The Business Report is pleased to announce The Top 25 Companies of Jacksonville for 2023. Jacksonville, a city renowned for its diverse monikers such as the Bold New City of the South, Gateway to Florida, and the River City, is unquestionably a destination worth exploring. Situated just south of the Georgia border, Jacksonville, Florida, is celebrated for its laid-back ambiance, unspoiled beaches, extensive urban park network, and a sprawling metropolitan region with over one million residents who actively contribute to the area's thriving business landscape.
Remarkably, as of February 2023, the city boasted the highest private sector job growth rate among all metropolitan areas, with an impressive addition of 41,100 new private sector jobs over the year, representing a significant 6% increase. Moreover, the area is a hub for Fortune 500 companies, housing over 100 divisional, regional, and corporate headquarters, along with a multitude of pioneering startups. Since the start of 2020, the Jacksonville region has attracted over $1.6 billion in private capital investment, laying a solid foundation for continued economic growth.
Among this year's recipients of awards, Beeline stands out as a trailblazer in the realm of extended workforce platforms. Leveraging a wealth of data that spans two decades and encompasses 30 million workers and over $700 billion in talent expenditure, Beeline adeptly navigates the intricacies of contemporary workforce management. Additionally, we would like to honor Clearsense. Bolstered by a recent capital infusion of $50 million, Clearsense's platform is at the forefront of healthcare innovation by prioritizing robust data governance, implementation, and analytics, all while ensuring scalability and security.
Lastly, we turn our attention to Greek House, an innovative custom apparel company that had its humble beginnings in 2013 at the University of Florida with a modest initial investment of $500. Since then, Greek House has undergone remarkable growth, now boasting a catalog of over 100,000 live products on its platform and a roster of more than 10,000 athletes representing 80+ colleges.
Please join us in recognizing the achievements of this year’s Top 25 Companies of Jacksonville for 2023.
1. The Haskell Company
Haskell is an architecture, engineering, construction and consulting firm that provides best-in-class solutions and certainty of outcome for complex capital projects worldwide. The company was founded in 1965 in Jacksonville, Florida, and has grown to become a global, fully integrated, single-source design- build and EPC firm with more than 2,300 highly specialized, in-house design, construction and administrative professionals across industrial, commercial and governmental markets. With vast experience in manufacturing, the company’s integrated project delivery capability includes the design, purchasing, installation, startup, commissioning and operational training for anything from small improvement projects to turnkey greenfield and brownfield facilities.
Haskell is recognized annually as a construction safety leader and a standard bearer across all industries in training and development. A pioneer in design-build project delivery, Haskell has innovation in its DNA and through its venture arm, Dysruptek, has been recognized as the leader in developing and adopting construction technology solutions. Guided by its core values of Team, Excellence, Service and Trust, the company serves clients ranging from startups to the Fortune 500 with more than 25 offices throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.
2. One Call
One Call, a leading entity in the workers' compensation sphere for over 30 years, specializes in coordinating ancillary care for injured workers. Collaborating with insurance companies, third-party administrators, and self-insured employers, they design personalized recovery plans by amalgamating data, analytics, and a holistic approach to the injured workers' well-being.
Utilizing technology, One Call efficiently links injured workers to top-tier providers within their vast network and through comprehensive core solutions. Their proactive care coordination reduces costs and administrative burdens for clients while promoting an improved quality of life and long-term success for injured workers, both within and beyond the workplace.
3. Pontoon Solutions
Pontoon Solutions is a professional services firm focused on optimizing workforces through a holistic approach involving people, processes, and advanced tools. Their expertise, data resources, and technology redefine organizational boundaries, providing customers with access to talent, precise data intelligence, agility, productivity, and cost-effective solutions.
The company's global presence and robust processes enable customized talent solutions, supporting businesses in achieving strategic goals. Pontoon Solutions excels in enhancing candidate experiences and facilitating talent transformation, preparing companies for the evolving future workforce.
