SMU Cox Reveals Its 2020 Dallas 100 Rankings. Here Are the Fastest-Growing Entrepreneurial Businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth by Rank

Collectively, the 100 privately held companies contributed $6 billion to the Dallas-Fort Worth economy over three years.

Clavis Capital Partners, a private investment firm that operates and grows industrial businesses took the top spot in the annual rankings. Here's the complete list.

Private investment firm Clavis Capital Partners, which operates and grows U.S.-based industrial businesses, has been named the fastest-growing privately held company in the annual Dallas 100 ranking.

Ranked No. 1, the investment firm exceeded 1,000 percent growth over the last 3 years. That’s well beyond the collective average growth of this year’s 100 companies, which totaled average growth of 106 percent, according to the school.

Clavis Capital Partners calls its private equity model unique. Completely staffed by professionals with experience running industrial companies and deep domain expertise, the firm has the “capability to find hidden gems and see value where others can’t,” according to its bio on LinkedIn. The firm’s focus is on control equity buyouts for companies with $2 million to $20 million in EBITDA.

Coming in at No. 2 is Scout & Cellar. The direct-to-consumer maker of wine-based beverages, founded by former commercial litigator Sarah Shadonix, launched as a ‘clean-crafted’ wine club in 2017.

Shadonix sourced wine produced from fruit grown naturally without synthetic pesticides and vinified without modifications or added sugar. “It’s a movement as much as a business model,” said one consultant at the time.

With e-commerce booming during the pandemic, the pioneering startup introduced a new lower-alcohol alternative for cocktails, MIXABLES.

Ranking the fastest-growing entrepreneurial companies in DFW

For the past 30 years, the Dallas100 ranking by Southern Methodist University’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship has served as a way to celebrate the fastest growing companies in Dallas-Fort Worth.

This year’s Dallas 100 companies “basically doubled sales from 2017 to 2019,” according to the Caruth Institute. Collectively, all 100 companies generated more than $6 billion in revenue over the past three years. 

Clavis Capital Partners exceeded 1,000 percent growth over the last 3 years.

Companies are ranked by the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship on percentage growth and absolute dollar growth over the previous three years, with an emphasis on economic contributions to the Dallas-area economy. 

DFW “growth engines” contributed $6 billion and 6,000 jobs

The companies are growth engines for DFW, says Simon Mak, executive director of the Caruth Institute of Entrepreneurship, in a statement. “This year’s 100 companies created almost 6,000 jobs between them—about 600 jobs per company.”

“This year’s 100 companies created almost 6,000 jobs between them—about 600 jobs per company,” says Simon Mak.

The companies create thousands of jobs and pump “hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy year after year,” he says. “That’s exactly why we started this annual event 30 years ago: to call attention to the critical impact the entrepreneurial spirit makes on the Dallas economy.” 

This year, the area’s top entrepreneurial companies were revealed in rank order from 100 to one in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18. The event, which was live-streamed this year because of COVID-19, was facilitated by one of this year’s Dallas 100 honorees, business-to-business media provider MarketScale.   

Top 10 winners in the 2020 Dallas 100

The top 10 companies were given special recognition at the event:

  1. Clavis Capital Partners, an investment firm that focuses on manufacturers of industrial products;
  2. Scout & Cellar, a direct-to-consumer producer of wine-based beverages;
  3. Provident General Contractors, a project management firm specializing in multifamily and commercial construction;
  4. Tek Leaders Inc., business intelligence solutions provider;
  5. The Crowther Group, a general contractor in retail, healthcare, and education;
  6. Cloud Ingenuity, providers of multi-cloud, cybersecurity network modernization;
  7. Lurin, a real estate firm in the manufacturing sector;
  8. Compass Datacenters, providers of custom, move-in ready data centers;
  9. GridLiance, independent electricity transmission; and
  10. Improving, providers of software development, technology management consulting, and training services.

2020 Dallas 100 winners, ranked

This year’s winners represent Dallas and 14 area cities. Here’s the complete list of SMU Cox Dallas 100 companies for 2020, listed from one to 100:

Rank

Company Name

City

1

CLAVIS CAPITAL PARTNERS

Dallas

2

Scout & Cellar

Farmers Branch

3

Provident General Contractors

Dallas

4

Tek Leaders Inc

Plano

5

The Crowther Group

Dallas

6

Cloud Ingenuity

Carrollton

7

Lurin

Dallas

8

Compass Datacenters

Dallas

9

GridLiance

Irving

10

Improving

Plano

11

CONTI Organization

Dallas

12

o9 Solutions, Inc.

