The Business Report is pleased to announce The Top 25 Tampa Companies of 2023. Blessed with year-round fantastic weather, the city of Tampa is an irresistible destination. This region boasts stunning Gulf Coast beaches, iconic architectural wonders, heart-pounding extreme sports – and a rich tapestry of cultures that infuse its dining, shopping, theater, and art scenes. Recently, the city even achieved the impressive rank of No. 3 on a list of U.S. cities where people want to move.
Moreover, Tampa offers a thriving business environment, attracting various companies looking to flourish. This includes a number of major corporations, such as banks and telecommunications companies, which maintain regional offices in the city. Remarkably, the largest credit union in Florida is headquartered right here in Tampa. Apart from its strong financial sector, the city’s economy thrives on numerous sectors, including tourism, healthcare, insurance, technology, construction, and the maritime industry. To reflect this diverse economic landscape, the awardees listed in this year’s roster encompass a broad spectrum of companies.
Among the recipients of this year's awards, for instance, we find three outstanding companies. First, there's StaffChase, a global offshore recruitment company dedicated to strengthening businesses through the development of efficient workforces. Impressively, in just two years, StaffChase has expanded from a small duo to a formidable team of more than 100 seasoned professionals.
Next, we have AVI-SPL, a leading provider of digital enablement solutions. AVI-SPL is already collaborating with over 86% of Fortune 100 companies, helping them revolutionize their connections, create value, and thrive in the digital age. Lastly, we wish to acknowledge Bloomin' Brands. Since its inception in the late 1980s, this company has risen to prominence as a major player in the global casual dining industry, boasting a network of over 1,450 restaurants worldwide and a dedicated workforce of 77,000 employees.
Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 25 Tampa Companies of 2023.
Foundever™ is a leader in the customer experience (CX) industry. With 170,000 associates worldwide, they are the team behind experiences for 750 of the world's leading digital-first brands. Foundever's CX solutions, technology, and expertise support their clients' operational needs and deliver seamless experiences to customers.
Recently, Foundever™ donated $6,000 USD to Libraries Without Borders as part of its annual wellness challenge for charity. They have also entered strategic partnerships with KMS Lighthouse and Cognigy to deliver knowledge management and conversational AI solutions for contact centers.
2. Checkers & Rally’s Drive-In Restaurants
Based in Tampa, Fla., Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., is an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its bold, craveable food, famous fries, exceptional value, and people-first attitude. The company operates and franchises both Checkers® and Rally's® restaurants. With more than 800 restaurants and room to grow, Checkers & Rally's is a proven brand with flexible building formats that is aggressively expanding across the country.
Notably, Checkers & Rally's is dedicated to being a place where franchisees and employees who work hard can create opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. Recently, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants has collaborated with Hi Auto to deploy its Spanish drive-through artificial intelligence (AI) voice technology at its locations.
3. Kforce Inc.
Kforce is a solutions firm that specializes in technology, finance, and accounting, as well as professional staffing services. Their KNOWLEDGEforce® empowers industry-leading companies to achieve their digital transformation goals. Kforce curates teams of technical experts who build solutions custom-tailored to each client's needs. These scalable, flexible outcomes are shaped by deep market knowledge, thought leadership, and their multi-industry expertise.
It is worthy to note that the company’s integrated approach is rooted in 60 years of proven success in deploying highly skilled professionals on a temporary and direct-hire basis. Each year, more than 25,000 talented experts work with a majority of the Fortune 500. Together, they deliver Great Results Through Strategic Partnership and Knowledge Sharing®.
AVI-SPL is a digital enablement solutions provider, transforming how people and technology connect to elevate experiences, create value, and enable organizations to thrive and grow. As a leading provider of collaboration technology solutions, their team works with organizations worldwide, including over 86% of Fortune 100 companies. Their experienced teams strategize, design, deploy, manage, and support audiovisual (AV) and unified communications (UC) solutions that are simple-to-use, scalable, serviceable, and measurable to ensure business objectives are achieved.
With more than 100,000 projects in 80+ countries, AVI-SPL is dedicated to making technology work for its clients on a global scale. Recent innovations include the AVI-SPL VideoLink brand, bringing virtual studios to enterprise broadcasting. AVI-SPL continues to transform how organizations connect, create value, and thrive.
ConnectWise is a leading software company dedicated to the success of millions of SMBs globally through technology service providers. With cybersecurity as a core pillar in its suite of award-winning solutions, ConnectWise offers a range of products, including ConnectWise MDR, Incident Response, SIEM, RMM, and more.
