The Five Fastest Growing Companies in New Orleans in 2016

Overlapping the Mississippi River in the city of Louisiana, New Orleans is a center of the maritime industry and hosts one of the largest and most industrious ports on the globe. The area also contributes a significant amount of the country’s petrochemical production and oil refining. The city is famous for its characteristic French Creole architecture, if not for its multilingual and cross cultural heritage. New Orleans has also been recognized for its annual festivals and celebrations (particularly Mardi Gras), as well as local cuisine and music (especially as the origin of Jazz). But the city does not come short in terms of technology either, as we will see below. Here are the five fastest growing companies in New Orleans 2016.

5. Solomon Group

Solomon Group’s incredible and consistent growth has landed the entertainment design and production company on the coveted Inc. 5000 list for the past three years.  With a team of 231 employees, the company provides all of the core services necessary to create live events, themed attractions, broadcast environments, brand activations and architainment projects. Solomon Group’s services–which include design, production, fabrication, graphics, management and integration–are sought by clients in a variety of industries and include a long list of global brands.  Not bad for a company that was started in 2009 by three friends with just 2 employees on the payroll.
The team of specialists that make up Solomon Group today are the people behind the curtain, working tirelessly on every conceivable detail.  From huge concerts to immersive museum exhibits, they’re not happy unless the audience is thrilled.  To do that, its owners make sure they lead the industry in utilizing new technologies.  Recently, Solomon Group Partner, Jonathan Foucheaux, was recognized for creating the event industry’s first bi-directional optical turnstiles, which track attendee flow in real-time.  The hardware and software solution was deployed initially and successfully at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival, an event produced by Solomon Group.  Since then, the company has been hard at work developing a robust package of IT hardware and apps to serve not only events, but other entertainment industries as well.

4. AlliedPRA New Orleans

AlliedPRA New Orleans was also ranked among the Top 5000 fastest growing companies in America and, subsequently, New Orleans. The company is part of a countrywide corporate events franchise and has increased its staff by more than 50 percent since 2012, from 20 to 52. Its revenue also elevated from $1.4 million to $3.3 million, which was enough to secure the 2,558 spot on the Inc. 5000. AlliedPRA is recognized as one of the best management company in the country, providing high quality services for events, conferences, incentives, and major corporate group meetings.

It serves hundreds of internationally renowned blue-chip corporates, most principal US associations, every big US incentive agency, and all the leading US and international travel management companies. AlliedPRA started in San Diego in a single office. Patti Roscoe, the founder, ensured the success of the company for over 4 decades in the DMC market before finally retiring in 2007. The company was acquired by a different management for a brief period in 2009 (Core Capital), but it was still at the top.

3. FSC Interactive

FSC Interactive also cut to the top 5000 companies at number 2,518, making it one of the fastest growing in New Orleans. FSC Interactive specializes in the provision of digital marketing strategies and had twenty six employees last year, bringing the annual revenue from $1 million in 2012 to $2.5 million in 2015. The company was founded in 2007, when it was first referred to as Fabre Smith & Coco. The founders – Christopher Skinner, McKenzie Coco, and Janet Fabre Smith – recognized the need to meet an uncovered market. During that time, many businesses needed online marketing expertise, which could not be provided by local advertising agencies.

Since its inception, FSC Interactive has become a leading service provider in the social media industry around the Greater New Orleans region. It focuses primarily on online marketing, and helps clients through issues regarding content marketing, SEO, paid search, advancing technology, and social media tactics. The company also creates and maintains search engine marketing campaigns like paid placement management via Google Adwords. It works with clients to ensure that the keywords and messages attracting visitors to their websites find what they are looking for there. FSC performs one-on-one user experience reviews, optimizes client websites to enhance efficiency in the search terms used, and utilizes a competent technical structure to create a user friendly and search engine friendly website depending on the particular client.

2. MaxHome

MaxHome was founded by Lawrence Closs in 1993. The company provides remodeling services, in addition to selling home improvement products such as patio covers and windows. With a staff of ninety nine employees last year, the MaxHome was able to achieve a revenue of $16 million dollars, subsequently securing a spot in the Inc. 5000 at number 2,518. The company started as a convenient and affordable bathroom remodeling business, but has since expanded to include American-made products varying from windows, pergolas, and sunrooms to bathroom remodels and walk-in tubs.

Clients include residents in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Houston who are looking to enhance their home’s overall value and energy efficiency. MaxHome prides itself in providing the most innovative home-energy solutions, ensuring that their clients enjoy maximum financial and energy savings. Their replacement windows, in particular, come with beneficial features such as premium insulation, a patented double-contoured frame, and high performance glass. This combination helps to prevent heat transfer in and outside the house, for maximum energy conservation and reduced energy costs.

1. Melbas Old School Poboys

At number 123 on the 2016 Inc. 5000, Melbas Old School Poboys is officially the fastest growing company in New Orleans. In a word, the company specializes in soul food. In just three years, Melbas has almost quadrupled in the number of employees to 39, which saw it grow its revenue by 2,700 percent to an impressive $3 million. The idea was born after Hurricane Katrina, when company founder Scott Wolfe converted a defaced corner into a memorable landscape.

The Po Boy Shoppe is set at the intersection between Elysian Fields Avenue and North Claiborne Avenue. It is one of the most treasured cornerstone in New Orleans and very popular with the locals. Tourists visiting the place are particularly fond of the urban atmosphere and the Creole flavor. Melba’s neighbors the French Quarter just a few blocks away as well as the Lower 9th Ward Katrina tours, making it the perfect stop for an authentic local cuisine.

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