davis

ANNUAL SALES: $39 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($39 million)

EMPLOYEES: 80

FOUNDED: 1980

WEB SITE: www.ndr.com

Company officers are frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's and CNBC and have authored The Research Driven Investor, Being Right or Making Money, and The Triumph of Contrarian Investing published by McGraw-Hill.

71 Pruett Builders Inc.

(Sarasota) Design/build custom home builder specializing in the luxury residential market from $700,000 up.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Brian J. Pruett

ANNUAL SALES: $38 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $50 million)

EMPLOYEES: 24

FOUNDED: 1977

WEB SITE: www.pruettbuilders.com

Won a "Best in American Living Award" for Best Home Design; won four "National Energy Value" gold medals for energy efficiency; has won 34 Aurora Awards from the Southeast Builders Conference; builder of the American Lung Association Health House of Florida. Named "Best of the Best" by the Southeast Builders Association.

72 Unisource Administrators Inc.

(Sarasota) Workers Compensation insurance products, claim management and managed care services.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Andrew Olwert

ANNUAL SALES: $38 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($40 million)

EMPLOYEES: 325

FOUNDED: 1995

WEB SITE: www.unisourceadmin.com

Received the Top Producer Award for the third year in a row; also actively involved in fund raising to support the Alzheimer's Association and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

73 LexJet Corporation

(Sarasota) Extensive line of inkjet imaging products; nine distribution centers across the U.S., online shopping, personally assigned account specialists, unlimited product support and educational resources; also carries OEM printers, RIP software, inks, materials, peripherals and other inkjet-related supplies.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Art Lambert and Ron Simkins

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $37 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($30 million)

EMPLOYEES: 83

FOUNDED: 1994

WEB SITE: www.lexjet.com

Ranked 48th in Inc. magazine's 2001 fastest-growing companies; has experienced a 36 percent five-year average annual growth and 10 consecutive years of profitability. Its teams actively support community organizations.

74 Cox Daewoo

(Manatee) Retail auto, new and used.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: J.S. Cox

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $36.3 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $32.5 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 117

FOUNDED: 1926

75 Charter One Hotels and Resorts Inc.

(Sarasota) Hotel management company.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John W. Balliett and Jim Popielinski

ANNUAL SALES: $36 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($39 million)

EMPLOYEES: 825

FOUNDED: 1981

WEB SITE: www.charteronehotels.com


76 Manasota Flooring Inc.


(Sarasota) Floor coverings and installations, countertops, decorative and architectural elements, kitchens and baths.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert Tiffany

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $36 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($30 million)

EMPLOYEES: 96

FOUNDED: 1973

WEB SITE: www.manasotaonline.com

The 26th largest flooring retailer in the U.S. with four separate locations from Tampa to Venice. Operates three sales divisions that target homebuilders, large commercial and residential customers.

77 Mike Carter Construction

(Manatee) Design/build firm and commercial construction.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mike Carter

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $35.4 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $35.4 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 50

FOUNDED: 1977

WEB SITE: www.carterconst.com

78 TDS Construction Inc.

(Manatee) Specializes in freestanding and interior/exterior renovations of existing buildings for the retail and shopping center industry nationwide.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David K. Scherer

ANNUAL SALES: $34.4 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($32.9 million)

EMPLOYEES: 70

FOUNDED: 1987

WEB SITE: www.tdsconstruction.com

Listed in Gulf Coast Business Review's Top 20 contractors for four years; listed in Shopping Center World magazine's Top 50 national retail contractors for 10 years. Member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Contractors Association, Golden Fork supporter of Meals on Wheels and Economic Development Council.

79 Halfacre Construction Co.

(Sarasota) Design/build, construction management and general contracting.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John J. Cox III

ANNUAL SALES: $32 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($32 million)

EMPLOYEES: 30

FOUNDED: 1970

WEB SITE: www.halfacreconstruction.com

80 Advanced Masonry Systems

(Sarasota) Concrete, masonry and structural contractor.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Richard Karp

ANNUAL SALES: $31 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($28 million)

EMPLOYEES: 350-plus

FOUNDED: 1985

81 Germain Toyota of Sarasota

(Sarasota) Retail auto, new and used.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Steve Germain

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $30.6 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $30.6 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 93

FOUNDED: 1999

82 RTI Insurance Services

(Manatee) Insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokers.

PRESIDENT: John M. Goda

ANNUAL SALES: $30.5 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($27 million)

EMPLOYEES: 34

FOUNDED: 1997

WEB SITE: www.rtiflorida.com

Named an Inc. 500 company; moving to new headquarters on University Parkway and Business Boulevard.

83 Gould & Lamb LLC

(Manatee) Cost-containment services for the insurance industry, combining healthcare, insurance and financial information and analysis.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Williams

ANNUAL SALES: $30.3 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($20 million)

EMPLOYEES: 250

FOUNDED: 1999

WEB SITE: www.gouldandlamb.com

Ranked 16th in the health business sector and 126th overall on Inc. 500's list of America's fastest growing private companies. Recently partnered with H.I.G. Capital, a private-equity firm, to expand operations and continue to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to clients. Gould & Lamb LLC plans to continue its aggressive growth to increase market-share in the specialty niche of Medicare, set-aside arrangements and cost-containment services to the insurance industry. Clients include 23 of the top 25 Workers Compensation carriers in the nation, large self-insured corporations, third-party administrators and defense and plaintiff attorneys.

