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The Elite 49

Our annual ranking of Southwest Florida's top companies.



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10 FIFTH THIRD BANK

Financial services

David Call

600

1991

53.com

$190 million

$160 million

Fifth Third Bancorp is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has $121 billion in assets and operates 18 affiliates with 1,320 full-service banking centers. Fifth Third Bank has been headquartered in Naples since 1991, has more than 65 banking centers and nearly 600 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Broward and Palm Beach counties. It earned a 2013 Gallup Great Workplace Award, recognizing accomplishments that drive a high level of employee engagement at the bank.

 

11 LEESAR

Supply chain management

Bob Simpson

340

1998

leesar.com

$167.1 million

$158.5 million

In 1998, LeeSar & Cooperative Services of Florida was formed by Lee Memorial Health System and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. It serves as a regional service center for centralized purchasing, inventory management, distribution and customer service, surgical pack manufacturing, pharmaceutical bulk repackaging, centralized record retention and management and courier service.

 

12 MANHATTAN CONSTRUCTION

Construction

Fred Pezeshkan

85

1968

manhattanconstruction.com

$136.9 million

$144.1 million

Manhattan Construction’s building portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, health care, offi ce, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail and judicial facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It was recently recognized with seven awards by the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Gulf Coast chapter.

 

13 HOPE HEALTHCARE SERVICES

Hospice

Samira K. Beckwith

885

1984

hopehcs.org

$135.1 million

$136.7 million

Hope HealthCare Services is a registered d/b/a of Hope Hospice and Community Services Inc., a not-for-profi t, 501 (c)(3) community-based agency. Hope Hospice, a program of Hope HealthCare Services, is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program, the national leader in improving the quality of care in the home-care industry, and is a recipient of numerous national awards for excellence and innovation in patient care.

 

14 ALICO INC.

Farm products

JD Alexander

157

1960

alicoinc.com

$127.2 million

$98.6 million

Alico is known for its legacy of achievement and innovation in citrus, sugarcane, cattle and resource conservation. Its mission is to create value for customers, clients and shareholders by seeking new holdings, managing company lands to their highest and best returns, and producing high-quality agricultural products while exercising responsible environmental stewardship.

 

15 BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP INC.

Radio broadcasting

George G. Beasley

411

1961

bbgi.com

$100.2 million

$97.7 million

Beasley has served listeners and advertisers in large and small communities across America for more than half a century. It operates 44 radio stations (28 FM and 16 AM) in 11 radio markets, including Fort Myers-Naples; Atlanta; Augusta, Ga.; Boston; Fayetteville, N.C.; Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, N.C.; Las Vegas; Miami-Fort Lauderdale; Philadelphia; West Palm Beach-Boca Raton;and Wilmington, Del.

 

16 DEANGELIS DIAMOND CONSTRUCTION INC.

Construction

David Diamond

74

1996

deangelisdiamond.com

$100 million

$88.5 million

DeAngelis Diamond was founded by David Diamond and John DeAngelis in 1996 and built on seven core values: faith in God, honor to build, lasting relationships, excellence and quality, leadership, healthy environment and culture, and integrity. It has completed more than a billion dollars’ worth of construction projects throughout Florida and is a top-ranked company in the southeast United States, receiving numerous Sand Dollar, Summit and Aurora awards.

 

17 SCOTT FISCHER ENTERPRISES

Retail

Scott Fischer

230

1988

sfe-us.com

$88.5 million

$76.6 million

Scott Fischer Enterprises’ founder, Scott Fischer, was an Enduro racer and raced motorcross and then entered the motorsports business sweeping fl oors at a store in Ohio. After working for a few years at various other dealerships, he earned the opportunity to move to Florida as the general manager of West Coast Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson in 1987. He and a partner purchased the company soon after.

 

18 DISCOVERY MANAGEMENT GROUP LLC

Communities developer

Thomas J. Harrison

988

1994

discoverymgt.com

$72 million

$70 million

Discovery Management Group is a developer, builder and operator of luxury senior-living communities, focusing on independent living and assisted living. The company developed, built and currently operates six communities in Florida under the Aston Gardens brand name. This fall, Discovery Village at The Forum, a new assisted living community in Fort Myers, will be opening and Discovery Village at Naples will also be breaking ground. Discovery has won multiple awards from National Association of Home Builders, senior housing council; the Southeast Builders Conference Aurora Awards; and the National Mature Media’s marketing awards.

 

19 PREMIER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

Real estate

Judy Green

530

1984

premiersothebysrealty.com

$63 million

$51.5 million

The firm has more than 450 sales associates and 19 offi ces in Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Captiva, Clearwater, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Venice and South Tampa, with headquarters in Naples. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is a division of The Lutgert Companies, which has operated in Southwest Florida since 1964.

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