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50 Smartest Companies of the Year 2017

50 Smartest Companies of the Year 2017


Company Management Description
Sun coast Resources
Kathy Lehne
Founder & CEO
Sun Coast Resources, Inc., has been in business for over 30 years, owns and operates 17 offices located in Texas, Louisiana, and  Oklahoma. Sun Coast currently has over 1300 employees. Sun Coast’s product line includes a wide array of petroleum products including gasoline, diesel fuel, marine diesel, jet fuel, avgas, kerosene, DEF and a full line of Chevron lubricants and many other name brand lubrication products. We purchase our fuel directly from major refiners, with delivery to our customers in our proprietary fleet of trucks in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
Subhash Makhija, CEO GEP helps global enterprises operate more efficiently and effectively, gain competitive advantage, boost profitability, and maximize business and shareholder value. Fresh thinking, innovative products, unrivaled domain and subject expertise, and smart, passionate people – this is how GEP creates and delivers unified business solutions of unprecedented scale, power and effectiveness. With 14 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Clark, New Jersey-based GEP helps enterprises worldwide realize their strategic, operational and financial objectives. 
Canon Business Process Services
Joe Marciano,
President, and CEO
Canon Business Process Services, Inc. offers a comprehensive portfolio of managed services and technology across information and document management, business process outsourcing and managed workforce services. The company helps clients improve operational business performance while reducing costs and risks. Named a Global Outsourcing 100 Leader in 2017 by IAOP for the eleventh year; Canon Business Process Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. 
Elan Moriah,
With Verint solutions and value-added services, organizations of all sizes and across many industries can make more informed, timely, and effective decisions. Today, over 10,000 organizations in more than 180 countries, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 100, use Verint solutions to optimize customer engagement and make the world a safer place. Verint delivers its Actionable Intelligence solutions through two operating segments: Customer Engagement Solutions™ and Cyber Intelligence Solutions™.

Pratul Shroff,
Founder & CEO

eInfochips is a product engineering and software R&D services company with over 20 years of experience, 500+ product developments, and over 40M deployments in 140 countries. Today, 60% of our revenues come from Fortune 500 companies and 80% from solutions around connected devices. From silicon to embedded systems to software, we map the journey of our customers from design & development to deployment & sustenance. We have the expertise and experience to deliver complex, critical, and connected products across multiple domains, for projects as small as a one-time app development to a complete turnkey product design. 
Geo Janssens, CEO Since 1994, JONCKERS has been a leading force in translation services and localization technologies, supporting top international brands in developing their message and global presence with speed and efficiency. The service offerings cover everything required for you to reach your international audience. Whether you need word for word translation, multimedia localization or accredited translators and trans-creative consultants, JONCKERS promises a full range of experts and tools, which can be customized to your specification.
Richard F. (Rick) Dauch, President & CEO  With headquarters in Evansville, Ind., USA, Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the global commercial vehicle industry. Its products include commercial vehicle wheels; and wheel-end components and assemblies. The company’s products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Accuride Wheel End Solutions, Gianetti Ruote®, Gunite®, and KIC®
IMAC Regeneration Centers
Dr. Matt Wallis, Founder IMAC Regeneration Centers’ innovative solutions for chronic pain and other health conditions, without surgery or prescription pain medication, have captured the attention of people throughout the United States, some willing to travel thousands of miles for treatment. The synergistic combination of stem cells, platelet-rich-plasma, physical therapy and chiropractic pioneered by IMAC physicians has resulted in not only the incredible repair of damage and disease, but also has been recognized as the best potential option in preventing opioid addiction.  
Exchange Solutions
Mike Hughes
Co-CEO and COO
Exchange Solutions offers innovative customer engagement and loyalty products that maximize customer lifetime value, customer satisfaction, and profitability. The company's advanced customer engagement programs use data-driven, personalized incentives to drive valuable customer behaviors, while optimizing marketing spend. Its cloud-based platform permits rapid implementation in all channels, in real-time, customized to each client’s needs. Its proprietary approach and in-market experience deliver quicker results, better ROI, and deeper customer engagement than traditional promotional or loyalty programs.
Ruggero Gramatica, Founder and CEO Using cutting-edge computational linguistics and machine learning technology, Yewno has transformed millions of articles and books into a network of connected concepts and documents. Yewno’s next-generation technology utilizes algorithms to mimic the way an inference is formed in the human brain when concepts are connected.  Researchers and students can navigate this network visually. They’ll find correlations they didn't even know existed - it’s a new way to discover.