84 Fantech

(Sarasota) Manufacturer of ventilation products to improve indoor air quality in residential and light commercial applications.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Ola Wettergren

ANNUAL SALES: $30 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($26 million)

EMPLOYEES: 67

FOUNDED: 1981

WEB SITE: www.fantech.net

85 Frederick Derr & Company Inc.

(Sarasota) Construction of roads, utilities and coastal erosion structures.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Frederick M. Derr

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $30 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($24 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 140

FOUNDED: 1961

WEB SITE: www.frederickderrcompany.com

86 DeSears Appliance & Home Entertainment

(Manatee) Retail appliances, electronics, furniture, mattresses and home-entertainment furniture.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John L. Rice

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $27.1 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($40 million)

EMPLOYEES: 131

FOUNDED: 1947

WEB SITE: www.desears.com

Last year's figures were supplied by the company; this year's were estimated using outside resources.

87 The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort

(Sarasota) Condo hotel/resort.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dr. M.J. "Murf" Klauber

ANNUAL SALES: $26 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($24 million)

EMPLOYEES: 350

FOUNDED: 1952

WEB SITE: www.colonybeachresort.com

Named one of Conde Nast Traveler's "American Edens," recognized for eight consecutive years by Tennis magazine as the number one tennis resort in the nation; named in the top five by Child magazine for "Best U.S. Family Resort." Family owned and operated for 38 years.

88 Pierce Manufacturing Inc. (Florida Division)

(Manatee) Manufactures commercial fire apparatus and defense transportation products.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Kevin Hyde

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $25 million-plus

PREVIOUS YEAR: (Estimated, $25 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 300

FOUNDED: 1990

WEB SITES: www.piercemfg.com, www.contenderbypierce.com

STOCK SYMBOL: OSK

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corp.

89 American Torch Tip Co.

(Manatee) Welding apparatus.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Walters

ANNUAL SALES: $24 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($24 million)

EMPLOYEES: 210

FOUNDED: 1940

WEB SITE: www.americantorchtip.com

Recently invested $1.5 million in new production equipment.

90 Manatee Glens

(Manatee) Promotes prevention and recovery for people and communities touched by crisis, mental illness and addiction.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mary Ruiz

ANNUAL SALES: $24 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($23 million)

EMPLOYEES: 450

FOUNDED: 1955

WEB SITE: www.manateeglens.com

JCAHO accredited; offers employee assistance program, hospital, psychiatric, outpatient and residential services to children, adolescents, adults and seniors; child welfare service; accepts insurance, third-party payers and sliding scale fee payments..

91 Pacer Marine Inc.

(Sarasota) Supplies and manufacturers wire and cable, electrical harnesses, instrumentation and switch panels as well as a complete electrical parts supplier for the marine industry.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Joseph E. Swiatkowski

ANNUAL SALES: $24 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($20 million)

EMPLOYEES: 100

FOUNDED: 1985

WEB SITE: www.pacermarine.com

Three locations in Florida, including Sarasota headquarters, Fort Lauderdale distribution center and Bradenton manufacturing plant.

92 Vista Products

(Sarasota) Manufacturer of blinds, shutters and shades.

PRESIDENT: Jim Singer

ANNUAL SALES: $24 million

EMPLOYEES: 300 employees

FOUNDED: 1980

WEB SITE: www.vistaproducts.com

93 D.L. Porter Constructors Inc.

(Sarasota) Commercial general contractor.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Gary A. Loer and C. Marshall White

ANNUAL SALES: $23 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($23 million)

EMPLOYEES: 30

FOUNDED: 1977

94 Prudential Palms Realty

(Sarasota) Commercial and residential real estate.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Helen and Scott Sosso

ANNUAL SALES: $22.5 million (represents actual commission revenue from $500 million sales volume)

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($22.5 million)

EMPLOYEES: 250 agents in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte

FOUNDED: 2002

WEB SITE: www.prudentialpalmsrealty.com

95 Pat Cook Construction Inc.

(Manatee) Commercial general contractor specializing in fast-track retail, manufacturing and industrial.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Pat Cook

ANNUAL SALES: $22 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($22 million)

EMPLOYEES: 17

FOUNDED: 1992

WEB SITE: www.patcook.com


96 Teleflex Electrical Marine Division


(Sarasota) Manufactures engine monitoring and instrumentation for the marine, industrial and heavy-duty truck industries.

PLANT MANAGER: William Allen

ANNUAL SALES: $21 million-plus

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($25 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 135

FOUNDED: 1943; 1968, Sarasota

WEB SITE: www.tflx.com

STOCK SYMBOL: NYSE: TFX

A division of Teleflex Inc.

97 ETCO Automotive Products

(Manatee) Manufactures spark-plug terminals and rubber boots for ignition-wire manufacturers.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Bob Altomonte

ANNUAL SALES: $20 million

PREVIOUS YEAR: ($20 million)

EMPLOYEES: 105

FOUNDED: 1979

WEB SITE: www.etco.com

Registered to TS16949.

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