15 Proforma Owners Named To Prestigious Inc. 5000 Rankings

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its 37th Annual List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies – the Inc. 5000

CLEVELAND, OH (August 19, 2019) – Fifteen affiliate Owners of Proforma, the $500 million industry-leader in technology and business success, have been named to the most prestigious ranking for the fastest-growing private businesses. For over 30 years, Proforma has continued to hold the greatest affiliate presence on the Inc. 5000 in the printing and promotional products industry. The Inc. 5000, ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a three-year period, has recognized these affiliates for receiving growth up to 471%.

“We are very proud that Proforma was once again recognized for the consistently remarkable growth our Owners have achieved in recent years,” said Proforma Founder, Greg Muzzillo. “The fact that Proforma continues to be the only organization with any Owner represented on the Inc. 5000 is a true testament to the best-in-class technology and business success solutions we provide to our Owners that fuel their ability to constantly innovate and deliver exceptional results. It’s exciting to lead a network of Owners who are shaping the future of the print and promo industry.”

While no other affiliate organization in the industry had even one Owner make the list this year, 69 Proforma Owners have been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list in the past 5 years alone. Five Owners featured on the 2019 list have received consecutive recognition from for their sustained business growth.

“I’m honored to be featured on this prestigious list for the second year in a row,” says Kelly Stone, Multi-Million Dollar Club member and Owner of The Idea Box. “I’m certain our rapid growth was propelled by the support and technology that Proforma has provided to us, and I’m confident that it is Proforma’s commitment to their Owners that will continue to pave the road for our future growth.”

The Proforma Owners recognized on this year’s list, in order of ranking, include the following:

  • Clif & Susan Ferrell, Blake Hardin and Chantal Baxter; Owners of Springboard Promotions, ranked at #902 with 471% growth
  • Kelly Stone; Owner of The Idea Box, ranked at #1320 with 311% growth
  • Russell Howarth; Owner of Think Ink, ranked at #1332 with 310% growth
  • Brenda Angelini and Barbara & Steve Sears; Owners of Angelini + Diamond Solutions, ranked at #1500 with 276% growth
  • Mike Lazzari; Owner of BrandCentric Solutions, ranked at #1615 with 255%
  • Dave Kirby; Owner of Printing Systems, ranked at #2592 with 151%
  • Ryan Andrews and Andy Harmatz; Owners of The Branding Agency, ranked at #3559 with 98% growth
  • Steve Raucher; Owner of GPS Global Promotional Sourcing, ranked at #3801 with 88% growth
  • Bob McPheron; Owner of Add-A-Line, ranked at #4257 with 72% growth

To be eligible for the 2019 Inc. 5000, businesses must have met certain criteria, including being privately-owned, for-profit, based in the United States, and generating at least $100,000 in 2015 and $2 million in 2018. More than 30 Proforma businesses reached the growth qualifications to apply in 2019.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. Editor-in-Chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

About The Author

With over 40 years of experience, Proforma is the $500 Million Technology & Business Success Leader in the Promotional Products and Print Industry. Proforma’s recent investment of over $15 million in Technology maximizes Affiliate success. Sales increased over 22% and Gross Profits grew over 18% for Affiliates on the system for over one year. Proforma’s record breaking success includes having 18 of its Affiliates named to Inc. Magazine’s 2020 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies and 193 Affiliates achieving its Million/Multi-Million Dollar Club with sales from $1 million to $38 million.