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AHEAD® Earns Place Among Private Company Elite
Sep 18, 2012 (07:09 PM EDT)

Chicago technology firm ranks No. 167 on the 2012 Inc. Magazine 500 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 2,017%

CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Inc. magazine recently announced that Chicago-based technology consulting firm AHEAD® ranked 167 among the fastest growing private enterprises in America. The 31st annual ranking placed AHEAD at number 11 among technology firms and 7th in its home state of Illinois.


The yearly Inc. 500 compilation reviews perhaps the most important segment of the U.S. economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio, Oracle, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

"Five years ago we brought an innovative business model to an industry experiencing radical change. Our focus on how organizations consume information technology—from traditional infrastructure and legacy systems to new ways of doing things, like cloud computing and as-a-Service economy—resonates with IT leaders looking to bridge the chasm between where they are and where they need to be. We are grateful to be part of such a revolutionary period in the history of IT," said AHEAD CEO Daniel Adamany.

To make the cut companies must have achieved a minimum of 770% in sales growth over the past three years. The Inc. 500's aggregate revenue is $15.7 billion, with a median three-year growth of 1,431 percent. The companies on this year's Inc. 500 employ more than 48,000 people and generated over 40,000 jobs in the past three years.

"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is," says Inc. magazine Editor Eric Schurenberg.

With revenues exceeding $125 million in 2011, AHEAD ranks among the largest organizations on the entire list. And though the firm ranked 11th among technology firms, AHEAD's annual revenues nearly exceed the total combined revenues of the top ten firms. "We are honored to find ourselves in such rarified company," Adamany adds. "We will continue to focus on cultivating a workplace environment where top talent loves to come and work with the best in the business. And that is the core value our clients appreciate as well."


AHEAD is a purpose-built solutions provider. We listen to, understand, and address your needs by applying our unique methodologies with the highest form of technology—The Human Brain—in designing, developing, and implementing value-driven data center strategies. Simply put, we enable you to THINK | LOOK | PLAN | MOVE Ahead.

Selection Methodology

The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

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