Business Achievement: Small Firms ($10 - 25 million)

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Gold Medal ► Cherokee Enterprises Inc. (CEI, Miami Lakes, Fla.) for growth of 66% in 2015, putting the company at $19.4 million in revenue for the year. CEI broke ground at its first construction of a compressed natural gas station for the Jacksonville Transit Authority and completed the largest-volume project in the company’s history for the Orlando International Airport Fuel Farm Improvements. CEI is a privately held company founded in 1999, providing turnkey engineering and construction solutions to support infrastructure improvements and environmental compliance for local, state, and federal governments, and large private clients.

Silver Medal ► Rincon Consultants for growth in multiple markets. From 2012 to 2015 Rincon Consultants’ revenues grew 74% from $9.8 million to $17.4 million, fueled by an improving California economy and ongoing success in the transportation, water, and energy/utilities market sectors. During this time Rincon expanded its cultural and natural resources capabilities and contract planning services. Rincon Consultants is a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting firm for government and industry focused on the transportation, water resources, energy and utilities, education and land development market sectors. Founded in 1994, the company has more than 96 professionals in 10 California offices (Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Carlsbad, Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Oakland, Riverside, Fresno, and Sacramento) in environmental science and planning; regulatory compliance and permitting; biological and cultural resources, contamination assessment and remediation, and sustainability services.

Silver Medal ► Marstel-Day LLC (Fredericksburg, Va.) for achieving significant financial growth during a period of tumult in the federal contractor marketplace due to sequestration and other factors. In 2012, Marstel-Day posted consulting income of $12.5 million and had a three-year average annual income of $7.8 million. In 2015, Marstel-Day will post income of $21.6 million, an increase of more than 77% from 2012. In addition, Marstel-Day’s three year income-average rose to $17.8 million, up more than 83% from 2012-2015. In late 2015, Marstel-Day was awarded one of the Small Business contracts for the $99 million US Army Corps of Engineers Regional Environmental Acquisition Tool (REAT) for Mobile and was selected for one of the unrestricted contracts for the $250 million REAT, positioning the company for continued growth in the federal market space.

Bronze Medal ► BrightFields Inc. for revenue growth of 40% from 2012 to 2015 and for exceeding $10 million in revenues in 2015 on growth of more than 11%. BrightFields is a 45-person environmental consulting and remediation services firm (up from 30 employees in 2012) headquartered in Wilmington, Del., with offices in Philadelphia and Baltimore. For years BrightFields’s environmental work has supported land acquisition and construction projects on the Wilmington riverfront for the State of Delaware, City of Wilmington and others, as well as work for private developers in many regions as the firm’s footprint has broadened substantially from its Wilmington roots. BrightFields was founded in 2003 by Marian Young and Mark Lannan when they purchased the assets of WIK Associates, where they had both worked since 1993. BrightFields is a certified woman-owned business in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey.