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St. Louis RCGA

The St. Louis RCGA, in partnership with the St. Louis office of Deloitte, is proud to present the Greater St. Louis Top 50 Award winners in this month’s Commerce. The theme for the program is “Businesses Shaping Our Future,” and the companies have been selected because of their significant contributions to the St. Louis region and their positive impact on the future of our business community.

The roots of the Top 50 trace back to 1996, when the St. Louis Regional Technology Fast 50 recognized those companies who excelled in the areas of technology, plant and life sciences, and advanced manufacturing. This year, the newly-named Top 50 program has been expanded to recognize companies in all industries.

Due to the number of outstanding companies submitting nomination forms, 53 companies are being recognized in this year’s program.

Each nominee was measured on a variety of standards, including growth in number of employees, enhancement of the community, revenue growth, acquisitions and the expansion and/or development of facilities. As in past years, the award committee was forced to make extremely tough decisions, based on the high number of truly outstanding nominees.

As part of the program, Graybar Electric will receive the prestigious Spirit of St. Louis Technology Award in recognition of its groundbreaking $100 million infrastructure investment in an enterprise resource planning system.

All of this year’s winners will be recognized at the annual awards dinner, to be held Dec. 7, 2004, at the St. Louis Science Center. This first-class event provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate successes and network with other members of our business community. For more information and/or dinner reservations, please call Denise Hasty at (314) 444-1134.


By James Nicholson

The 2004 Spirit of St. Louis Technology Award, presented by the St. Louis office of Deloitte and the St. Louis RCGA has been awarded to Graybar Electric in recognition of its commitment to technology and the St. Louis region. Specifically, in 2002, Graybar invested over $100 million in an enterprise resource planning system to raise the
bar on performance and value for its customers and suppliers. The project known as PACE (Performance, Agility, Collabora-tion, Efficiency) is an enterprise transformation using technology as a catalyst to streamline operations and increase the tempo for all in-house processes.

Robert A. Reynolds Jr.
Graybar Electric,
Chairman, President and CEO

Graybar Chairman, President and CEO Robert A. Reynolds Jr. will be the first to explain that PACE was anything but a two-year project. “In the late ‘90s, we were outgrowing our legacy system and we realized that upgrading our information technology would be of prime importance to our future. Realizing that knowledge is power and that those who own the knowledge will have power, we embarked on a major initiative designed to secure our leadership role in the industry.”

Vice President and Chief Information Officer D. Beatty D’Alessandro was placed in charge of the project. “We had reached the critical point when we would run out of capacity,” explains D’Alessandro. “In December 2001, we green-lighted the PACE project. On Oct. 11, 2004, we completed it. At many points along the way, it felt like the siege of Stalingrad.”

During this time, Graybar purchased the most ubiquitous enterprise software available from German technology giant SAP. According to D’Alessandro, the experience gained from the PACE project has helped SAP become an effective thought leader for systems in the distribution industry.

Being unique is nothing new to Graybar. Founded as Gray & Barton in 1869 by Elisha Gray and Enos Barton (hence, Graybar), the company soon attracted new partner Anson Stager, the general superintendent of the Western Union Telegraph Company. By 1872, Gray & Barton had become Western Electric Manufacturing. As practical uses for electricity expanded, so did Western Electric’s business. By the end of the last century, it was the foremost manufacturer of telephone equipment (while also producing arc lamps, lighting equipment and various forms of electrically-powered machines ranging from fans to generators). Coinciding with the boom on its manufacturing side, the company experienced an equal boom in its distribution business, ultimately becoming the country’s largest wholesaler.

By 1926, Western Electric had expanded to the extent that a separate entity was spun off merely for the distribution of supplies and equipment and the name Graybar was attached to the world’s largest source of electrical supplies. A sticking point in the purchase of the new company was Western Electric’s stipulation that employee benefits remain the same. Graybar employees solved the problem themselves, in what Reynolds says at the time was “the most unique buyout in the history of the country,” by buying their own company. It has since remained an employee-owned concern.

Vice President for Human Resources and Strategic Planning Kathleen Mazzarella cites Graybar’s “unique employee ownership culture” as a strength in the company’s ability to move ahead of the norm. “Our employees tie together in a pro-company mindset. If any of us make a mistake, we realize that this is our company. We’re very egalitarian.”

Mazzarella also likes to underscore Graybar tradition. “We traditionally start at the bottom. We promote from within.” Like Reynolds, she can illustrate her thesis with her own company history. “When I was just 19, Graybar gave me a job. It gave me an education. (Graybar funded both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.) It allowed me to balance work and family. I’ve had 10 positions in 25 years and, now, I’m on the board of directors of a Fortune 500 company. How many companies are willing to invest so much in their people?”

For the PACE project, Graybar went to every discipline of the company and asked for their best employees. “(We wanted) people who like a challenge and are good thinkers in a high stress environment,” Mazzarella says. One hundred and seventy-five employees were selected and spent the next two years working on the project. “Of all the possibilities in the SAP software, they had to determine which was the best for Graybar,” D’Alessandro says. “Integration is a key part of the value driver. It’s all in one package. One part knows instantaneously what the others are doing.”

At 8 a.m. on April 1, 2003, PACE was put to the test when Reynolds pushed the button on the project’s first live trial, linking corporate headquarters in St. Louis with the Minneapolis district. The test was an instant success. D’Alessandro says, “There was a lot bet, both politically and economically, on the success of this system.”

Now, D’Alessandro says he can walk into any Graybar branch in the country and see the impact of the project at work. “The entire crew working on the project feels the same,” he says. “Especially as a non-technologist, doing something like this was three times harder than I thought. It would not have been possible if I had not had access to really talented employees working for a common goal.”

Reynolds is determined that Graybar’s leadership role will continue, both in the market and in the community. “We want Graybar to be the No. 1 distributor,” he says. “We want to be the coast-to-coast leader in supporting the initiatives of our customers and suppliers, and in responsibility towards our employees and retiree shareholders. We want to stay actively involved in this and our other communities.”

Reynolds says he is “honored and pleased” for Graybar to have received the Spirit of St. Louis Technology Award. “It means a lot to Graybar, to our people and to me,” he says.

Previous Spirit of St. Louis Technology Award winners are: Emerson in 2003; Monsanto in 2002; and Sigma-Aldrich in 2001.

Top 50 Winners
A-E | F-M | N-Z

American Radiolabeled Chemicals Inc.

101 Arc Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

(314) 991-4545

(314) 991-4692

Surendra Gupta, President and CFO

Description: ARC is engaged in a highly specialized biotechnology field of radio-labeled chemicals for life science research. Established in 1983, it is a privately-owned corporation with worldwide distribution based in Maryland Heights.

1999– 23      2000– 24
2001– 25      2002– 24
2003– 26

History: ARC was founded by Surendra and Karen Gupta in 1983 in a 1,500-square-foot building on Shaw Avenue. Today, with its own 25,000-square-foot headquarters building in Maryland Heights, ARC has established itself as one of the leading suppliers of radiochemicals in the world, with customers among the top pharmaceutical companies and universities.

Distinction: ARC was one of the first recipients of the Fast 50 technology award. Last year, it spent more than $1.5 million on the construction of a new 25,000-square-foot office warehouse building in Maryland Heights. The design and construction was completed by Duke Realty using local workers.

Ariel Premium Supply Inc.

