Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes 11 FastTrack Companies for Consistent Growth

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth.  Several of the 2012 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners.

FastTrack awards are presented to companies with consistent records of growth.  Recipients of 2012 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2008, with an annual growth of 20 percent for the following three years. 

"The broad range of markets and businesses honored with FastTrack awards are proof that the Ann Arbor region can support businesses across a spectrum of industries," said Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko.  "To grow year over year, consistently, in a tough economy is truly noteworthy and these companies deserve recognition for this considerable achievement."

FastTrack award winners represent a range of businesses in the Ann Arbor region: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFWJpVN9zsU

One-year FastTrack winners:
Arbormoon Software specializes in planning, strategy, design and development on the iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry among others. As a company that has been recognized for hiring and growing Michigan talent, they employ a staff of top-flight professionals to maximize the impact of "mobile" for their clients.

Estrakon, Inc. is an advanced LED lighting company that provides lighting solutions for the point-of-sale market and in-store fixture companies. Its patented technology provides simulated motion and accurate color matching to ensure brands are represented appropriately and effectively at retail. Estrakon conducts all manufacturing and assembly operations in Ann Arbor.

The Whole Brain Group is committed to helping growing businesses develop and execute digital marketing plans. Using their expertise in web design, development, social media, content and pay-per-click advertising, they partner with their clients to take an integrated approach to achieving their business goals.

Two-year Fast Track winner:
Beal Incorporated is a selective demolition company that specializes in historic structures with experience in the demolition trade dating back to 1962.  With offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Toledo, Beal was recently organized into four divisions with a growing list of services offered.

Three-year FastTrack winners:
Beal Properties specializes in managing and developing commercial and residential real estate for owners and investors throughout Southeast Michigan. It offers a wide range of residential apartment options in Ypsilanti, from premier luxury lofts to four bedroom apartments in student neighborhoods, as well as retail and office space in downtown Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit.

Four-year FastTrack winners
Caelynx LLC is a computer-aided engineering firm providing expedient, reliable consulting services.  It specializes in helping clients in the aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, life science and consumer product industries. 

MedHub, Inc. is a privately-held company that provides managed IT services for large academic teaching hospitals worldwide. MedHub clients include The University of Michigan, Mayo Clinic, Duke University, Stanford University, Cleveland Clinic, The University of Washington, The University of Wisconsin, and Indiana University.  MedHub recently announced that it secured 11 client contracts over the course of the last year.

Five-year FastTrack winners:
LLamasoft Inc. is a worldwide leader in delivering supply chain design software and services to large organizations. It provides the leading supply chain design and predictive analytics applications available on the market, enabling companies to model, optimize, and simulate their supply chains and improve cost, service, sustainability, and risk mitigation.  LLamasoft recently announced that it accepted a major investment from Nike Inc., MK Capital and Augment Ventures to accelerate its product, technology and market expansion.

Online Tech's Midwest data centers assure mission critical applications are always available, comply with government and industry regulations, and continue operating after a disaster. Online Tech delivers the security, privacy, and availability expected from world-class data center operators.

SRT Solutions creates software for growing and innovative companies that see software as a strategic asset. It uses the best available tools and processes to provide customized, reliable, secure software for phones, tablets, web, desktop, and enterprise systems, focusing on high-value applications that have the potential to change a client's market.

Six-year FastTrack winner:
ForeSee Results, a pioneer in customer experience analytics, measures satisfaction across customer touch points and delivers critical insights on where to prioritize improvements. ForeSee's technology and methodology allows executives and managers to drive future success by optimizing the efforts that will achieve business and brand objectives. The result is better business for companies and a better experience for consumers.

About Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Washtenaw County etcs/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborUSA.org.

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