Established in 1941, RS&H remains a leader in evolving to meet architecture, engineering, and consulting needs. From contributing to the national space program to expanding the U.S. highway network and building global airports, the company applies decades of expertise to drive purposeful innovation.
As an employee-owned firm, RS&H's core values are rooted in care and commitment. Embracing the potential to effect change, the company promises a dedicated partnership, ensuring an exceptional journey from project initiation to future aspirations. Led by a seasoned executive, RS&H continues its legacy of adaptability, expertise, and client-centric focus, positioning itself as a hallmark in the fields of architecture, engineering, and consultancy.
5. Emtec Inc.
Emtec is a global IT consultancy dedicated to helping its clients drive transformation and growth by employing the latest technologies and processes to empower their employees, accelerate innovation and deliver amazing digital experiences.
Emtec’s recent acquisition of DEFINITION 6 significantly broadens its Digital Consulting, CX, Creative, Marketing, and Analytics offerings. Notably, the combination of its portfolios creates a comprehensive digital services portfolio united by creativity, strategy, and technology that empowers customers seeking to accelerate their digital aspirations and modernize their operations for quantifiable business value.
6. Paul Davis USA
Paul Davis is a leader in property damage restoration, innovating the industry since its inception in 1966. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, the company operates a National Training Center, certifying professionals in emergency restoration, reconstruction, and remodeling. Their services encompass: damage from water, fire, mold, storms, and other disasters, prioritizing both people and property throughout the recovery process.
With over 300 franchises in the U.S. and Canada, Paul Davis has made significant contributions by collaborating with the insurance industry, introducing computerized estimating, and creating efficient systems for managing water loss. Furthermore, the company fosters a culture where employees align their work with personal values, encouraging a meaningful and impactful professional journey.
7. Brightway Insurance
Brightway Insurance is a rapidly expanding insurance agency system that is focused on innovation and customer-centric principles. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Brightway prioritizes a collaborative and inclusive culture, empowering employees to contribute meaningfully to its success.
Emphasizing professional and personal development, Brightway fosters a diverse work environment that appreciates collective accomplishments. To wit, the Home Office in Jacksonville offers franchisees comprehensive support in Accounting, Marketing, Sales Support, Technology, Training, and Customer Service. Through the application of cutting-edge technologies and the dedication of its workforce, Brightway Insurance continues its path of expansion and innovation.
8. VENUS Fashion Inc.
Founded in Florida in 1982, Venus Fashion Inc., headquartered in Jacksonville, is a leading online and catalog retailer specializing in women’s clothing and swimwear. VENUS Swim & Fashion, a division of the company, emphasizes American-made swimwear and confident styles, offering quality and diverse options for every woman's wardrobe. At VENUS, each piece allows women to channel their inner goddess, with inclusive designs catering to all body types.
Emphasizing fit and quality, their clothing transitions seamlessly from everyday wear to special occasions, embodying a philosophy that resonates with their customers. As a go-to destination for bold, unique apparel, VENUS offers versatile, feminine designs, including swim separates, fashion pieces, and lingerie. Their commitment to exceptional fit, quality, and value elevates everyday style, making them a coveted choice for fashion-forward individuals.
Swisher, a company with a 160-year history, is committed to delivering superior products and fostering lasting connections. Originating as a producer of superior tobacco goods, Swisher has transformed its focus to curating experiences that resonate with adult consumers' cultural and lifestyle preferences.
The company boasts a portfolio of iconic brands and maintains a dedication to innovation and growth. Embracing an entrepreneurial spirit, Swisher is characterized by a relentless pursuit of fresh ideas and meaningful relationships, establishing itself as a leader in providing desired experiences and high-quality products. Upholding its independence, Swisher's heritage is deeply connected to community support and relationship-building, shaping both the company and its industry.
