21 DFW Companies Make Texas A&M’s Aggie 100 List

The Aggie 100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses around the world.

Aggie 100

With 21 businesses recognized, Dallas-Fort Worth is home to more than 20 percent of the businesses that made this year’s Aggie 100 list.

The Aggie 100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses around the world. It was created by the Mays Business School’s McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University, which provides encouragement, education, networking, and assistance to students, faculty, and Texas businesses that have an entrepreneurial mindset.

The center solicits nominations for the list from the across the globe via the Aggie Network.

At No. 13, the highest-ranked DFW company is Dallas startup Modern Message — the youngest DFW company on the list. In June, Dallas Innovates reported the startup had garnered a $2 million Series A investment for expansion of its team and apartment engagement platform that allows apartment complexes larger than 100 units to engage with their residents through a community rewards program.

“The industry is really embracing it, so we see a lot of growth coming,” Modern Message CEO and founder John Hinckley told D CEO.

Here are other DFW-related highlights from the list:

The year 2011 was a good year for Aggies to found companies in DFW, with six being created in that year, including two of the top three —  No. 15 Elite Fulfillment Solutions and No. 19 Bison Coolers.

The oldest DFW company on the list is Guardian Services, which was founded in 1975.

Here’s the list of 21 DFW companies in the Aggie 100:

Rank 13

Growth Rate: 79 percent
Company Name: Modern Message
Leadership: Michael Ivey, president and founder 
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 2012*
Industry: Software


Rank 15

Growth Rate: 70 percent
Company Name: Elite Fulfillment Solutions
Leadership: Jeff Sampson, vice president of client services, owner, and founder
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 2011
Industry: Logistics & Transportation

Rank 19

Growth Rate: 60 percent
Company Name: Bison Coolers LLC
Leadership: Jeremy Denson, president and co-owner
City: North Richland Hills
Date Founded: 2011
Industry: Consumer Products

Rank 24

Growth Rate: 54 percent
Company Name: parmadesign
Leadership: Kevin Parma, president, owner, and founder
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 2004
Industry: Architecture

Rank 26

Growth Rate: 53 percent
Company Name: Encore Mechanical LLC
Leadership: John Reynal, president, owner, founder; Beverly Schleiffer Reynal, vice president and owner
City: Southlake
Date Founded: 2006
Industry: Construction

Rank 29

Growth Rate: 52 percent
Company Name: TruEnergy
Leadership: Danny Jester, president, CEO, and founder
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 2009
Industry: Energy

Rank 34

Growth Rate: 48 percent
Company Name: LiquidAgents Healthcare, LLC
Leadership: Jenny Hanlon, CFO, owner, and founder
City: Plano
Date Founded: 2003
Industry: Health

Rank 35

Growth Rate: 46 percent
Company Name: Broadleaf Commerce
Leadership: Brian Polster, CEO, president, owner, and founder
City: Plano
Date Founded: 2009
Industry: Software

Rank 36

Growth Rate: 45 percent
Company Name: Excel Roofing & Construction
Leadership: Bradley Corbin, president, owner, and founder; Chelsea Corbin, owner
City: Fort Worth
Date Founded: 2003
Industry: Construction

Rank 39

Growth Rate: 42 percent
Company Name: Elevate Brand Marketing
Leadership: Jeff Sampson, president, owner, and founder
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 2009
Industry: Advertising & Marketing

Rank 40

Growth Rate: 41 percent
Company Name: 5
Leadership: Jeff Schiefelbein, chief culture officer, owner, and founder; Josh Coleman, COO, owner, and founder
City: Irving
Date Founded: 2011
Industry: Energy

Rank 46

Growth Rate: 38 percent
Company Name: C1 Insurance Group
Leadership: Stephen Franke, vice president and founder; Justin Trail, board member and owner; Chris Austin, board member, founder, and partner
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 2011
Industry: Insurance

Rank 48

Growth Rate: 37 percent
Company Name: Country Creek Animal Hospital
Leadership: Daryl Mensik, veterinarian and owner; Lollie Mensik, veterinarian and owner
City: McKinney
Date Founded: 2011
Industry: Business Products

Rank 49

Growth Rate: 37 percent
Company Name: Belle Firma
Leadership: Kori Haug, president, owner, and founder
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 2011
Industry: Architecture

Rank 50

Growth Rate: 36 percent
Company Name: Peinado Construction
Leadership: Frank “Teddy” Peinado, president, owner, and founder
City: Frisco
Date Founded: 2004
Industry: Construction

Rank 57

Growth Rate: 34 percent
Company Name: MYCON General Contractors
Leadership: Charles Myers, CEO, owner, and founder
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 1987
Industry: Construction

Rank 62

Growth Rate: 32 percent
Company Name: VLK Architects, Inc.
Leadership: Leesa Vardeman, partner and owner
City: Fort Worth
Date Founded: 1984
Industry: Architecture

Rank 64

Growth Rate: 32 percent
Company Name: Steele & Freeman Inc.
Leadership: Michael Freeman, owner
City: Fort Worth
Date Founded: 1979
Industry: Construction

Rank 65

Growth Rate: 31 percent
Company Name: Guardian Services
Leadership: Brett Muller, CEO, president, and owner
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 1975
Industry: Commercial Services

Rank 75

Growth Rate: 29 percent
Company Name: Service Nation Inc.
Leadership: Matt Michel, chairman, CEO, and president
City: Flower Mound
Date Founded: 2002
Industry: Business Products

Rank 81

Growth Rate: 28 percent
Company Name: The Sourcing Solution
Leadership: Jeff Sampson, vice president of client services, owner, and founder
City: Dallas
Date Founded: 2010
Industry: Manufacturing

Source: Texas A&M Aggie 100, *Dallas Innovates Research

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