8530 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63114

(314) 890-0330

(314) 429-2632

Tai Lin, CEO

Yuh-Ling Lu, CFO

Description: Since 1993, privately-owned Ariel Premium Supply has internationally supplied promotional products.

1999– 46      2000– 59
2001– 66      2002– 75
2003– 78

History: Founded in 1993, APSI, for three years running (1998-2000) was named the fastest-growing company in the promotional industry by the Advertising Specialty Institute. In 11 years, it has grown to a
company with 86 regular full-time employees. It is the largest supplier of stress balls in the North American promotional product industry.

Distinction: Through its commitment to better serve its customers and to provide a better working environment for its employees, APSI has maintained a record of growth even during the stringent economic situation of the past few years.

Asynchrony Solutions Inc.

1709 Washington Avenue, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63103

(314) 678-2200

(314) 436-2559

Robert Elfanbaum, CEO

Nancy Jones, CFO

Description: A privately-owned technology firm that provides services and products focused on systems integration, enterprise architecture and custom-application development.

1999– 12      2000– 22
2001– 15      2002– 24
2003– 31

Annual Revenues:
1999– $0.1 million      2000– $1.2 million
2001– $1.4 million      2002– $2.9 million
2003– $4.8 million

History: Asynchrony Solutions was founded in 1999 by Nate Mckie and brothers Bob, Steve and Dave Elfanbaum. The company’s initial focus was to provide IT services to Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies. Over the next five years, Asynchrony expanded 75 percent annually, and it currently has about 60 employees with offices in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.

Distinction: Asynchrony Solutions has received national attention as a leading technology firm, including coverage in dozens of industry-leading publications. Its work with the U.S. Department of Defense has bolstered St. Louis’s credibility as a high-tech resource for the federal government. In 2000, the company relocated from Earth City to Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis, and recently expanded its offices there.

BJC HealthCare

4444 Forest Park Avenue, Suite 500
St. Louis, MO 63108

(314) 286-2000

(314) 286-2060

Steven H. Lipstein, President and CEO

Patrick Dupuis, Vice President and CFO

Description: A locally-based nonprofit health care organization that serves the St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions.

1999– 20,110      2000– 20,339
2001– 20,486      2002– 20,711
2003– 20,750

History: BJC HealthCare was founded in 1992 when two St. Louis hospitals, Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, became affiliated. The new organization, Barnes-Jewish Inc., merged in June 1993 with Christian Health Services and became BJC Health System. In 1994, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital joined the organization, now known as BJC HealthCare.

Distinction: As the largest employer in the St. Louis area, BJC HealthCare has a tremendous impact on the local community and economy. The organization invests substantial capital in renovating, expanding and building health care facilities. BJC is also the largest provider of charity care in Missouri, providing approximately $100 million in charity and unreimbursed care each year to members of the community.

Build-A-Bear Workshop

1954 Innerbelt Business Center Drive
St. Louis, MO 63114

(314) 423-8000

(314) 423-8188

Maxine Clark, Chief Executive Bear

Tina Klocke, Chief Financial Bear

Description: Build-A-Bear Workshop is a teddy bear-themed retail store that allows children to actively create their own stuffed animal companions. Established in 1997, they are based in St. Louis with retail stores worldwide. In October of this year Build-A-Bear went public.

1999– 40       2000– 98
2001– 133     2002– 175
2003– 188

Annual Revenues:
1999– $18 million
2000– $55.4 million
2001– $106.6 million
2002– $169.1 million
2003– $213.6 million

History: The first Build-A-Bear Workshop retail store opened in St. Louis in 1997. Today it boasts more than 170 retail stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark and South Korea, making Build-A-Bear one of the fastest growing mall-based specialty retailers. This unique retail concept has earned founder Maxine Clark a national and international reputation as an industry innovator.

Distinction: Build-A-Bear Workshop contributes to the growth of the community and brings St. Louis financial gain not only through its retail stores, but by using other St. Louis businesses. Expansion of its “World Bearquarters” in St. Louis, its e-commerce warehouse and fulfillment center means additional real estate investment. Also, all of its national and international meetings are held in St. Louis.

Centene Corporation

7711 Carondelet Avenue, Suite 800
St. Louis, MO 63105

(314) 725-4477

(314) 558-2428

Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman and CEO

Karey L. Witty, Senior Vice President and CFO

Description: Centene is a multi-line managed care organization that provides Medicaid-related programs to organizations and individuals through government subsidized programs.

Annual Revenues:
1999– $201.4 million
2000– $221.4 million
2001– $326.6 million
2002– $461.5 million
2003– $769.7 million

History: Centene began in 1984 in Milwaukee, Wisc., to respond to a state Medicaid managed care initiative. Today, the company operates health plans in Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin.

Distinction: The second quarter of 2004 marked Centene’s 20th consecutive quarter of increased profitability and achieved financial expectations. Moreover, the company’s Margin Protection Program has produced consistent results, pricing cycle stability and ongoing financial savings for the states in which Centene operates.

Chemir Analytical Services Inc.

2672 Metro Boulevard
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

(314) 291-6620

(314) 291-6630

Shri Thanedar, CEO

Ed Kuper, Controller

Description: Chemir Analytical Services is a premier analytical laboratory offering customized chemical analyses, deformulation, materials identification, failure analysis and product characterization.

1999– 22 2000– 30
2001– 35 2002– 41
2003– 50

Annual Revenues:
1999– $3.4 million 2000– $4 million
2001– $6 million 2002– $6.3 million
2003– $8.1 million

History: Initially an independent testing laboratory, Chemir has expanded to aid over 6,000 clients solving challenging industrial problems with chemical analysis, consulting and litigation support. A subsidiary, Chemir Pharma Services, is a contract research organization supporting the development of pharmaceutical products.

Distinction: Chemir Analytical Services is a small company doing big things, from providing the highest quality services to important industries, to partnering with large and small pharmaceutical companies. Its non-routine problem solving is unique and brings customers to St. Louis

Chlorogen Inc.

893 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 812-8151

(314) 812-8080

David N. Duncan, President and CEO

Description: Chlorogen is an early-stage biopharmaceutical company currently developing several therapeutic proteins directed toward high-mortality diseases of ovarian and pancreatic cancer. Chlorogen is a privately-owned company and is headquartered in St. Louis.

2001– 1      2002– 2
2003– 5

History: Founded in 2001 by Henry Daniell, Chlorogen is the leader in chloroplast transformation technology which promises to be the future of protein production in plants. With its patented technology, Chlorogen has generated widespread interest from a wide range of biotechnology companies because it offers major environmental and productivity advantages.

Distinction: Chlorogen is the pioneer in a new and unique branch of plant biotechnology, which will place St. Louis in the forefront. At a time when start-up biology companies across the country are competing for venture capital funding, Chlorogen has succeeded in securing $5.8 million in support of a 24-month technology and commercial development program.

CitiMortgage Inc.

1000 Technology Drive
O’Fallon, MO 63304

(636) 261-2484

David Schneider, President and COO

Paul Ince, CFO

Description: CitiMortgage is a locally-headquartered residential mortgage lending and servicing firm.

1999– 1,500      2000– 1,500
2001– 2,000      2002– 2,500
2003– 3,000

History: Headquartered in the St. Louis region for more than 30 years, CitiMortgage is the residential mortgage lending business for Citigroup. Two years ago, CitiMortgage was the 11th largest residential lender in the country and now ranks sixth. Last year, the firm built a 515,000-square-foot headquarters in O’Fallon, Mo., which houses most of its local employees.

