Past Winners:

Business Name:
Triangle - 2012
K3 Enterprises

Kay Autrey - Owner
South ranking: 2
Triangle ranking: 1

Founded in 2005, Fayetteville-based K3 Enterprises provides end-to-end solutions and experience with government contracting in the areas of communications, information technology, Geospatial Information Systems, intelligence, and training. K3 Enterprises is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business with about 75 percent of business conducted in North Carolina. During the past half-decade, company revenues have grown over 800 percent and during the past year, K3 opened the first 11,000 square feet of its new headquarters. The company\'s staff provides over 140 years of combined experience in program management, intelligence, technical management, to include customized knowledge management, product development, communication system production, logistical support as well as various types of training. Among its many civic contributions, K3 has donated time and dollars to organizations and events benefiting soldiers and children.

Triangle - 2012
MedPro Rx, Inc.

Nancy McFarlane - President
South ranking: 19
Triangle ranking: 2

MedPro Rx, an ACHC Accredited provider of specialized pharmacy services to patients with chronic illness, their caregivers and their families. MedPro was recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the nation's fastest-growing private companies in 2011 for the third consecutive year since 2009. The Mission of MedPro Rx is to provide high quality, customer responsive, specialty infusion services to our patients. Their goal is to participate in the healthcare process via integrated, community-based systems that combine pharmacy, nursing, and management experience to achieve positive outcomes for our patients. Through cost containment strategies and care coordination with existing community resources, they provide care that uses sophisticated medication therapy management services to meet the clinical needs of the patient and their payor. President Nancy McFarlaneis aa pharmacist as well as a Raleigh city councilor. She won the Stevie Award for Best Entrepreneur for Women in Business.MedPro Rx has several community outreach programs, including its "Education is Power" scholarship program

Triangle - 2012
BioAgilytix Labs

James Petrilla - President and CEO
South ranking: 21
Triangle ranking: 3

BioAgilytix Labs is a leadingcontract bioanalytical laboratory thatspecializes in the detailed testing and analysis ofbiological samples supporting thediscovery, pre-clinical and clinicaldevelopment work of globalpharmaceutical, biotech, and agriculturalcompanies seeking regulatory approval ofproducts.They foster a culture where everyone operates with integrity-driven leadership and mutual accountability, where each team member can count on the other to do what is necessary to accomplish objectives in support of the customer, while operating with the highest standards of ethics, professionalism and quality. A key driver of BioAgilytix’s rapid growthhas been the company’s strengtheningrelationships with large pharmaceuticalclients, which has driven the company’srevenue from $0.9MM in 2008 to $5.5MMin 2010.After a successfulcareer as a decorated naval officer,James Petrilla, President and CEOhas established himself asa senior, life sciences executive who hasled diverse teams in broad geographies,championed the discovery anddevelopment of innovative products,accelerated regulatory filings, launchedproducts and driven profitable, globalgrowth for 50+ products inpharmaceuticals, biotech, medicaldevices and diagnostics in multipletherapeutic areas.

Triangle - 2012
Active Healthcare / IntegraSleep

Steven and Lisa Feierstein - Founders
South ranking: 25
Triangle ranking: 4

Active Healthcare / IntegraSleepis a leader in the respiratory field, helping North Carolinians breathe easier for over 20 years.  Lead by co-founders Steven and Lisa Feierstein, they have managed the challenges of the medical equipment industry accomplishing 22 years of steady revenue growth.Stevenis a computer engineer, Lisa as a registered nurse, and both have earned MBA degrees. Steven Feierstein has developed many custom state-of-the-art business and technology tools to enhance the work of our dedicated customer service representatives.  These back-end processes have kept Active Healthcare / IntegraSleep on a productive, efficient and profitable course during these challenging healthcare times.   Their three IntegraSleep sleep diagnostic centers experienced a phenomenal growth rate of 150% in 2011.  Active Healthcare works in the community to promote awareness of obstructive sleep apnea through sponsoring quarterly sleep apnea learning events and participating in community health fairs, performing sleep apnea screenings at such places as diabetes conferences, employer health fairs and community centers.

Triangle - 2012
Apex Instruments, Inc.

William H. Howe - President
South ranking: 34
Triangle ranking: 5

For over 24 years, Apex Instruments, Inc. has been designing, manufacturing and distributing world-wide a large variety of source sampling equipment for measuring emissions from smoke stacks and industrial combustion sources according to U.S. EPA guidelines.  Apex staff is dedicated to providing quality equipment suitable for the harsh conditions encountered in source sampling. The company is known for prompt responses to customer needs, quick shipment from an extensive inventory and a high level of technical expertise to meet both the traditional and unusual applications. Apex recently expanded into new building, opened a new training facility, and started manufacturing new innovative heated sample lines.Founded and managed by William H. Howe, an experienced source tester, ApexInstruments has evolved and grown from manufacturing testing equipment for residential woodheaters to being a worldwide market leader in the source sampling equipment industry.The management team is comprised of men and women with strong experience and education intheir related positions and in the environmental industry. Twenty percent of current employees have beenwith Apex Instruments between ten and fifteen years.