Dallas

13

Critical Start

Plano

14

PICKUP Now, Inc.

Plano

15

Newline Interactive

Plano

16

TrendHR

Rockwall

17

Imaginuity

Dallas

18

OTR: On The Rocks Premium Cocktails

Dallas

19

Allata

Dallas

20

Highlands Residential Mortgage

Dallas

21

CallBox Storage LLC.

Dallas

22

Dialexa

Dallas

23

Qentelli Solutions

Dallas

24

Online Rewards

Richardson

25

Pediatric Home Healthcare

Dallas

26

TBX

Plano

27

Apex Dental Partners

Dallas

28

Vista Bank

Dallas

29

Zimperium, Inc.

Dallas

30

BBG

Dallas

31

CommunityMed Urgent Care Systems LLC

Addison

32

Sealink International Inc

Plano

33

BravoTECH

Dallas

34

5

Irving

35

HomeVestors of America, Inc.

Dallas

36

Service Fusion

Irving

37

iiPay

Dallas

38

PROLIM Global Corporation

Plano

39

ResMan LLC

Plano

40

Techstar Consulting Inc

Irving

41

Akorbi

Plano

42

Golden Tree Restaurants LLC

Richardson

43

Geoforce

Plano

44

Publishing Concepts, LP

Dallas

45

REV Robotics

Carrollton

46

Vesuvius Holdings, LLC

Frisco

47

Pharmaceutical Strategies Group (PSG)

Plano

48

Platt Cheema Richmond, PLLC

Dallas

49

Asset Panda

Frisco

50

ParkHub

Dallas

51

JP and Associates Realtors 

Frisco

52

Wildcat Lending

Plano

53

Pursuit Sales Solutions

Dallas

54

Anserteam Workforce Alliance

Dallas

55

Universal Display & Fixtures Company

Lewisville

56

Utility Concierge

Dallas

57

Legacy ER & Urgent Care

Plano

58

PREMIER LOGITECH, LLC

Coppell

59

Nepris, Inc

Frisco

60

Emler Swim School

Dallas

61

Catalyst Health

Plano

62

Vinli, Inc

Dallas

63

Agency Partner Interactive

Addison

64

HealthMark Group

Dallas

65

M&H Property Tax Consultants, LLC

Dallas

66

TechGenies LLC

Richardson

67

PureWine Inc.

Grapevine

68

Elevate Brand Marketing

Dallas

69

Sendero

Dallas

70

STRAIT

Dallas

71

MarketScale

Dallas

72

INK+ORO

Dallas

73

Home Tax Solutions

Dallas

74

Earthworks, Inc

Lillian

75

Elite Fulfillment Solutions

Dallas

76

Mr. Electric of Dallas

Dallas

77

Tolleson Wealth Management

Dallas

78

TRIPBAM, Inc.

Dallas

79

ProVision Brokerage, LLC

Dallas

80

The Pet Loss Center

Irving

81

Anders Group

Irving

82

Seven Tablets, Inc.

Addison

83

Altruas

Dallas

84

GuideIT

Dallas

85

Robokind

Dallas

86

MedCore Partners, LLC

Dallas

87

Velo ITG Holdings, LLC

Dallas

88

Aerospace Quality Research & Development

Addison

89

Lone Star Analysis

Addison

90

ISHIR

Plano

91

Spotio, Inc.

Dallas

92

Sunwest Communications, Inc.

Dallas

93

MMC Group, LP

Irving

94

Nextgen Innovation Labs LLC

Frisco

95

Smart Business Concepts

Dallas

96

Appspace

Dallas

97

Emergicon LLC

Dallas

98

Signature Automation, LLC

Addison

99

Lifeblue

Plano

100

interRel Consulting Partners, LTD.

Arlington

                 

 

This year, The Caruth Institute worked with accounting firm BKD to examine sales from hundreds of companies for 2017 to 2019, which was the last year for available complete data. Company sponsors of the Dallas 100 program include BKD, Cushman & Wakefield, Mass Mutual DFW, and Texas Capital Bank.

SMU says the Caruth Institute plans to resume holding a traditional event to honor its 2021 Dallas 100 winners in November 2021, if COVID-19 protocols allow for a large-scale in-person gathering.   

Two city listings were updated on Feb. 19, 2021, at 10 a.m.: No. 59 Nepris is in Frisco, and No. 85 Robokind is in Dallas, per SMU COX. 

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