Distinction: Over the past year, CitiMortgage has provided funding to several local outlets, including Circus Flora, Fair St. Louis, Forest Park Forever, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, Rebuilding Together St. Louis, and many other charitable/social organizations. Through CitiMortgage’s Jeans Charity program, employees have given more than $550,000 back to the community since 1999.

Clayco Construction Company Inc.

2199 Innerbelt Business Center Drive
St. Louis, MO 63114

(314) 429-5100

(314) 429-1890

Robert G. Clark, Chairman and CEO

Michael Murphy, CFO and Senior Vice President

Description: Clayco is a fully integrated design-build firm offering real estate, architectural and concrete services focusing on building for the corporate, logistic, food and beverage, institutional and manufacturing markets.

1999– 675      2000– 410
2001– 301      2002– 262
2003– 198

History: Clayco Construction was founded by Robert Clark in 1984. Today, Clayco is a nationwide provider of commercial and institutional projects with full-service offices in Chicago, Dallas and Detroit. The company focuses on real estate development and design-build construction, and is well known for creating many of the St. Louis region’s newest landmark structures.

Distinction: Clayco has been profiled in Design-Build Magazine and ranks in the top 50 in Engineering News-Record’s top general contractors list, and in the top 50 in the nation among design-build firms. In addition, Clayco also is ranked the nation’s leading concrete contractor and the No. 1 warehouse and distribution contractor in the nation.

Computer Sales International Inc.

9990 Old Olive Street Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 997-7010

(314) 997-7844

Kenneth B. Steinback, Chairman and CEO

Frederic K. O’Neal, Executive Vice President and co-CFO

Description: CSI is one of the largest independent IT leasing companies in the world specializing in leasing and remarketing a full spectrum of IT equipment worldwide. This privately-owned company is headquartered in St. Louis.

1999– 184      2000– 215
2001– 216      2002– 247
2003– 251

History: A pioneer in the IT leasing arena in 1972, CSI today employs more than 440 leasing and remarketing specialists throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Central America, Germany and the United Kingdom. A privately-held company, CSI has maintained the same senior management since its inception. Financially stable, its assets top $770 million.

Distinction: In over 30 years, CSI has never had a layoff, which it sees as its greatest contribution to the St. Louis economy. This past year, its workforce grew by 19.7 percent, with a majority of that growth in its St. Charles subsidiary, EPC. Also, its direct investments in building the IT infrastructure of St. Louis-area corporations neared $20 million this past year.

Connectria Corporation

10845 Olive Boulevard, Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 587-7000

(314) 587-7090

Richard S. Waidmann, Chairman, President and CEO

Cindy Backes, CFO

Description: Locally-headquartered and privately-owned, Connectria internationally provides information technology infrastructure as a utility.

1999– 49      2000– 55
2001– 78      2002– 65
2003– 75

Annual Revenues:
1999– $6.7 million        2000– $9.5 million
2001– $13.4 million      2002– $9.7 million
2003– $9.6 million

History: Realizing that companies generating their own IT power would be analogous to companies at the turn of the last century generating their own electricity, Connectria provides world-class “IT Utility” services to companies world-wide, including Ameren, Deutsche Bank, Graybar, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and Merrill Lynch.

Distinction: Connectria has helped establish St. Louis as a center for delivering advanced technology services around the globe. It has helped over 50 local companies become more efficient and profitable, allowing them to reinvest and expand their businesses. It spent over $2 million in 2003 to expand its capabilities.

DataServ LLC

12825 Flushing Meadows Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63131

(314) 842-1155

(314) 842-6161

Jeffrey Haller, Managing Partner

Kathi Haller, Vice President

Description: A privately-owned, international technology firm that provides electronic document management and storage.

1999– 17      2000– 29
2001– 26      2002– 30
2003– 36

History: Jeff Haller founded DataServ in 1994 to provide companies with document imaging and management services as an alternative to in-house storage systems. Today, the company consists of a centralized data center, a single imaging operations department and a growing technical group that processes electronic documents for clients across the country via the Internet.

Distinction: DataServ’s services benefit the St. Louis economy by empowering clients to implement cost-reducing and revenue-generating initiatives. The company’s local and national growth has infused the local economy with more money spent on goods and services. DataServ has signed more new clients this year than in any other year since its inception and has even bigger plans for years to come.

Divergence Inc.

893 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 812-8052

(314) 812-8080

Derek K. Rapp, CEO

Michelle Insco, Company Administrator

Description: Divergence is a world leader in the application of genomics to agriculture and infectious disease. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in St. Louis, this privately-owned company develops products for the prevention and control of parasitic infections in plants, animals and people.

1999– 2       2000– 7
2001– 15     2002– 16
2003– 15

Annual Revenues:
2001– $99,958      2002– $263,827
2003– $543,850

History: Divergence was founded by Dr. James P. McCarter in 1999 at Washington University in St. Louis. McCarter, involved in the world’s largest effort to sequence portions of genomes of parasitic nematodes (roundworms), established Divergence to “mine” the publicly-available data on this project and develop products based on that information. Today, Divergence is the largest parasite control research group in the United States.

Distinction: Since its formation, Divergence has raised $9 million in equity and $2.5 million of government grants. Of these funds, roughly 70 percent have come to Divergence from outside the St. Louis region. Divergence has also developed strong ties to a number of local institutions and has helped attract and retain scientists and others to the region.

Engineered Support Systems Inc.

201 Evans Lane
St. Louis, MO 63121

(314) 553-4000

(314) 553-4991

Gerald A. Potthoff, Vice Chairman, CEO and President

Gary C. Gerhardt, Vice Chairman and CFO

Description: Engineered Support Systems designs, manufactures and supplies integrated military electronics, support equipment and technical and logistics services for all branches of America’s armed forces and certain foreign militaries, homeland security forces and selected government and intelligence agencies.

Annual Revenues:
1999– $147 million
2000– $335 million
2001– $365 million
2002– $408 million
2003– $573 million

History: Founded in 1982 by Michael F. Shanahan Sr., the company commenced operations as Engineered Air Systems Inc. (EAS), a manufacturer of military support equipment.

Distinction: With eight consecutive years of record results, Engineered Support Systems is rapidly approaching revenues of $1 billion and beyond. In pursuit of that goal, the company continues to deliver exceptional performance with a proven strategy of solid internal growth, selective

Express Scripts

13900 Riverport Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

(314) 770-1666

(314) 702-7059

Barrett Toan, CEO

George Paz, President

Ed Stiften, CFO

Description: One of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), Express Scripts provides prescription drug plans for millions of people through employers, managed-care plans, unions and governmental entities.

1999– 1,000      2000– 1,200
2001– 1,500      2002– 1,800
2003– 2,400

Annual Revenues:
1999– $3.8 billion      2000– $6.1 billion
2001– $8.6 billion      2002– $12.3 billion
2003– $13.3 billion

Investments in the Region: Express Scripts has expanded its St. Louis presence from one building in 1995 to an eight-building campus today, making their headquarters the primary occupant in the Riverport business-development area. The total value of the expansion is $218 million.

History: From 1998 to 2002, Express Scripts acquired three PBMs; following these, the company acquired a drug marketing company and a specialty biotech-distribution pharmacy. After going public in 1992, the company was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes list of “Best Small Companies.” In 1995, it was No. 45 on Fortune’s list of “Fastest Growing Companies.” Today, Express Scripts is No. 151 on the Fortune 500 and the recipient of Fortune’s first-ever “Streetie Award” for the best overall performance by any company.