Triangle - 2012
Workplace Options

Dean Debnam - CEO
South ranking: 41
Triangle ranking: 6

Workplace Options provides support services that help employees balance their work and personal life. These options include dependent care referrals, wellness services, legal/financial advice, international employee assistance programs, and training programs. They serve over 26,000 organizations and their 34 million employees in 170 countries via offices in Raleigh, London, Toronto, Singapore, and Dublin. They recently secured and implemented a contract to deliver work-life and financial counseling services for Military OneSource, a program that supports America’s active duty military personnel (both enlisted and non-enlisted) around the globe. Worldwide staff has increased by 25% over the past year and the company’s largest revenue increase was in 2011. They are on pace to exceed that increase for 2012.Workplace Options donates to, an organization that offers microloans to small businesses and students around the world. Employees head regional committees and oversee where the funds are allocated. They have donated more than $20,000 to individuals in 15 countries

Triangle - 2012
Blue Diamond Worldwide Transportation

Carrie Peele - CEO
South ranking: 45
Triangle ranking: 7

For twenty years, Blue Diamond Limousines, Sedans &Buses,LLC has provided the finest luxury transportation in North Carolina. With nationwide service, they are one of the premier providers of corporate and leisure transportation services in the Raleigh area. They provide all transportation for the private jets at TAC Air & Landmark Aviation at RDU. Starting with one car in 1990, Carrie Peele has built the largest woman-owned limousine service in the Carolinas with over thirty vehicles. It is now a company with national and global reach through a network with 600 other transportation service providers around the country and around the world. “We are dedicated to meeting our clients’ every need, continually striving to find ways to better serve you and to maintain our commitment to excellence.” Blue Diamond offers a complete fleet of transportation options including limousines, sedans, SUV’sand buses and have a wealth of experience serving Fortune 500 companies residing in or visiting Eastern & Central North Carolina. Blue Diamond can also provide registered body guards and security services as needed.

Triangle - 2012

Damien Walz - Director of Business Development
South ranking: 49
Triangle ranking: 8

VectorCSP, founded in 2002, is a government services company that provides comprehensive logistics support solutions to its clients.  VectorCSP’s largest single client is the United States Coast Guard for whom they provide logistics systems analysis and direct logistics support for their aircraft and surface forces fleets.  Headquartered in Elizabeth City, NC, near the Coast Guard’s Aviation Logistics Center, revenue has quadrupled since 2006. The “CSP” in the company name stands for “Cost, Schedule, and Performance”.  Their mission is to “Work Smart and Hard, to make Government Work Better”… and they do this every day by optimizing logistics support to achieve “affordable readiness” for an organization whose motto is Semper Paratus “Always Ready”.Recent achievements include reducing the maintenance costs of all Coast Guard small boats by 30-50% while increasing operational availability across the board, completing fleet-wide logistics modernization support across all Coast Guard Sectors and Logistics

Triangle - 2012
The Special Event Company

Sally Webb - CEO
South ranking: 55
Triangle ranking: 9

The Special Event Company is an award-winning event and meeting management company with headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and London, England. Founded in 1986, they provide strategic planning and creative solutions for events and programs around the world. TSEC has won or been nominated for over 30 international awards, including 10 awards for events in the RTP region and four awards won in 2009. They are a one-stop shop for event management, meeting services, production, lighting, catering, décor and marketing through their group of companies. The focus is to earn the clients' trust through industry knowledge, understanding their business challenges and celebrating their successes with a commitment to partnerships. CEO SallyWebb is a regular lecturer in event management globally, speaking at numerous conferences and universities including the CIBER program at the UCLA, Temple University in Philadelphia, University of Sydney, NC State University and Oxford Brooks in the United Kingdom.

Triangle - 2012

Sean O’Leary - President & CEO
South ranking: 72
Triangle ranking: 10

Founded in 2003, StrikeIron is the leader in Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), delivering data quality and communications solutions via their cloud platform. The company provides address verification, email verification, phone validation, append, SMS text messaging, and sales tax solutions to customers in a variety of markets. StrikeIron’s solutions are delivered as Web services that can be easily integrated into any application or system. Additionally, their solutions are pre-integrated into leading platforms like: Magento, Eloqua,, Informatica, Oracle CRM On-Demand, and more. A key initiative of 2011 was to understand their customers at a much deeper level which resulted in decreased churn, a dramatic increase upgrades and helped drive both exceptional revenue growth and growth in headcount.Yearover year growth in 2011 was 47%. The company allows employees to pursue the philanthropic causes they find most personally meaningful, then providing the foundation and support for them to maximize their contribution including: flexible working schedules, use of company resources, and most importantly recruiting other volunteers inside of StrikeIron.

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