Founded in 2002, SkillStorm is committed to accelerating opportunities for the clients and candidates they support. As an authorized training partner with leading technologies such as AWS, Salesforce, and CompTIA, SkillStorm achieves their mission through two primary pillars: Tech Force by Design and the Accelerator program. Tech Force by Design custom designs, builds and deploys U.S.-based tech teams at scale to enterprise clients. The Accelerator program propels aspiring professionals towards accelerated career growth through online tech certification courses.
SkillStorm leverages their expansive network of partnerships including universities, military programs, and government agencies, positioning themselves at the forefront of addressing the tech skills gap. They are deeply invested in accelerating opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds including veterans which make up 33% of SkillStorm's workforce. They’ve been awarded numerous accolades, including the 2021 and 2022 VETS Indexes Recognized Employer, the 2022 and 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards, and the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Military Times Best for Vets Employer awards.
11. Greek House
Greek House, established in 2013 at the University of Florida with a modest $500, is a pioneering company revolutionizing the custom apparel industry. Focused on simplifying the process of ordering custom apparel, Greek House expanded its vision, spawning three additional premier brands: Threadly, College Thread, and Athlete’s Thread. With a cumulative expertise of over two hundred years in custom apparel, design, and technology, the company is steadfast in reshaping the industry.
Currently boasting a roster of over 10,000 athletes across 80+ colleges, Greek House showcases a catalog of over 100,000 live products on its platform. Plans are underway to launch at an additional 38 schools while discussions for more expansions are in progress. Led by its dynamic executive, Greek House is progressively altering the landscape of custom apparel, realizing its vision through steady, strategic growth and technological innovation.
12. Borland Groover
Borland Groover, founded in 1947, is a leading gastroenterology provider in Florida, specializing in a wide range of services from basic screenings to advanced procedures and clinical trials. The company's primary aim is to provide accessible, cutting-edge gastrointestinal and liver care by merging the extensive resources of a major hospital network with the personalized touch of primary care physicians.
Their offerings encompass expert physicians across gastroenterology, pathology, radiology, and allergy care, coupled with flexible appointment scheduling. With a widespread presence in Northeast Florida and the East Coast, including Volusia and Palm Beach counties, the company operates fourteen clinics, four ambulatory surgery centers (with plans for two more), three infusion suites, an imaging center, and a research hub.
13. Lakeview Health
Founded in 2001, Lakeview Health serves individuals with addiction, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. The company takes an individualized approach that addresses the medical, psychological, and physical aspects of recovery. Lakeview offers gender-responsive and gender-separate inpatient residential treatment services at their center in Jacksonville, Florida. Their continuum of care allows patients to move successfully toward a life in recovery. Notably, the company recently opened Koru Spring, a dual-diagnosis center for treating adult women struggling with the impacts of eating disorders.
Lakeview Health Milestone
In April 2023 Lakeview Health opened the doors of Koru Spring – a dual-diagnosis eating disorder center for adult women. Through its women’s program, The Rose at Lakeview Health, the company saw firsthand the growing need for evidence-based care options for those struggling with eating disorders and knew that our team could help. Its goal is to provide each resident with the tools she needs to heal from the impacts of eating disorders and begin her journey towards recovery.
Beeline, a pioneer in the extended workforce platform, reshapes how businesses engage, manage, and optimize external talent. Leveraging a comprehensive data set covering 30 million workers and over $700 billion in talent spend across two decades, Beeline adeptly navigates the intricacies of modern workforce management. For more than 20 years, Beeline has empowered enterprises globally with its Extended Workforce Platform, providing essential visibility to mitigate risk, achieve cost efficiency, and adapt to dynamic business needs.
The platform seamlessly integrates with various technology stacks, including major procurement and HR systems, through numerous integrations, tailoring solutions to the complexities of the extended workforce. Drawing from vast experience, innovation, and a robust partner network, Beeline securely connects enterprises to global talent. Recent product launches, like The Mom Project, have addressed unmet extended workforce challenges, resulting in over $40 million in economic impact through job placements for moms.