Distinction: Through a competitive pay structure, creative benefits package, unique career advancement opportunities and bonus/incentive programs, Express Scripts is committed to fostering a dynamic work force. The company has always been among the industry leaders in innovative, forward thinking, which has enabled it to build a rewarding culture of talent development and management.

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Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum

211 North Broadway, Suite 600
St. Louis, MO 63102

(314) 421-2001

(314) 421-6073

Clark Davis, Chief Administrative Officer

Bob Pratzel, CFO

Description: An international provider of architecture, engineering, interiors, lighting, graphics, facilities planning and assessment and construction services.

1999– 229      2000– 224
2001– 233      2002– 193
2003– 204

Annual Revenues:
1999– $274 million      2000– $309 million
2001– $315 million      2002– $309 million
2003– $301 million

History: Building on a philosophy of pursuing diversity in terms of clients, building types, services and locations, HOK has not only sustained, but exceeded, the vision of its founders. From the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, through the Federal Design Achievement Award, to Camden Yards and the Jake, HOK excels.

Distinction: HOK has forged alliances with leading practices across Europe, giving the firm a strong local presence in most major European cities. It is the first and only architectural firm to earn a “Designing a Sustainable and Secure World” Award from Global Green USA. The AIA Committee on the Environment has recognized the seventh consecutive HOK project in its Top Ten Green Projects list.

HITS Scanning Solutions

11833 New Halls Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63033

(314) 837-4000

(314) 837-4059

Peter Gallagher, CEO

Kathy Hobler, Director, Financial Services

Description: A privately owned technology firm that provides scanning services to digitize source document information, primarily in the health care industry

1999– 32      2000– 56
2001– 78      2002– 102
2003– 126

History: HITS Scanning Solutions started in 1997 as Advanced Microfilm Systems in the basement of founder Peter Gallagher’s home. Seven years and five locations later, the firm has created more than 100 jobs, operates in five states, and now scans upwards of 60 million images annually for clients that include health care giants and rural hospitals alike.

Distinction: During its brief history, HITS Scanning Solutions has grown considerably and was ranked first in the St. Louis Regional Technology Top 50 in 2002 and third in 2003. The firm also makes philanthropic contributions to several local organizations and sponsors several youth sports teams.

Huttig Building Products Inc.

555 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 216-2611

(314) 216-2601

Michael A. Lupo, President and CEO

Thomas McHugh, Vice President and CFO

Description: Locally based, publicly owned wholesale distributor of millwork and building products for national clients

1999– 118      2000– 168
2001– 175      2002– 139
2003– 101

Annual Revenues:
1999– $800 million      2000– $1,073 million
2001– $948 million      2002– $873 million
2003– $909 million

History: Founder Charles H. Huttig entered the wholesale sash and door business in 1885 when he purchased the business of Gray and Holekamp in North St. Louis. Huttig Sash and Door continued to grow until 1913, when it was incorporated as Huttig Building Products. Today, the company distributes millwork, building materials and wood products through 49 distribution centers in 47 states.

Distinction: For nearly 120 years, Huttig has sustained floods, fires and other natural disasters, but has always chosen to rebuild in St. Louis. Huttig is well poised for continued improvement and growth in 2004.

Innoventor Inc.

10 Kimler, Suite A
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

(314) 692-9998

(314) 692-9942

Kent Schien, President and CEO

Greg Miller, CFO and COO

Description: A privately-owned engineering company, Innoventor takes a full turnkey approach to production process and product development.

1999– 30      2000– 35
2001– 40      2002– 50
2003– 50

History: Started in 1996, Innoventor has grown to a company employing 50 engineers with an average of 20 years experience. The company innovates for its customers in areas of production, process and product development engineering in the aerospace, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical, agriculture, power, commercial and industrial and transportation industries.

Distinction: Innoventor has invested its own dollars in the development of green technologies, medical devices for lymphedema and wound care treatment technologies. In its commitment to young engineers, close to 40 students have spent time on the job shadowing the engineering team, learning the business and performing hands-on design and build activities. This year Innoventor kicked off an annual “Young Inventor’s Day” celebration.

The Korte Company

The Annex-Suite
200-700 Union Station
St. Louis, MO 63103

(314) 231-3700

(314) 231-4682

Todd Korte, President and CEO

Bill Boudouris, Executive Vice President, Finance and CFO

Description: Throughout its 46-year-history, Korte Construction has pioneered construction management as an effective project delivery method. Its project-oriented focus on quality, engineering, management, adherence to schedule and owner satisfaction has led to this success.

1999– 225      2000– 253
2001– 284      2002– 241
2003– 197

Annual Revenues:
1999– $124.9 million
2000– $137.3 million
2001– $282.2 million
2002– $209.2 million
2003– $131.6 million

History: The Korte Company was founded in 1958 on the belief that professionalism, quality and value-added services are fundamental to a successful company.

Distinction: With more than 1,500 successfully completed projects, Korte is highly experienced in managing all types of projects and remains a leader in design-build and construction management services.

KV Pharmaceutical

2503 South Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO 63144

(314) 645-6600

(314) 644-2419

Marc S. Hermelin, Vice Chairman and CEO

Gerald R. Mitchell, Vice President, Treasurer and CFO

Description: KV Pharmaceutical is the only specialty pharmaceutical company competing in the branded, generic and non-branded, and value-added specialty ingredient markets. KV is a publicly-owned company with a national market headquartered in St. Louis.

1999– 455     2000– 637
2001– 772     2002– 860
2003– 1,000

Annual Revenues:
1999– $112.9 million
2000– $142.7 million
2001– $177.8 million
2002– $204.1 million
2003– $245 million

History: Founded in 1942 by Victor Hermelin, KV Pharmaceutical began as a contract researcher and manufacturer for major pharmaceutical companies. Today KV has moved from depending on its partners for its growth and profitability to controlling its own by developing products through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Ther-Rx Corporation and ETHEX Corporation.

Distinction: KV has consistently ranked as one of American’s fastest growing small companies. In the last five years its local manufacturing and distribution facility space increased from 320,000 square feet to more than one million square feet. Additional upgrades of the existing facilities and equipment is anticipated. Also, KV’s workforce has increased from 350 to over 1,000, again with continued growth expected.

LaBarge Inc.

9900A Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

(314) 997-0800

(314) 812-9438

Craig E. LaBarge, President and CEO

Donald H. Nonnenkamp, Vice President and CFO

Description: LaBarge is a recognized leader in the electronics manufacturing services industry and is a publicly-owned corporation with headquarters in St. Louis.

1999– 50      2000– 50
2001– 38      2002– 40
2003– 41

Annual Revenues:
1999– $78.5 million
2000– $78.3 million
2001– $116.7 million
2002– $117.2 million
2003– $102.9 million

History: LaBarge began as LaBarge Pipe & Steel Company in 1953. In 1968, it merged with Dorsett Electronic in Tulsa, Okla. By the late 1980s, electronics manufacturing had become the company’s primary business. Today, LaBarge is a contract electronics manufacturer acting as an outsourcing partner to large original equipment manufacturers providing them with sophisticated electronic equipment through design and manufacturing services.