Dr. Pehong Chen, Chairman, President, and CEO Since the dawn of the Web, BroadVision has been a global leader in providing organizations with the rules, tools and infrastructure for doing business on the Web. Vmoso is the mobile-centric platform that maximizes individual and organizational productivity. It is where knowledge management meets mobile collaboration and engagement. Vmoso is an open platform that allows you to conduct all of your communication and collaboration in one place, with co-workers, customers and partners while capturing knowledge at the source, while you work – in real time.
Thomas Erickson
Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Forward-thinking organizations rely on Acquia to transform the way they can engage with customers - in a personal and contextual way, across every device and channel. Acquia provides the agility organizations need to embrace new digital business models and speed innovation and time to market. With Acquia, thousands of customers globally including the BBC, Cisco, Stanford University, and the Australian Government are delivering digital experiences with transformational business impact.
One Source The Background
Check Company
Nick Jasa, CEO One Source The Background Check Company headquartered in Omaha, NE has over 30 years of background screening experience. An accredited background screening company, we screen over 150,000 applicants every year with over 95% of the work being completed in 48 hours. All reports come with our 100% guarantee and you are never locked into a long term contract.
Mike Stougiannos,
Qoobex is the first open Global 3D VR Network to distribute entertainment, education, and advertising content, as well as social and gaming content, entirely in 3D VR over the ‘Cloud’. Consumers enjoy free and paid 3D VR videos, movies, and live events. Qoobex brings together content providers, movie and game studios, advertisers, and retailers and connects them with the rapidly expanding mass market of 3D VR end users across the world.
Kagiso Interactive
Privenesh Christie Reddy, CEO, and Founder Kagiso Interactive is a leading, Durban based, web and mobile applications development agency. The company believes in providing forward thinking creative solutions that yield exceptional results. With a solid approach to planning, realistic implementation and value, it delivers customized, results-driven programs to achieve  clients’ specific marketing goals.
Peter Mockler, Managing Partner BearingPoint provides a unique Big Data and advanced analytics platform that offers cutting-edge machine-learning algorithms, including HyperCube, our own proprietary algorithm. The platform enables the upload of big datasets and offers all the options required for data management, data visualization and both predictive and prescriptive advanced analytics.
Cambria Solutions,Inc.
Robert Rodriguez, CEO & Founder Cambria Solutions, Inc. is a national information technology and management consulting firm headquartered in Sacramento, California. The company builds custom-tailored solutions helping clients successfully deliver their most important projects and solve their most difficult challenges using ingenuity and a distinctly humanized approach, something we like to call HumanGenuity™.
JW Epply, CEO provides global banking solutions, advanced gateway technology and proprietary risk management services to online merchants worldwide. Leveraging its vast network of domestic and international banking relationships, specializes in placing merchant accounts for cutting-edge merchants.'s state-of-the-art gateway platform enables merchants to route transactions strategically, submit authorizations quickly and process payments reliably.  
Ralph Steffens, CEO At Truphone, we’re changing the way the world communicates – and, in doing so, creating a whole new set of possibilities. The company believes in a world without borders. In connecting people and things. Without limits. It’s why Truphone became the world’s first unified global mobile network, pushing the boundaries of technology. And pioneering one global SIM that instantly becomes local wherever you go.
Peer Ledger
Dawn Jutla, CEO and
Peer Ledger creates and distributes blockchain applications that improve the human condition. Specifically, The company uses state-of-the-art blockchain technologies to ensure the highest level of identity and access solutions, and responsible supply chain solutions available today. Catering to high-assurance industries like healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance, and precious metals, its solutions strengthen identity and corporate social responsibility for the benefit of mankind.
SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc
Massimo Barone, Chairman & CEO At SmartCard Marketing Systems Inc., its team has over 30 years of Payment solutions expertise. Over the years it has developed proprietary solutions for Web, Mobile and Peripherals. Its team of advisors and partners delivers from Concept to End2End payment certification for commercial rollout. It has an extensive experience with the major card schemes both Issuing & Acquiring.
Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO BlueSnap provides an All-in-one Payment Platform designed to accelerate commerce for B2B and B2C businesses. Its Platform supports online and mobile sales, marketplaces, subscriptions, invoice payments and manual orders through a virtual terminal. With a single-integration to its Platform you can accept any payment with ease. The Platform includes access to 100 payment types, including popular e-wallets, built-in world class fraud prevention to protect your sales and detailed analytics to help you grow your business. 