15. Greenshades Software
Greenshades Software is your agile in-house Payroll & HR solution, offering a flexible cloud-based platform designed to strengthen your business. Greenshades Software is adaptable, integrating seamlessly with any ERP system, and tailored to meet your unique company needs. With robust employee self-service, proactive compliance, and comprehensive tax reporting, Greenshades Software incorporates automation into HR, payroll, and tax making them easier than ever to process. At Greenshades Software, we prioritize your journey to streamlined operations, backed by our unwavering commitment to personalized support.
With a history spanning over 20 years, the company’s commitment to empowering clients has fueled its remarkable growth. In 2002, Greenshades Software set a bold new course in payroll technology with the launch of our cloud-based Payroll/HR Platform, crafted specifically for mid-sized companies. The Greenshades platform allows customers to build their Payroll and HR to suit their business, not the other way around. This marks a significant differentiation from other providers, who impose a one-size-fits-all model.
Founded in 2004, iMethods is an integrity-driven, people-centric Healthcare IT solutions provider. The company takes a right-person, right-place approach to fulfill unique position requirements as it connects healthcare providers to accomplished healthcare IT professionals nationwide.
The iMethods team is composed of individuals who care deeply for one another and work tirelessly together for the betterment of our consultants and clients. By investing heavily in its people, iMethods wants the best and the brightest to have an excellent work environment where they feel empowered, accepted, and their efforts recognized.
17. Redwire Space
Redwire Corporation is a leading provider of mission-critical space solutions and high-reliability components, spearheading the next-generation space economy. The company holds valuable intellectual property in solar power generation, in-space 3D printing, avionics, sensors, digital engineering, and space-based biotechnology. Notably, the company's operations are segmented into business areas focusing on: space commercialization, digitally engineered spacecraft, on-orbit servicing, assembly, manufacturing, advanced sensors and components, and space domain awareness and resilience.
With over 700 employees worldwide and ten facilities covering more than 227,000 square feet in the U.S. and Europe, Redwire is dedicated to advancing space technology. Recent milestones include collaborations with Eli Lilly and Company to explore heart disease and diabetes in space research, and securing a contract to supply an onboard computer for the ESA’s Comet Interceptor Mission, highlighting Redwire's pivotal role in advancing space exploration.
Unison Industries, LLC, is a major global supplier of intricate gas turbine engine components and electrical & mechanical systems across diverse sectors such as aviation, space, defense, power generation, oil & gas, and transportation. The company serves a wide variety of markets, providing advanced performance solutions for engine and airframe programs. Employing over 2,000 individuals across five major manufacturing hubs and engineering centers, Unison serves both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers in commercial, military, general aviation, aeroderivative, and industrial markets.
Under the leadership of its executive team, Unison Industries has recently secured significant agreements and expanded its operations, such as the five-year C-17 Globemaster III Repair Agreement, the establishment of a new facility in Dayton, Ohio, and the extension of its collaboration with AAR and Blue Origin.
RF-SMART, a leader in advanced software solutions for over 40 years, serves distributors, manufacturers, and retailers globally. Their systems eliminate manual data entry inefficiencies, improving accuracy, productivity, and real-time activity tracking. By aiding over 2,000 companies, RF-SMART enhances inventory and order accuracy, yielding up to 40% productivity gains. Their mobile inventory solutions cater to diverse industries, bridging gaps left by ERP systems and focusing on execution aspects for non-office-based employees.
Remarkably, achieving an accuracy rate of 99.9%, RF-SMART's systems replace paperwork with real-time data validation.These solutions provide comprehensive visibility into work performance and traceability for warehouse and shop floor activities, benefitting both employees and management. The company's focus on practical, efficient solutions has positioned it as a leading brand in enhancing warehouse operations worldwide.