Distinction: LaBarge is a growing company with deep local roots and a national presence. Fiscal year 2004 showed an increase in the company’s net sales by 28 percent to $131.5 million. Net earnings during that period increased 205 percent to nearly $7 million. Revenues in 2005 are expected to grow 25 percent, fueled by internal growth initiatives and acquisitions.

Linco Research Inc.

Six Research Park Drive
St. Charles, MO 63304

(636) 441-8400

(636) 441-8050

Rick Ryan, Ph.D. CEO

Gerald R. Walsh, CFO

Description: Founded in 1978, Linco Research internationally provides immunoassays for drug and disease research.

1999– 20      2000– 25
2001– 34      2002– 42
2003– 50

History: Linco was originally founded to provide Radioimmunoassays to researchers in the field of diabetes and obesity research. The business expanded into ELISAs, a non-radioactive assay, and multiplexing.

Distinction: The company has added employees, several from area educational institutions, and expanded into a new facility. Collaborating with local universities and researchers, Linco is a prime example of the region’s strength in the life science industry.

Mallinckrodt Tyco Healthcare

675 McDonnell Boulevard
Hazelwood, MO 63042

(314) 654-2000

(314) 654-5381

Mike Collins & Mark Thom, Co-Presidents


Doug McKinney, CFO

Description: Mallinckrodt, a business unit of Tyco Healthcare, is a leading producer of specialty health care products in the areas of diagnostic imaging, respiratory care and pain relief.

2001– 2,060      2002– 2,185
2003– 2,280      2004– 2,620

History: Mallinckrodt traces its roots back to 1867. The company has grown into a multibillion dollar corporation providing products in three essential areas of medicine—respiratory care, diagnostic imaging, and analgesic pharmaceuticals. In 2000, Mallinckrodt merged with Tyco International.

Distinction: Mallinckrodt has opened a nonprofit resource center providing information on health and human services, nonprofit management and volunteerism in the St. Louis area. Other examples of Mallinckrodt’s presence in the community include financial support of a free dental clinic for children from low-income families in St. Louis and a contribution to fund the Mallinckrodt Just Like Me play area at the St. Louis Zoo.

Maritz Inc.

1375 North Highway Drive
Fenton, MO 63099

(636) 827-4000

W. Stephen Maritz, Chairman of the Board and CEO

James W. Kienker, CFO and Executive Vice President

Description: A privately-owned, St. Louis-based performance management services company that provides market research, incentive initiatives, rewards and recognition, travel management, and other services to an international group of clients.

1999– 2,606      2000– 2,648
2001– 2,555      2002– 2,475
2003– 2,085

Annual Revenues:
1999– $1.2 billion      2000– $1.3 billion
2001– $1.3 billion      2002– $1.4 billion
2003– $1.3 billion

History: Founded in 1894, Maritz began as a jewelry manufacturing company but redefined itself after the Great Depression, when the demand for jewelry and luxury goods waned. Founder James Maritz began selling watches and jewelry to large national corporations to use as service awards, which began Maritz’s foray into the performance management services that it provides today.

Distinction: Maritz employs more than 2,000 people and continues to recruit high-caliber employees locally. The company invests philanthropic donations in the community that target education, human health and the environment. As a performance management services company, Maritz continually impacts St. Louis by improving its clients, and some of its largest national and international clients are located in St. Louis.

Marketing Direct Inc.

530 Maryville Centre Drive, Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 590-8300

(314) 590-8383

Dennis Barnes Jr., President

Description: A St. Louis-based, privately-owned firm that provides integrated marketing services on a national basis.

1999– 15      2000– 26
2001– 17      2002– 29
2003– 31

Annual Revenues:
1999– $6.6 million      2000– $6.9 million
2001– $3.6 million      2002– $5.6 million
2003– $9.6 million

History: In 1997, Dennis Barnes Jr. founded Marketing Direct as a direct response agency that would deliver integrated marketing solutions, primarily to clients in the health care industry. Marketing Direct works with Fortune 500 clients throughout North America and has offices in Boston, Los Angeles and Orlando, Fla.

Distinction: Business has grown by 60 percent for the year at Marketing Direct, and the company added 10 new staff members in 2004 and plans to double its workforce over the next two years. Marketing Direct has invested heavily in the St. Louis printing industry. The firm provides reduced-rate services to local non-profit organizations to help them achieve their fundraising goals.


2200 Mastercard Boulevard
O'Fallon, MO 63366

(636) 722-6100

Jerry McElhatton, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Technology & Operations

Description: MasterCard International’s Global Technology and Operations Center at WingHaven serves three core functions: authorizations, settlement and clearing. The technology and support (member services, publishing manuals to Web site security, etc.) are all a part of the operations center.


Annual Revenues:
2001– $1.6 billion      2002– $1.9 billion
2003– $2.2 billion

History: MasterCard’s $136 million Global Technology and Operations Center at WingHaven in O’Fallon processes 40 million credit card authorizations a day. The facility also sorts out settlements for 25,000 members and clears roughly $1 trillion worth of purchases each year—$11 billion on a busy day. MasterCard also serves 880,000 ATMs through its Cirrus system.

Distinction: Construction began in 1999; moved into WingHaven facility in 2001 after choosing to remain in the St. Louis region rather than moving to Dallas. They have 550,000 square feet of office space on 52 acres.

Maverick Technologies

504 DD Road
Columbia, IL 62236

(618) 281-9100

(618) 281-9192

Paul J. Galeski, Chairman and CEO

Description: Since 1999, Maverick Technologies has served as an integrated one-stop technical partner whose expertise bridges operational systems and business solutions.

1999– 19      2000– 29
2001– 50      2002– 58
2003– 64

Annual Revenues:
1999– $559,266           2000– $8.8 million
2001– $11.7 million      2002– $13.4 million
2003– $15.4 million

History: Maverick was founded to offer next generation systems integration services that bring a shared vision and integration to engineering and IT. Maverick is a Business Solutions Partner with Microsoft, working with customers to help them get the most out of Microsoft’s Axapta IT integration package.

Distinction: Maverick previously won the St. Louis Technology Fast 50 Award three times. INC magazine has listed it as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the past two years. Maverick’s clients consistently receive services which drive business value through increased capacity, reduced cost and improved quality.

Maverick Tube Corp.

16401 Swingley Ridge Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

(636) 733-1600

(636) 733-1671

Bob Bunch, President and CEO

Pamela G. Boone, Vice President and CFO

Description: Maverick Tube Corporation is the leading North American producer of tubular steel products used in energy and industrial applications worldwide.

1999– 88      2000– 100
2001– 104    2002– 109
2003– 154

Annual Revenues:
1999– $317 million     2000– $562 million
2001– $545 million     2002– $453 million
2003– $884 million

History: Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Chesterfield, Maverick became a publicly owned business in 1991. Originally Maverick was a mechanical tube manufacturer. Today Maverick is the largest producer in North America of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and line pipe products for use in newly-drilled oil and natural gas wells and transporting oil and natural gas. It has nearly 2.1 million tons of pipe and tube production capacity and employs over 2,300 in eight locations.

Distinction: Maverick has enjoyed record growth revenues resulting in increase earnings. New products have been added to its product line and improvements have been made through production technologies. Maverick has added approximately 75 jobs to the St. Louis region and provides financial and volunteer assistance to various charities.

McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

1341 North Rock Hill Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

(314) 968-3300

(314) 968-3037

Michael Bolen, Chairman and CEO

George Scherer, CFO

Description: McCarthy is one of the oldest privately-owned construction firms in the U.S. with specialized construction expertise in health care, education, research, laboratory, biotechnology, parking structures and industrial facilities. Established in 1864, McCarthy’s national headquarters has been in St. Louis since 1907.

