The Elite 49
Our annual ranking of Southwest Florida's top companies.
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Professional employment service
A full-service professional employer organization providing high-touch customizable human resources, payroll and employee benefi ts solutions to businesses throughout North America. APVeritas specializes in 100-plus employee organizations and partners with clients to maximize the ability to attract and retain the talent and create long-term operating leverage by managing the cost of employment on an outsourced basis.
23 (tie) OWEN-AMES-KIMBALL COMPANY
David J. Dale
Owen-Ames-Kimball celebrated 30 years in Southwest Florida in 2012 with a primary focus of giving back to the communities it serves—including donating blankets to the Salvation Army, adding books to the shelves at the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee, and collecting and delivering 971 pounds of food to Harry Chapin Food Bank. The company also earned a 2012 Safety Star Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Association.
23 (tie) RIB CITY
Paul D. Peden
The company that began as a family-owned local barbecue restaurant eventually grew into a chain and is now a nationwide franchise. Since 2004, Rib City has opened franchises in Colorado, Utah, Ohio, Washington, Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia and Illinois. There are 13 corporate restaurants in Florida and 15 franchise restaurants across the country. In 2011, Restaurant Business magazine ranked Rib City as the 11th fastest-growing restaurant chain.
25 HSA ENGINEERS & SCIENTISTS
Richard G. Lewis
HSA is headquartered in Tampa, but its water resources and architectural engineering services are headquartered in Fort Myers. It also provides environmental and forensic engineering services. It has access to more than 200 engineering professionals throughout the state and is supported by a staff of more than 3,000 worldwide, with access to engineers, scientists, and technicians for virtually any engineering service.
26 COOPER HOTELS
The Memphis-based company, which has a Southwest Florida division, was formed in 1962 with the purchase of a Holiday Inn franchise for Gatlinburg, Tenn. It reached Southwest Florida in 1987 and operates the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, Homewood Suites Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, Hilton Naples, Homewood Suites Fort Myers Airport/FGCU and the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers Airport/FGCU.
27 SALUSCARE INC.
Mental health treatment
Kevin B. Lewis
SalusCare was formed in 2013 as a result of the merger of Lee Mental Health Center Inc. (founded in 1969) and Southwest Florida Addiction Services (founded in 1980). The organization serves nearly 17,000 individuals every year from seven locations in Lee County and two in Hendry County. It provides mental health and substance abuse treatment for all ages in outpatient, inpatient and community-based settings.
28 HEALTHCARE NETWORK OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Richard B. Akin
Collier Health Services Inc. (d/b/a Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida) was founded as a nonprofi t organization in 1977 by a group of community leaders to address the health issues of migrant and seasonal farm workers, rural poor and other citizens in Collier County. Its first facilities were two small trailers in Immokalee. It has grown to 13 locations throughout Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
29 GUEST SERVICES INC.
The company’s hospitality division, responsible for operations throughout the United States, is based in Naples. Guest Services supplies hospitality management services across a wide variety of client sites including government and business dining facilities, museums, hotels, resorts, conference centers, luxury condominiums, senior living centers, health care systems, state and national park recreation, school and university dining facilities, specialty retail stores and full-service restaurants.
30 CONDITIONED AIR CORPORATION OF NAPLES INC.
W. Theodore Etzel III
Conditioned Air is a full-service residential and light commercial HVACR company, including scheduled maintenance, emergency service, replacement systems, indoor air quality enhancements, new construction and design/build engineering services. It’s headquartered in Collier County, with divisional offices and staff in Lee and Sarasota counties and clients from Bradenton to Marco Island.