Sovereign Lending Group
Joseph Pirro, CEO & founder Sovereign Lending Group stands for the people making their American Dream a reality. More than just another mortgage originator, Sovereign has developed a trustworthy, high-touch process that considers the unique case of every loan applicant and ensures they get the level of attention they deserve. This principle is exemplified in its work with those who have served America. Here, and with every client, Sovereign easily goes the extra mile — because its clients already have.
ACI Clinical
Dr. Jonathan Seltzer
ACI Clinical provides advisory services to solve complex issues in clinical research. It specializes in clinical and safety consulting, including full service Endpoint Adjudication Committees and Data Monitoring Committees. By leveraging its in-house experts and biostatistical staff with its global network of over 400 medical experts, ACI Clinical is able to provide its clients with high-value solutions that enhance trial integrity and prepare client data for publication, submission, and approval.
CoreAxis Consulting
Mark Zides, Founder & CEO CoreAxis helps organizations grow by optimizing their most valuable asset - their employees. In partnership with business leaders and executives, CoreAxis custom talent development programs optimize processes and drive organizational growth. Its philosophy is to deliver innovative, creative content using itsunique combination of practical and pragmatic business performance consulting. Its eLearning frameworks are designed to transform information into highly engaging and interactive learning content that enables learners to apply best practices to the world in which they work every day.
Rockwell Shah, President 4PatientCare is a patient engagement solution designed to streamline the day-to-day operations of medical practices. With its real-time web scheduler at its heart, 4PatientCare allows practices to fill their schedules automatically, reduce their no-show rates, and build their online web presence; all while minimizing staff time, optimizing office efficiency, and increasing revenue. Appointments are booked and confirmed without any staff involvement required, and automated communications ensure that patients arrive at their appointment on time and prepared.
Kermit Macaulay
Founder &
HTG is a premier, single source IT solutions provider specializing  in nationwide technology deployments, system conversions/refresh projects, remote site shutdowns and secure asset disposition. Project expertise includes  POS systems, kiosk/locker deployments, m2m, Windows upgrades and more. 
Michel Poignant
Founder & CEO
PAYTOO® is a brand of PAYTOO Corp., a US organization founded in 1999. Since 2004, PAYTOO has offered mobile phone solutions, VoIP, prepaid cards, and secured e-commerce payment transaction solutions. After five years of development, PAYTOO launched the first mobile solution to combine telecommunications and payments with one single account. This global platform is called the PAYTOO Mobile Wallet™.
Paul Farmer, Founder Famhost enables you to run your business from anywhere with a family of integrated or standalone business applications. Use any device, from anywhere, any time. Options include automatic caller-id popup of customer history. One click scheduling. Integrated web based eScheduling by customer, GPS enhanced dispatching, tracking and navigation. Customer management, invoicing, contracts, proposals.
Openwave Mobility
John Giere, President & CEO Openwave Mobility empowers mobile operators to manage and monetize video traffic using the industry’s most scalable, Layer7 SDN/NFV platform. Openwave Mobility delivers Video Optimization, Subscriber Data Management and Targeted Ad Insertion. Together these eliminate RAN congestion, maximize value from subscriber data and create new revenue opportunities. Openwave Mobility delivers over 40 billion transactions daily and over half a billion subscribers worldwide use data services powered by its solutions.
Martina King, CEO Featurespace is the world leader in Adaptive Behavioural Analytics – machine learning software to monitor every individual customer in real-time and predict what they’re going to do next. Its unique ARIC engine has many applications and is having huge impact on fraud prevention and customer management. Organisations and merchants in Financial Services, Insurance and Gaming are using Featurespace to catch more fraud, accept more transactions and reduce headcount needed to deal with alerts.
Gap Systems
Paul Goldberg
Founder & CEO
Smartflow proactively manages Marketing, New Product Development and Artwork Approval Processes. All of its clients have the same goal of getting product to market in the most cost and time efficient way. Smartflow has been developed to intuitively deliver projects to achieve this goal. Smartflow provides you with the ability to readily identify process improvements and a platform to be able to react quickly to market changes by working collaboratively across multiple business disciplines both internally and externally.
Global Thermostat
Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky
CEO and Co-Founder
The catastrophic risks of climate change require a fundamental transformation in the production and use of energy. Global Thermostat (GT) was formed in 2006 to develop and commercialize a unique technology for the direct capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and other sources. Our unique process cogenerates carbon capture and power.