2001– 518      2002– 464
2003– 464      2004– 422

Annual Revenues:
1999– $954 million      2000– $1.2 billion
2001– $1 billion          2002– $1 billion
2003– $1.5 billion

History: McCarthy Building Companies was founded more than 140 years ago by Timothy McCarthy as a lumber business in Ann Arbor, Mich., focusing on constructing farmhouses and barns. Today it is the 13th largest domestic general contractor and builds some of the largest and most complex facilities in the nation. McCarthy is no longer a family-owned business, but is 100 percent employee-owned.

Distinction: Last year was the most profitable in McCarthy’s history. McCarthy has contributed significantly to local charities, including to its Lifelong Learning Continuum Program that helps prepare
St. Louis’ future workforce. They have been ranked as one of the top five healthcare builders nationwide for more than 30 years by Modern Healthcare.

Metaphore Pharmaceuticals Inc.

1910 Innerbelt Business Center Drive
St. Louis, MO 63114

(314) 400-9500

(314) 400-9555

Dr. Alan W. Dunton, President and CEO

Frederick D. Cobb
, Corporate Controller

Description: Metaphore develops novel pharmaceutical products.

1999– 13      2000– 20
2001– 26      2002– 28
2003– 26

History: Metaphore was incorporated in 1998 and obtained an exclusive license from Monsanto (now Pfizer) for a proprietary technology which mimics the activities of a key human enzyme. Its compounds have been demonstrated to be efficacious in many animal models of disease such as pain, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, septic shock and cancer.

Distinction: Metaphore is the first company to bring mimetics of a human enzyme into human clinical trials. It is an excellent example of a growth company which depends on intellectual property developed in St. Louis and funded with financing also coming entirely from St. Louis.

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The Newberry Group Inc.

2440 Executive Drive, Suite 208
St. Charles, MO 63303

(636) 928-9944

(636) 928-8899

Brenda D. Newberry, President and CEO

Maurice D. Newberry, Executive Vice President and COO

Description: The Newberry Group is a privately-owned technology firm that provides information systems and technology, project management and consulting services on an international basis.

1999– 32      2000– 34
2001– 36      2002– 77
2003– 104

Annual Revenues:
1999– $1.1 million      2000– $2.1 million
2001– $3.1 million      2002– $6.4 million
2003– $13.5 million

History: Founded in 1996 with $1,000 in personal funds, The Newberry Group began with two employees and now has more than 130. The firm serves clients in the financial, chemical and medical manufacturing industries, and works with various federal agencies across the United States and in Bahrain. Its staff dropped from 55 to 25 employees after September 2001, but has since rebounded.

Distinction: The Newberry Group has received numerous awards for 2003, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Industry Fast Track and USDA OPPM Woman-Owned Business of the Year. As a corporation they’re active in the St. Louis regional community with corporate officers serving on a variety of boards.

Orion Genomics LLC

4041 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

(314) 615-6977

(314) 615-6975

Nathan Lakey, President and CEO

John Atkinson, Vice President of Finance

Description: Orion Genomics is a privately-owned biotechnology firm that specializes in commercializing oncology diagnostics products and genomic services.

1999– 9       2000– 7
2001– 11     2002– 18
2003– 17

History: Since its inception in 1998, Orion Genomics has successfully launched two distinct business units. In 1999, Orion started its Genomic Services Business Unit on the strength of GeneThresher technology, which enables rapid and comprehensive discovery of genes in plants. Orion’s Molecular Diagnostics Business unit is focused on biomarker discovery and the rapid development of tests for early detection of cancer.

Distinction: Orion’s work in biotechnology brings new technologies, capital and talent to the St. Louis region. The firm’s staff grew by 41 percent over the past year. One of the firm’s major projects is a plant genome collaboration with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, funded by the National Science Foundation, which brings national attention and recognition to the region.

Pace Properties Inc.

1401 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63144

(314) 968-9898

(314) 968-5050

Joseph Ciapciak, Robert Sherwood, & Mark Sedgwick,
Managing Directors

Denise Chomicki, CFO

Description: Pace Properties is a St. Louis-based, privately-owned commercial real estate, investment and development firm that operates nationally.

1999– 32      2000– 36
2001– 37      2002– 37
2003– 39

History: In 1984, Robert Sherwood and Mark Sedgwick founded Pace Properties as a real estate investment company. Joseph Ciapciak joined the firm in 1986, and the company pursued a strategy of purchasing “undervalued” retail properties and redeveloping them to increase their value. The firm manages or leases more than 4.5 million square feet of retail property.

Distinction: Pace has started construction of The Boulevard-Saint Louis, a mixed-use commercial development that is expected to significantly impact the St. Louis economy. Located across Brentwood Boulevard from the St. Louis Galleria, the development will include 225,000 square feet of ground-level retail and restaurant space, 300 upscale rental apartments and condominiums, 500,000 square feet of office space, and three public plazas.

Pangea Group

2604 South Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118

(314) 333-0600

(314) 333-0601

Michael Zambrana, President and CEO

Tim Walsh, Controller

Description: Pangea Group provides safe high quality industrial and facility construction and environmental services.

1999– 20      2000– 60
2001– 60      2002– 100
2003– 120

Annual Revenues:
1999– $3 million      2000– $9 million
2001– $9 million      2002– $19 million
2003– $30 million

History: Pangea Group began in the field of radioactive waste clean up. Health and safety services were added to support the clean up. Since its founding, Pangea has implemented a business strategy targeting opportunities in new areas of construction and environmental services.

Distinction: Pangea has relocated its corporate office to an historic building at the convergence of Gravois, Sidney and Jefferson, which it is renovating. Its recruitment efforts are focused on St. Louis and HUB zone residents. It is one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Hispanic

Paric Corporation

1001 Boardwalk Springs Place
O’Fallon, MO 63366

(636) 561-9500

(636) 561-9501

P. Joseph McKee III, CEO

Larry Young, CFO

Description: Paric Corporation was an early pioneer of the design/build construction process. The firm orchestrates all facets of a project, including design, engineering, pricing and subcontractor coordination.

1999– 250      2000– 225
2001– 275      2002– 199
2003– 217

History: Founded in 1979 by entrepreneurs Paul McKee Jr. and Richard Jordan, Paric was among the first construction firms nationally to invest in computer technology to help deliver projects with great precision. Today, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, the company is ranked among the Top 400 contractors nationwide by the national trade publication Engineering News-Record.

Distinction: Paric is a leader in a host of civic and philanthropic endeavors by supporting the St. Patrick’s Center; United Way; the Arthritis Foundation; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Boy Scouts of America; American Cancer Society; Junior Achievement, and many others. Paric also donated a substantial amount of its services to build the new Missouri Wildlife Rescue facility in Ballwin; the company has also volunteered time and resources to help Habitat for Humanity. Paric is now the third largest contractor in the St. Louis region.

Peabody Energy

701 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63101

(314) 341-3400

(314) 342-779

Irl F. Engelhardt, Chairman and CEO

Richard A. Navarre, Executive Vice President and CFO

Description: Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private sector coal company offering its products and services to more than 270 generating and industrial customer locations in 33 states and 11 countries. Founded in 1883 in Chicago, Peabody’s corporate headquarters have been in St. Louis for the past 50 years.