With over 40 years of experience serving the technology industry, ConnectWise is headquartered in Tampa and is committed to giving back to the community. Recently, the company announced its support and sponsorship of ZooTampa's Great Horned Exhibit.
6. Ideal Image
As North America’s #1 medical aesthetics provider, Ideal Image leads the category by delivering affordable and effective face and body treatments through the industry’s largest network of doctors and licensed professionals. With over 20 years of experience and more than 20 million FDA-cleared treatments performed, Ideal Image is an industry trailblazer committed to offering an innovative and effective suite of products and services that are medically led and backed by science.
Notably, Ideal Image provides a personalized and premium experience grounded in transparency that delivers real results – and empowers women through every step of their self-care journey.
7. Greenway Health
Greenway Health provides electronic health records (EHR), practice management, and revenue cycle management solutions that help practices in multiple specialties grow profitably, remain compliant, work more efficiently, and improve patient outcomes.
Greenway works with thousands of providers across multiple specialties, translating into millions of lives touched daily by its solutions.The company’s team of clinical, financial, and technology experts serves as trusted advisors, committed to enabling successful providers, empowering patients, and building healthier communities.
WilsonHCG is a global leader in total talent solutions. Operating as a strategic partner, it helps some of the world's most admired brands build comprehensive talent functions. With a global presence spanning more than 65 countries and six continents, WilsonHCG provides a full suite of talent services including recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), executive search, contingent talent solutions, and technology advisory.
Notably, WilsonHCG has been making significant strides in expanding its global reach and enhancing its service offerings. The company recently extended its footprint into Southeast Asia, demonstrating its commitment to serving a wider client base. In another strategic move, WilsonHCG entered into a service partnership with iCIMS, a notable collaboration within the talent solutions industry. Additionally, the acquisition of Personify strengthens WilsonHCG's position in the healthcare and life sciences talent solutions sector, showcasing the company's dedication to meeting evolving industry demands.
9. Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
Bloomin' Brands is a global casual dining giant with over 1,450 restaurants worldwide and a dedicated team of 77,000 Team Members. The company's origins trace back to the late 1980s with the opening of the first Outback Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida. The company introduced the "No Rules, Just Right" approach, emphasizing great steak, genuine customer care, and a vibrant atmosphere.
Bloomin' Brands continues to deliver on this promise, placing customer satisfaction at the forefront of its enduring success. Today, Bloomin' Brands encompasses a family of Founder-inspired restaurants, including Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Aussie Grill by Outback. These brands collectively define Bloomin' Brands, Inc.'s commitment to extraordinary dining experiences.
ReliaQuest, a Tampa-based private company with a global presence, is a security operations powerhouse. Their flagship platform, GreyMatter, automates detection, investigation, and response across various security tools and applications, be it in the cloud, on endpoints, or on-premises. GreyMatter is designed to be cloud-native and open XDR architecture, offered as a service worldwide 24/7.
With a substantial clientele of 700+ global customers and a workforce of 1,200 spread across six global centers, ReliaQuest is a trusted partner to major enterprise brands. Recently, they strengthened their cybersecurity capabilities by teaming up with Google Cloud. They have also launched the GreyMatter Mobile App, making their security solutions even more accessible and robust.
Ardurra, a company whose name literally embodies its core attributes, stands as a growing assembly of experts, engineers, and design professionals. They combine extensive experience with an innovative spirit to provide top-tier services and practical solutions, exceeding client expectations while fostering community development and environmental preservation.
In a series of strategic moves, Ardurra Group, Inc. has acquired Inwood Consulting Engineers, Inc., Shephard - Wesnitzer, Inc., and T-O Engineers, expanding its influence. The company has also introduced a new ownership structure through a partnership with management and Littlejohn & Co. This evolution has expanded Ardurra's portfolio to include community outreach services, demonstrating their unwavering dedication to comprehensive growth and excellence in their field.
12. Baldwin Risk Partners
BRP Group, Inc. is a visionary insurance distribution holding company led by entrepreneurs. They provide customized insurance solutions, enabling clients to pursue their dreams with peace of mind. Their extensive portfolio and resources are reshaping the insurance industry, focusing on personalization and holistic risk management. With over 4,000 colleagues and 2 million clients nationwide, BRP Group has a substantial presence, with 134 offices and 50 strategic partnerships.
Recent highlights include: the launch of Juniper Re, LLC, a reinsurance brokering platform showcasing their commitment to innovation. The company has also completed acquisitions of Construction Risk Partners and Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers, expanding their service offerings. Additionally, the acquisition of Arcana Insurance Services further demonstrates BRP Group’s dedication to adapting to evolving lifestyles and business risks.
