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The Elite 49

Our annual ranking of Southwest Florida's top companies.



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COMPANY

INDUSTRY

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

YEAR FOUNDED

WEBSITE

2012 REVENUE

2011 REVENUE

 

1 HEALTH MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES

Health care

Gary D. Newsome

40,400*

1977

hma.com

$5.9 billion

$5.1 billion

Named to Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list. The Joint Commission recognized 64 percent of HMA’s hospitals as Top Performers on key quality measures and several of its hospitals were named to US News & World Report’s list of best regional hospitals.

 

2 LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SYSTEM

Health care

James R. Nathan

10,129

1916

leememorial.org

$4.5 billion

$4.2 billion

The health system includes four acute-care hospitals, a children’s hospital, a rehab hospital, physician practices, several outpatient diagnostic facilities, two wellness centers, a home health agency and a skilled nursing facility; and provides services unique to the region, including a trauma center, regional cancer center, regional perinatal intensive care center, neonatal intensive care unit and kidney transplant program.

 

3 CHICO’S FAS

Clothing retailer

David F. Dyer

6,600*

1983

chicos.com

$2.6 billion

$2.1 billion

A specialty retailer of private-branded women’s clothing, intimates, complementary accessories and other non-clothing gift items. It began as a small boutique on Sanibel Island and today operates stores in 48 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico under the Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates and Boston Proper names.

 

4 NCH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Hospital operator

Allen Weiss

3,900

1955

nchmd.org

$1.6 billion

$1.6 billion

The system includes hospitals in downtown Naples and North Naples with a total of 715 beds collaborating with 650 physicians to provide more than 145,692 census days to patients each year. Outpatient facilities include walk-in centers, wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, wound care facilities and infusion centers in Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs and Estero.

 

5 ARTHREX INC.

Medical equipment

Reinhold Schmieding

1,500

1981

arthrex.com

$1.3 billion

$1 billion

Arthrex is a world leader in orthopedic product development and medical education for orthopedic surgeons. More than 7,000 products for arthroscopic and minimally invasive orthopedic surgical procedures have been developed by Arthrex and are currently marketed worldwide. Recent expansion projects include the 240,000-square-foot Arthrex Logistics Center, which opened in early 2012 in Lee County.

 

6 LEE COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (LCEC)

Electric distribution

Dennie Hamilton

400

1940

lcec.net

$399 million

$399 million

LCEC is a not-for-profi t electric distribution cooperative serving nearly 200,000 customers throughout a fi ve-county area in Southwest Florida. The service territory includes Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria and parts of Lehigh Acres. Thousands of volunteer hours and funds are contributed to many agencies, programs and project to help energize those communities.

 

7 ASG SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Software provider

Arthur L. Allen

1,250*

1986

asg.com

$291 million

$263.3 million

ASG Software Solutions is a recognized innovator in enterprise IT and business software solutions. For over 25 years, it has been helping 85 percent of the world’s most complex IT organizations improve business agility. It offers comprehensive solutions for cloud computing and data management.

 

8 STOCK DEVELOPMENT

Builder/Developer

Brian K. Stock

192

2001

stockdevelopment.com

$279 million

$201 million

Stock has received local, state and national awards over the last decade, including builder of the year, developer of the year and several community of the year awards. The company gives back to its home region and has sponsored many local charities. Most recently, Stock (along with the team at Builder’s Care) built a 2,000-square-foot house in 17 days for a family in need.

 

9 WCI COMMUNITIES

Homebuilder

Keith E. Bass

570

1946

wcicommunities.com

$241 million

$144 million

WCI is a lifestyle community developer and luxury homebuilder, catering to move-up, second-home and active adult homebuyers. It offers traditional single- and multifamily home choices with prices from approximately $160,000 to more than $1 million. In addition to homebuilding and development, WCI generates revenues from its real estate brokerage business, the second largest brokerage in Florida.

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