1999– 350      2000– 280
2001– 270      2002– 300
2003– 320

Annual Revenues:
1999– $2.2 billion      2000– $2.3 billion
2001– $2.6 billion      2002– $2.7 billion
2003– $2.8 billion

History: Peabody was founded by Francis S. Peabody in 1883 in Chicago as a retail coal supplier. After merging in 1957 with Sinclair Coal Company, the third-largest coal producer, Peabody Coal moved its headquarters to St. Louis. Today, it is the world’s largest private-sector coal company fueling more than 10 percent of all U.S. electricity and more than 2.5 percent of worldwide electricity.

Distinction: One of only a handful of St. Louis companies named to Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, Peabody is developing a 1,500 megawatt coal-fueled electricity generation project in the St. Louis region. The project will promote an improved environment, create hundreds of local jobs and infuse millions of dollars in direct economic benefits to the region.


117 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

(636) 947-9393

(636) 947-7474

Randall L. Schilling, President and CEO

Jennifer Soto, Vice President of Finance/Accounting

Description: Quilogy is a project-centric systems integrator whose mission is to empower clients to solve complex business problems through the innovative use of emerging technologies. Quilogy focuses on health care, manufacturing, services and public-sector clients.

History: Founded in 1992 with a $5,000 personal investment, Quilogy has achieved continuous growth in revenues.

Distinction: Quilogy has addressed the outsourcing of IT jobs with the opening of the Quilogy Development Center (QDC) in St. Charles in May 2004. The QDC is a new business unit providing an application-development environment for corporate and government clients while providing many jobs for information-technology graduates.

Reinsurance Group of America Inc.

1370 Timberlake Manor Parkway
Chesterfield, MO 63017

(636) 736-7000

(636) 736-7100

A. Greig Woodring, President and CEO

Jack B. Lay, Executive Vice President and CFO

Description: RGA provides clients with reinsurance, risk management, facultative underwriting, product development and distribution and financial reinsurance services.

2001– 378      2002– 373
2003– 396

Annual Revenues:
1999– $1.6 billion      2000– $1.7 billion
2001– $2 billion         2002– $2.4 billion
2003– $3.2 billion

History: RGA entered the reinsurance business in the United States more than 30 years ago as a division of General American Life Insurance Company. In January 2000, MetLife, the largest life insurer in the United States, acquired a controlling interest, and now holds approximately 52 percent of the company’s outstanding shares.

Distinction: With over $1 trillion worth of life insurance in force, and assets of more than $12.5 billion, RGA is one of the largest life reinsurers in the world. From their global headquarters in St. Louis, as well as offices throughout the world, RGA is an innovator in developing nontraditional reinsurance products and services that help insurance and financial organizations protect and grow their businesses.

Rose International

16401 Swingley Ridge Road, Suite 300
Chesterfield, MO 63017

(636) 812-4000

(636) 532-3126

Himanshu Bhatia, CEO

Larry Crane, Vice President of Finance

Description: Rose International is a provider of IT Services to commercial entities and governments around the world. Established in 1993, Rose is a privately owned corporation headquartered in Chesterfield.

1999– 58      2000– 80
2001– 76      2002– 129
2003– 170

Annual Revenues:
1999– $19.7 million     2000– $28 million
2001– $27 million        2002– $29 million
2003– $42 million

History: Rose International was founded by Himanshu and Gulab Bhatia in 1993. By 1995 it was on its way to becoming a world-class IT provider. Today, with numerous branch locations across the United States and one software development facility in India, Rose is a leader in providing end-to-end IT and business services and solutions to both commercial organizations and government agencies.

Distinction: Rose International’s corporate headquarters in Chesterfield has tripled to nearly 20,000 square feet, a project generating nearly $1 million in capital spending demonstrating their commitment to the local economy. Rose boasts an 85 percent employee retention rate, and they are fast approaching 1,000 employees worldwide.

St. Louis Cardinals LLC

250 Stadium Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63146

(314) 421-3060

(314) 982-7890

Mark Lamping, President

Brad Wood, Vice President, Controller

Description: Major league baseball team.

2003– 1200

History: Founded in 1892, the St. Louis Cardinals have provided St. Louisans with more than 100 consecutive years of National League baseball. First named the Browns and then briefly the Perfectos, the team name was changed to the Cardinals in 1899. The Cardinals have won over 8,500 games, nine World Series, 16 National League Pennants, three National League Eastern Division titles and four National League Central Division titles.

Distinction: The Cardinals attract around three million fans downtown each year, more than a million from outside the state. The Cardinals are currently making a major investment to stay in downtown St. Louis with the development of a new baseball-only ballpark and five square block neighborhood called Ballpark Village. Once completed, this will be one of the single largest development projects in our region with the total private investment expected to exceed over $600 million. In addition, since its inception in 1997, Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation, has distributed over $6 million to support kids.

St. Louis Rams

One Rams Way
St. Louis, MO 63045

(314) 982-7267

(314) 516-8888

Georgia Frontiere, Chairman and Owner

Stan Kroenke, Vice Chairman and Owner

Description: Professional football team.

1999– 150      2000– 150
2001– 150      2002– 152
2003– 154

History: Since moving to St. Louis in 1995, the Rams have become one of the most successful and popular teams in professional sports, continuously placing St. Louis on the national stage.

Distinction: The Rams have done their share in helping St. Louis earn the honor of “North America’s Best Sports City.” Off the field, the organization has contributed more than $5 million in various ways to area charities and local organizations.

Schnuck Markets Inc.

11420 Lackland Road
St. Louis, MO 63146

(314) 994-4602

(314) 692-6145

Craig Schnuck, Chairman and CEO

Todd Schnuck, CFO

Description: Evolving from a small corner grocery in 1939, Schnucks offers full- service grocery and pharmacy goods in six states.

4,300- full time
16,500- total

History: Over the past 65 years, Schnucks has grown from a small corner confectionary to a company with 101 stores in six states. Schnucks currently ranks No. 80 on the list of the nations’ largest family-owned and operated companies.

Distinction: Schnucks constantly reinvests in the area through property and real estate taxes and developmental projects. It is known for developing relationships with and patronizing local suppliers. A small group of African-American farmers, through a co-op alliance, is supplying homegrown produce to Schnucks stores. Their community involvement is extensive, including donating $5 million of food to Operation Food Search.


12800 Corporate Hill Drive
St. Louis, MO 63131

(314) 965-1555

Rodger Riney, President and CEO

Ron Wiese, CFO and Director of Finance

Description: Scottrade is a privately-owned discount online brokerage firm that serves clients internationally.

1999– 150      2000– 202
2001– 211      2002– 260
2003– 300

History: Established in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1980, Scottrade relocated to St. Louis in 1982 and branched out across the country, promoting deeply discounted commissions for trades placed via telephone through a broker. In the fall of 1996, the firm introduced online trading, and it currently maintains more than 1.4 million individual accounts and executes more than 65,000 online trades each day.

Distinction: Scottrade has impacted the region through its ability to hire, train, promote and retain a significant number of employees in the St. Louis area. Between 2002 and 2003, Scottrade’s number of employees increased by 15 percent, and the company spent an additional $4.3 million in salary and benefits in the last year, up 37 percent over the previous year.

Siboney Corp.

325 North Kirkwood Road, Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63122

(314) 822-3163

(314) 822-3197

Timothy J. Tegeler, Chairman and CEO

William D. Edwards Jr., CFO and COO

Description: Siboney is a locally-based, publicly-owned technology firm that publishes and sells educational software on a national basis.