A-LIGN, founded in 2009, is a trusted technology-enabled security and compliance partner for over 4,000 global organizations. Their mission is simple: to help companies navigate cybersecurity and compliance challenges. They achieve this by offering customized solutions that align directly with each organization's unique goals and objectives.
A-LIGN firmly believes that aligning compliance with strategic objectives is the key to unlocking a business's full potential. In today's fast-paced digital landscape, A-LIGN's comprehensive and tailored solutions are invaluable for organizations looking to conquer the complex world of cybersecurity.
14. Aspen RxHealth
Aspen RxHealth is a leading provider of clinical pharmacy services. Their mobile-based platform intelligently connects pharmacists with patients, improving patient-pharmacist interactions and boosting medication adherence and health outcomes. With a network of over 7,000 pharmacists, Aspen RxHealth equips patients with the knowledge and personalized action plans needed for optimal medication results.
In a recent announcement, the company introduced a Professional Coaching Program for Pharmacists. Aspen RxHealth continues to drive innovation in healthcare by leveraging technology and enhancing the patient experience.
15. Walker Consultants
Established in 1965, Walker Consultants is a company offering planning, design, engineering, forensics, restoration, and consulting services for the built environment. As a 100% employee-owned firm, they prioritize integrity, honesty, and excellence. Walker excels in parking consulting, spanning operations, technology, and mobility solutions. Their team includes specialists and renowned experts from the transportation industry, providing practical solutions to complex challenges.
Beyond parking and mobility, Walker employs experienced forensic engineers to address issues related to natural events, design or construction defects worldwide, offering investigative assessments, creative repair solutions, and litigation support. Additionally, Walker is a leading provider of restoration and building envelope services in the industry. Their structural engineering, architectural design, building science expertise, and extensive geographic presence make them a premier choice for specialized services throughout the United States.
Founded in 2002, Healthesystems is a prominent player in the workers' compensation industry. The company leverages state-of-the-art technology and clinical expertise to deliver Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) services, effectively controlling pharmacy program utilization and costs. Beyond PBM, Healthesystems has developed an all-encompassing solution for managing Ancillary Benefits Management (ABM) services and vendors.
The company is committed to helping clients navigate the complex workers' compensation landscape, resulting in improved pharmacy transaction efficiency, network engagement, and drug utilization. With a focus on technology and clinical know-how, Healthesystems provides flexible programs that reduce total medical care costs and enhance the quality of care for injured workers.
PuzzleHR, a leading player in HR solutions, simplifies the complexities of Human Resources. Their team of skilled HR specialists equips businesses to overcome HR challenges, letting them focus on core operations. As America's top HR Solutions as a Service (HRaaS) provider, PuzzleHR understands the challenges businesses face, such as balancing business needs, employee expectations, and regulatory compliance.
Notably, the company has introduced the Shared Services Model, offering comprehensive Personnel Management Infrastructure Solutions at a fraction of the cost of handling it alone. Their holistic HR as a Service (HRaaS) approach covers all aspects of personnel management, enabling businesses to focus on growth. Recent news includes the launch of the Direct Connect Mobile App, showcasing PuzzleHR's commitment to innovative HR solutions.
Cirkul is a game-changer in modern Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), dedicated to making the world healthier by redefining how we hydrate. Several years ago, Cirkul saw the need for a user-friendly solution to boost water consumption. Today, the company focuses on sustainability, US-based manufacturing, and a digital-first approach.
Notably, the company's reusable water bottle with cartridge technology makes water enjoyable and personalized. Beyond personal hydration, Cirkul is transforming bottled drink distribution. Since launching in 2018, they've saved 250 million plastic bottles and significantly reduced shipping weight and plastic usage. Cirkul remains committed to sustainability and consumer well-being through innovation.
19. Sims Crane & Equipment Co.
Founded in 1959, Sims Crane & Equipment Co. has been a Florida industry leader for over 60 years. With a strong emphasis on innovative safety practices, advanced technology, and financial stability, they provide the largest mobile crane rental fleet in the state, ensuring reliable availability for any project. Their services include the latest crane rental equipment and a proficient service department to maintain machine efficiency.
Notably, Sims Crane also offers on-site consultations and detailed 3D lift planning through their application specialists for secure asset relocation. Whether it's lifting needs or turn-key crane and rigging operations, Sims Crane is equipped to handle it all. Their comprehensive approach guarantees safe and smooth job completion. This company's enduring commitment to end-to-end service solutions establishes them as a foremost player in the industry, dedicated to delivering results.
