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MetroStar Systems Ranks No. 562 on the 2009 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 481.4%

Inc. Magazine Unveils Exclusive List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies--the Inc. 5000


Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. magazine recently ranked MetroStar Systems, a leader in full-service IT and strategies for new media and social networks, No. 562 on its third annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. MetroStar was also ranked No. 70 in IT Services and No. 52 in the Washington/Arlington/Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV market. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy -- America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Consumer electronics maker Vizio, Internet giant GoDaddy, rental car service Zipcar, and beverage maker Honest Tea are among the prominent brands featured on this year's list.


"Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate," said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. "That's why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year."


"Our tremendous growth, as well as this recognition, would not be possible without the hard work and dedicated contributions of every MetroStar employee and contractor," said Ali Reza Manouchehri, Chief Executive Officer of MetroStar Systems. "Our position has significantly increased since last year, and with our continued innovation and dedication, we can only expect to increase annually as MetroStar grows and expands its business lines."


According to Inc., "MetroStar Systems provides full-service IT and support that streamlines and integrates its clients' business, providing automation, metrics and analytic forecasting, customized IT development and training, and strategies for utilizing new media and social networks, as well as meshing disparate data and enabling geographically dispersed personnel to work together effectively."


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The 2009 Inc. 5000, unveiled on, serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding; making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on


This year's list also offers a preview of which industries are poised for growth in coming years. With an average growth rate of 667 percent, Insurance ranked as the top industry overall. Government Services was the top industry gainer with 252 companies on this year's list, up from 135 last year. Health is the top industry by both total revenue ($22.7 billion) and total employment (156,223 jobs).


The Hottest Regions for Fast-Growing Companies


Once again, California tops the Inc. 5000 with the most companies of any state with 612. The Golden State is followed by Texas (393), New York (316), Florida (263), and Virginia (261). All 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, are represented on this year's list.


New York boasts 371 Inc. 5000 companies, making it the top metropolitan area, followed by Washington, D.C. (317), Los Angeles (253), Atlanta (209), and Chicago (203).


The Inc. 5000 at a Glance


Bolstered by this year's No. 1 company, Northern Capital Insurance, Insurance emerged as the top industry, with an average growth rate of 667 percent. Other strong performers include Energy (523 percent) and Government Services (491 percent).


In total, the companies on the Inc. 5000 have created more than 1 million jobs. Health is the top employer with 156,223 jobs, followed by Business Products & Services (122,911), IT Services (89,632), Food & Beverage (86,572), and Construction (65,494).


IT Services had the most companies on this year's list with 658, followed by Business Products & Services (502), Advertising & Marketing (398), Construction (354), and Manufacturing (342).


Topping this year's list is Northern Capital Insurance, a Miami-based firm that is helping to revolutionize Florida's ailing insurance industry. The company generated $95 million in revenue in 2008 and an impressive three-year growth rate of 19,812 percent.


The top woman-owned company is P3S (No. 17 overall), a San Antonio-based firm that provides IT network security and physical security services, mostly to the Defense Department. P3S, owned by Mary Ellen Trevino, recorded revenue of $13.5 million in 2008 and a three-year growth rate of 5,898 percent. The top minority-owned company is Harley Stanfield (No. 3 overall), a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investment firm that buys existing properties, makes them energy efficient, and then resells them as investment properties. Harley Stanfield, founded by Cedric Franklin, posted revenue of $38.4 million in 2008 and a three-year growth rate of 13,350 percent.


The Inc. 5000 posted aggregate revenue of $214 billion in 2008, up nearly 16 percent from the previous year. The top five industries by total revenue include Health ($22.7 billion), Business Products & Services ($19.6 billion), Construction ($18.8 billion), Energy ($14.7 billion), and IT Services ($13.2 billion).


The Top 10 Inc. 5000 Companies Ranked by Growth


                         Year   Revenue  2008
  Rank  Company   Location   Industry  Founded Growth   Revenue
  No. 1  Northern   Miami    Insurance  2003   19,812.2% $95
      Capital                          million
  No. 2  National   San Juan   Financial  2003   13,416.4% $47.4
      Retirement  Capistrano, Services            million
      Partners   California
  No. 3  Harley    Washington, Real Estate 2003   13,350.3% $38.4
      Stanfield  D.C.                     million
  No. 4  Perfect   Mill Valley, Consumer  2002   12,749.3% $63.5
      Fitness   California  Products &           million
  No. 5  IntegraClick Sarasota,  Advertising 2002   12,654.4% $96.4
             Florida   & Marketing           million
  No. 6  Kiva     Woburn,   Logistics & 2003   10,399%  $21.4
      Systems   Massa-    Transport-           million
             chusetts   ation
  No. 7  Freedom   Tampa    Insurance  2004   10,035.3% $182.8
      Health                          million
  No. 8  One     Dallas    Advertising 2000   9,946.4%  $50.7
      Technologies       & Marketing           million
  No. 9  MediaTrust  New York   Advertising 2004   9,481.1%  $38.3
             City     & Marketing           million
  No. 10 Criterion  Vienna,   Government 2005   8,433.7%  $20.3
      Systems   Virginia   Services            million


The Top 10 Inc. 5000 Companies Ranked by Total Revenue


  Rank   Company     Location    Industry      2008 Revenue
  No. 4606 Hy-Vee      West Des    Food & Beverage  $6.2 billion
                Moines, Iowa
  No. 3304 CH2M Hill    Englewood,   Engineering    $5.6 billion
  No. 826  Maxum Petroleum Old Greenwich, Energy       $4.9 billion
  No. 1178 Lansing Trade  Overland Park, Business Products $4.4 billion
       Group      Kansas     & Services
  No. 1710 Medical     Baton Rouge,  Health       $4.4 billion
       Management    Louisiana
  No. 4445 Kingston     Fountain    Computer Hardware $4 billion
       Technology    Valley,
  No. 3771 Brightstar    Miami      Telecommunications $3.6 billion
  No. 3474 CoBank      Greenwood    Financial     $2.6 billion
                Village,    Services
  No. 4219 Cooper-Standard Novi, Michigan Manufacturing   $2.6 billion
  No. 4288 IASIS      Franklin,    Health       $2.1 billion
       Healthcare    Tennessee




The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies -- as of December 31, 2008. Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million. The top 10 percent of companies on the list comprise the Inc. 500, now in its 28th year.


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Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. ( is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at


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About MetroStar Systems

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, MetroStar Systems is Small Business Administration-certified 8(a) firm that provides its clients with agile, collaborative solutions designed to integrate people, processes, technology, and learning across an organization and its geographic boundaries. MetroStar System's core competencies are distributed through seven major service groups: 1) Portal Strategy and Integration, 2) Enterprise Infrastructure Support, 3) Business Intelligence, 4) New Media Technology, 5) Health, Finance and Insurance, 6) Training & Education, and 7) Custom Development. Information about MetroStar Systems and its products can be found on the company's website,