For 45 years, Fortegra has excelled in providing innovative insurance and protection products, aiding millions of consumers in managing risk and uncertainty. With a team boasting extensive industry experience, the company swiftly develops multifaceted programs, driven by fortitude and integrity, core values reflected in its name. Operating across 15 global offices, Fortegra extends passport rights in the EU and delivers product and obligor services across all 50 U.S. states, including D.C.
Latterly, major moves include Fortegra's acquisition of a majority interest in Premia Solutions Limited. Moreover, the recent launch of the Smart AutoCare branded Catalytic Converter Limited Warranty underlines the company's commitment to pioneering automotive protection solutions.
Established in 2021 through the amalgamation of prominent software companies, Revalize offers specialized solutions for the manufacturing value chain. As an influential idea-to-cash solution provider, Revalize redefines manufacturing by supplying comprehensive software for design, modeling, development, and sales.
Renowned for its CAD, PLM, and CPQ solutions, Revalize recently expanded its Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Portfolio with the acquisition of KCL. This strategic move reinforces Revalize's commitment to broadening its offerings and catering to diverse manufacturing needs. Led by its forward-looking executives, the company continues to prioritize innovation, signaling its dedication to advancing the industry and streamlining processes for all stakeholders.
22. Beaver Street Fisheries
Beaver Street Fisheries, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a key player in importing, exporting, manufacturing, and distributing frozen seafood and meat products sourced globally. With a vertically integrated supply chain and diverse processing capabilities, the company offers a wide array of high-quality products at competitive prices. Catering to wholesale, retail, institutional, and foodservice sectors, the company excels in meeting diverse market needs.
The company's success is rooted in its commitment to quality, efficient service, and a fundamental principle: "Treat the customer as you would a friend and all else will follow." This ethos has contributed significantly to Beaver Street Fisheries' excellent reputation and ongoing success in the industry.
23. Complete Health
Complete Health, a physician-driven primary care group, emphasizes patient-centric services and innovative healthcare solutions. Their Patient Engagement Centers, offering extended hours and walk-in flexibility, host Member Support Representatives (MSRs) to facilitate patient benefits. Notably, the organization prioritizes value-based care for Medicare patients, focusing on enhancing healthcare for the elderly.
Their flagship program, Complete HealthTM 360 Review, serves Medicare-eligible individuals, providing exclusive access to MSRs who assist in simplifying patients' lives. These representatives aid in reducing daily stress by identifying resources covering areas such as expensive medications, transportation to appointments, specialized healthcare assistance, specialist referrals within insurance networks, and comprehensive guidance on Medicare and Medicare Advantage.
24. Sterling Lexicon
Established in 1991, Sterling Lexicon is a prominent global relocation service provider aimed at assisting individuals, employees, and companies in achieving their goals through innovative moving solutions. Managing over 33,000 relocations annually across 180 countries through 14 regional offices, the company has expanded from local to global scales. Upholding its core value of connecting people with possibilities, Sterling Lexicon collaborates closely with clients to offer flexible, end-to-end relocation services.
Sterling Lexicon approach is characterized by a tailored, empathetic strategy, considering each client's unique needs. By merging technology, personalized service, and a deep understanding of clients' requirements, Sterling Lexicon ensures the seamless transition of employees, fostering their happiness and productivity. From office relocations to managing global assignments, the company offers integrated solutions aligned with diverse business goals, solidifying its role as a trusted partner in the relocation landscape.
Clearsense is revolutionizing healthcare by prioritizing a data-first approach. Committed to industry transformation, Clearsense facilitates a seamless data journey, providing a platform that ensures robust data governance, implementation, and analytics, while maintaining scalability and security.
Recent milestones include the launch on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, a partnership with Intermountain Health to leverage legacy data, and a successful $50 million capital raise. By collaborating with end-users, Clearsense empowers efficient data navigation, driving returns on investment and unlocking significant value.