MANTA, a prominent data lineage platform, offers a robust solution for understanding your data environment. Through automated scans, MANTA creates a comprehensive map of data flows, making this information accessible via a user-friendly interface for both technical and non-technical users. This ensures full control and visibility over data pipelines, eliminating common blind spots. Founded by Tomas Kratky, MANTA originated from a determination to streamline data pipeline management, saving time and resources.
Starting with a small team of six innovators, MANTA has grown into a global team of over 100 experts who uphold core values like customer-centricity, courage, and teamwork. Their mission is clear: to empower organizations with healthy and trustworthy data pipelines. Recently, they secured $35 million in Series B funding, led by Forestay Capital and joined by Bessemer Venture Partners, SAP.io, Senovo, Dan Fougere, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. With prior funding from Credo Ventures and a strategic partnership with Alteryx Ventures, MANTA is poised to revolutionize data management.
21. Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company
Established in 1984 in Tampa, Florida, Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company is a global coffee brand, offering quality coffee and exceptional service. Serving a diverse customer base, from office coffee distributors to restaurants and online shoppers, the company carefully sources and processes the finest coffee beans from around the world, roasting them in small batches at their Tampa facility.
Leading the charge is Chris de Mezzo, the Roastmaster, with over 100 coffee varieties crafted to ensure each cup of Joffrey's coffee is truly exceptional. Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company's enduring mission since its inception is to enhance everyday moments with exceptional coffee and tea. In 2022, they achieved a significant milestone by becoming the official coffee of Disney Parks, a testament to their commitment to excellence in coffee experiences.
Slide, headquartered in Tampa, FL, is a cutting-edge insurtech company founded in 2021 by insurance expert Bruce Lucas. They specialize in using artificial intelligence and Big Data to personalize and optimize insurance for modern homeowners. Slide stands out for its commitment to tailoring insurance to individual needs and budgets. In November 2021, they secured a record-breaking $105 million in Series A funding, making them one of the nation's top insurtech companies.
Furthermore, the company's key advantage lies in their vast dataset, exceeding $6 trillion in total insured value. This extensive data, larger than any other insurtech, empowers Slide to make well-informed underwriting decisions and offer a wide range of homeowner insurance options. Slide's innovative approach and strategic partnerships position them at the forefront of insurance technology.
NetWolves, founded in 1998 with strong roots in network security and software development, is a proven Managed Network Provider (MNP) offering an innovative approach to Enterprise IT. They bring a fresh perspective to the tech landscape with proprietary tools, a skilled team, and tailored processes that provide a personalized view of your IT ecosystem. What sets them apart is their commitment to being your partner, not just a vendor. They craft customized solutions based on your specific business needs.
It is worthy to note that NetWolves offers consolidated secure network services from over 150 leading telecom companies, including design, network redundancy, application device management, real-time monitoring, reporting, and professional services – all on a single invoice. They function as an outsourced IT department, carrier, and software developer wrapped into one, offering a flexible, proactive approach that adapts to your evolving business, IT, and budget requirements. In a rapidly changing IT landscape, NetWolves is your go-to source for efficient and cost-effective multi-network solutions.
StaffChase, a global offshore recruitment company, empowers businesses by building effective workforces. Established in February 2020 in Ahmedabad with its headquarters in Tampa, Florida, StaffChase has rapidly become one of the fastest-growing offshore recruiting agencies. Their services, including Resume Sourcing, Candidate Screening, Full Recruitment Support, and Administrative Services, deliver tangible results and have a global reach, benefitting staffing organizations worldwide.
In just two years, StaffChase has grown from a small team of two individuals to a force of over 100 experienced professionals. They serve more than 50 clients and have successfully placed 500+ employees. StaffChase values teamwork, shared success, and joint celebrations. They are the go-to partner for businesses seeking to elevate their recruitment efforts.
25. Wilson & Girgenti
Wilson & Girgenti is a diversified design engineering and consulting firm founded in 2005 by Todd Wilson, PE, and Joe Girgenti, PE, in Tampa, Florida. They've since expanded to six office locations nationwide, offering structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design services. In 2020, the company expanded its expertise to include structural and fire protection divisions, providing a complete design package.
The company’s comprehensive services, notably, cater to various commercial construction projects, including office buildings, hotels, restaurants, industrial facilities, healthcare, education, and mixed-use developments. In 2022, they introduced WG Build, a construction division specializing in HVAC, electric, and plumbing installation and service contracts for select commercial projects. Wilson & Girgenti's reputation for delivering high-quality design and construction services has established them as a trusted partner in the industry, serving diverse sectors and markets nationwide.