1999– 12      2000– 23
2001– 34      2002– 35
2003– 40

Annual Revenues:
1999– $3.3 million      2000– $5.4 million
2001– $8.3 million      2002– $8.9 million
2003– $8.8 million

History: In 1955, Siboney was incorporated to explore for oil and gas in Cuba. Siboney later relocated to St. Louis and diversified into a series of businesses. In the mid-1980s, the firm focused on providing educational software to assist teachers in the classroom for kindergarten through grade 12.

Distinction: During the past year, Siboney worked with local philanthropists to fund the installation and training of the company’s Orchard educational software product in the St. Louis Public School District. Siboney reduced the cost of the software so that every school in the district could use it.

Talisen Technologies

12655 Olive Boulevard, Suite 500
St. Louis, MO 63141

(314) 317-7700

(314) 317-7701

George A. Brill, CEO

Description: Talisen is a privately-owned technology company specializing in secure collaborative communication. Established in 1991, Talisen is based in St. Louis while offering its services worldwide.

1999– 15      2000– 30
2001– 45      2002– 65
2003– 95

History: Talisen Technologies has over 12 years of experience developing and implementing secure remote access solutions. A minority-owned, SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business, Talisen has grown into a multi-national presence with offices in the United Kingdom and partnerships in Greece, Netherlands and Australia.

Distinction: Over the years, Talisen has donated equipment to local business incubators and community charities, as well as participated in St. Louis’ 100 Neediest Cases and USO care packages. Their investments in business and people ensure opportunities for high-tech jobs thus making the community more attractive for investment purposes and job growth.

TALX Corporation

1850 Borman Court
St. Louis, MO 63146

(314) 214-7000

(314) 214-7588

William W. Canfield, President and CEO

L. Keith Graves, CFO

Description: TALX is national provider of outsourced payroll and human resource services, specializing in employment verification and unemployment cost management. Established in 1980, TALX is a publicly-owned corporation with headquarters in St. Louis County.

1999– 211      2000– 233
2001– 238      2002– 203
2003– 734

Annual Revenues:
2000– $28 million
2001– $30.1 million
2002– $35.4 million
2003– $115.9 million

History: Until 1993, TALX was primarily a software company providing voice-activated systems to its clients. Today, it is a leading provider of automated employment and income verification and unemployment cost management services, and a leader in providing human resources/payroll business process outsourcing. Clients include over two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies and a number of federal, state and local government agencies.

Distinction: TALX tripled their workforce between 2002 and 2004. With a strong focus on family and community, TALX is a high technology business which enhances the St. Louis economy through solid financial performance and increased shareholder value.

Techguard Security LLC

743 Spirit 40 Park Drive, Suite 206
Chesterfield, MO 63005

(636) 519-4848

(636) 519-4850

Suzanne Magee Joyce, President

Andrea Johnson, COO

Description: TechGuard provides cyber defense through critical infrastructure protection products and services.

2000– 5       2001– 7
2002– 12     2003– 22

History: TechGuard’s founding mission was to create proactive countermeasures to malicious network attacks in an approach designed to stay one step ahead of hackers and the growing number of
network threats. Since its inception, TechGuard has served the Federal Government providing leadership in programs sponsored by the FBI, NSC and Department of Homeland Security.

Distinction: TechGuard is committed to helping other entrepreneurs in the St. Louis community. They provide high-paying technical jobs to both St. Louisans and talent relocating to the St. Louis area.

Telecom Services Installation Inc.

700 Fountain Lakes Boulevard
St. Charles, MO 63301

(636) 949-8889

(636) 925-2111

Phil White, Owner and CEO

Robert Campbell, Finance Manager

Description: Founded in 1987, TSI installs network and wiring systems for data, voice, video and electrical application.

1999– 33      2000– 59
2001– 65      2002– 66
2003– 69

History: After losing almost its entire operation in the Chesterfield flood of 1993, TSI credits its employees for its ability to rebound and its subsequent success. Serving clients like SBC, Monsanto and Mallinckrodt, TSI has recently been chosen to install the network cable infrastructure for the new Busch Stadium.

Distinction: TSI has doubled its employee base over the past five years. It has partnered with other local businesses in providing additional solutions for its customers and is a proud supporter of many local charitable institutions. TSI also has supplied donated services and equipment to local school districts.

THF Realty

2127 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63114

(314) 429-0900

(314) 429-0999

Michael Staenberg, President

Marian Nunn, Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Description: THF Realty is a privately-owned, locally-based real estate firm that develops, invests in, and manages commercial real estate on a national scale.


1999– 35      2000– 55
2001– 70      2002– 75
2003– 85

History: Founded by E. Stanley Kroenke and Michael Staenberg, THF Realty has developed and managed trophy-class retail, office and residential properties since it first developed the 300,000-square-foot Kendig Shopping Center in 1992. The company has never sold one of its developed properties. Significant projects include Chesterfield Commons, The Plaza in Clayton, Maplewood Commons and Wentzville Crossroads Marketplace.

Distinction: This past year, THF Realty began the $110 million Maplewood Commons shopping center that is expected to generate $2 million in annual tax revenues for Maplewood. The firm donated development services for the Youth Technology and Education Center for disadvantaged children and was a major contributor to the new $4.5 million headquarters for Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley in Chesterfield.

Ungerboeck Systems International

87 Hubble
St. Charles, MO 63304

(636) 688-2000

(636) 688-3267

Dieter K. Ungerboeck, President

Dustin M. Hassler, Director of Administration

Description: USI is a high-tech corporation offering businesses a comprehensive and seamlessly integrated Event Business Management System. They are headquartered in St. Charles.

1999– 31      2000– 35
2001– 39      2002– 42
2003– 45

History: Founded in 1985 by Dieter Ungerboeck, USI saw rapid growth and success in the meeting industry within five years. By 1990 USI began developing its own business management system covering all aspects of venue and event management. Today, USI is considered a world leader in the meeting industry with five subsidiaries located in London, Paris, Karlsruhe, Hong Kong and Sydney.

Distinction: USI is an international organization whose roots run deep in St. Louis. All research and development of its EBMS software, as well as marketing management, is done at the St. Charles headquarters. In addition, 30 percent of all USI revenues are reinvested in this system, contributing not only to its growth but to a positive impact on the local region.

Vatterott Education Holdings

10257 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Ann, MO 63074

(314) 427-1333

(314) 428-6756

Peter Mitchell, CEO

Jeff Brands, CFO

Description: A national post-secondary education center specializing in training job skills.

1999– 480      2000– 548
2001– 652      2002– 658
2003– 748

History: Founded in 1969, Vatterott Education Holdings was originally intended to provide employment opportunities for physically-challenged students. Vatterott currently operates 18 career colleges in nine states and specializes in practical hands-on training for workers in occupations that are difficult to export.

Distinction: Vatterott College has recently opened the $4 million L’Ecole Culinaire School offering an associate’s degree in occupational studies with an emphasis in culinary arts or baking & pastry arts. The newly renovated Ladue campus will include a student-run, white-linen restaurant and sperate pastry shop opening in 2006. Vatterott College also recently acquired new space that will double the size of its current building maintenance program. When complete, this space will include new classrooms and labs allowing the college to double the size of its class. The building maintenance program gives students exposure to carpentry, plumbing, HVAC and the electrical industries.

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