ATLANTA, Aug. 21, 2008 - LEVEL5, a consulting and facilities development firm specializing in financial institutions, today announced that it ranked 51st on the 2008 Inc. 500. The firm also ranked second in on both the Top 100 Construction Companies and Top 100 Businesses in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga. lists.
The list, which is measured by revenue growth from 2004 through 2007, is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.
"If you want to find out which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500," said Inc. Editor Jane Berentson. "These are the most innovative, dynamic, fast-growing companies in the nation - the ones coming up with solutions to some of our knottiest problems, creating systems that let us conduct business faster and easier, and manufacturing products we soon discover we can't live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. magazine's tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition."
Founded in 2003, LEVEL5 works exclusively with financial institutions across the U.S. to develop and implement growth strategies. The company is named after its five-step process that includes strategic consulting, real estate, integrated design, construction management and branding to ensure that financial institutions receive the maximum return on investment.
"Just as our end-to-end approach enables financial institutions to efficiently respond to changing conditions, our flexibility and steady growth has powered LEVEL5 to become the company it is today," said J.F. Kassler, president and CEO of LEVEL5. "This achievement of being recognized for our strong growth and success can be attributed to our highly experienced management team, as well as our unwavering commitment to provide clients with strategic, creative projects that meet their individual business goals."
The September issue of Inc. magazine and Inc.com also feature Kassler at his Newnan, Ga. ranch, The Oaks Farms, as part of a special report on the outside interests of five Inc. 500 entrepreneurs. Kassler cares for more than 500 cattle as part of his interest in cattle breeding.
The Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2004, 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. Revenue in 2004 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2007 must have been at least $2 million.