Alan Neilson, Founder
and Executive Chairman 
At VerseOne, we believe in combining innovative web technologies and beautifully crafted web-based solutions with a unique creative flair that move and inspire people. Its talented team apply their deep market knowledge to build powerful web applications and supply unique creative and digital services to its customers. Combined with robust, collaborative project processes, it gives its customers the tools to create personalised content targeted at the people who matter the most—their own customers and employees.
Yuji Takada, CEO At RunMyProcess we love to solve digital problems. Small ones, big ones – we honestly don’t mind. We believe that digital connections between people, software and devices can lead to wonderful new ideas – and open up new ways of looking at previously intractable business and social problems.

That’s why we’re passionate about solving digital problems and helping enterprises evolve using the power of connected technology. We want to help our customers make the world a better place, one rapid solution at a time.
Back At You Media
Michael Glazer, Co-Founder and CEO Back At You Media is an enterprise SaaS company focused on the real estate industry. Its world-class marketing software offers what is arguably the most innovative custom content and lead generation platform in the industry, if not the world. As such, the company was selected by the National Association of Realtors, the largest trade association in the world, as a Top Technology Innovator and part of the NAR Reach Accelerator Class of 2014.
HAWK Network Defense
David Harris, CEO HAWK Defense offers, the first true multi-tenant, cloud-based BDSA platform. provides leading edge BDSA functionality for an affordable subscription-based pricing model. is designed to have fast and simple onboarding of users and devices helping customers avoid lengthy, expensive deployments and results in rapid time-to-value.
Jeremy Almond
CEO and
PayStand is the modern B2B payment platform enabling 0% bank-to-bank transactions. Business payments should be as easy and seamless as paying with a credit card, but without the costly fees. PayStand makes it easy to add a secure, unique payment gateway to your invoicing system or website, customized with your branding. Let your customers pay you online and from their smartphone via eCheck, eCash, paper check via photo check capture, and credit cards using the PayStand card reader.
Luxer One
Arik Levy
CEO & Founder
At Luxer One, we’re committed to making life simpler by automating package acceptance and completely solving the package problem. Whether it’s last mile delivery at multifamily properties and offices, or click & collect orders in retail, we are dedicated to finding the best solution for our customers.
Robo Rewards
Jonathan Ingram, Founder & CEO RoboRewards offers loyalty program solutions custom tailored to each business. RoboRewards has multiple reward program solutions including Single-level reward programs, Multi-level reward programs, VIP reward programs, E-commerce reward programs, and SPIFF reward programs. In addition, RoboRewards software’s offered as a White Label Business in a Box. White Labelers have the opportunity to brand RoboRewards rewards in their business name. RoboRewards hosts the software and manages all updates. White labelers deal directly with clients and retain ownership of all customer data.
Abhijit Shanbhag, President and CEO Graymatics,Inc  is an artificial intelligence company that classifies images and videos to provide customer centric solutions. Graymatics cloud platform provide solutions to security providers, retailers , publishers, ad networks and other service providers globally.
Benchmark Intelligence
Eric Santos, CEO & co-founder Benchmark’s product suite helps restaurant and retail chains analyze why certain locations perform better than others by collecting customer data in a variety of ways including social media listening, mobile text messaging comments, surveys and field audits. Benchmark discovers the factors (customer service, product quality, cleanliness, etc.) that affect unit performance. We then surface actionable insights to retail chain back office that they can use to improve the customer experience across their portfolio of locations.
My Cloud Grocer
Yehuda Vernik, Founder and CTO Dan Dashevsky, Founder and COO My Cloud Grocer provides comprehensive end-to-end e-grocery solution, from the customers’ shopping experience and the store’s selection of the items in their order through payment processing, logistics and delivery. The platform is designed for supermarkets to quickly integrate their brick and mortar stores into an online environment.
Talal Choucair, CEO MyQuickCloud gives you the power to create and host your own company cloud. Simple to install and easy to use, it provides you and your team with remote access to desktops from any device, anywhere, anytime. Virtual desktops can be accessed by phone, tablet or home PC, wherever you are – in just 2 clicks.
Rize Inc.
Eugene Giller, Founder Rize is a Boston, USA-based, next-generation additive manufacturing company dedicated to sustainable innovation. Rize™ One, our first commercial product, is a breakthrough in 3D printing, combining two discrete technologies, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Piezo Jetting, for the first time in a single printer to produce parts with the highest isotropic strength, enabling companies to sustainably deliver a vast range of custom and replacement manufacturing parts.
QC Manufacturing
Dane Stevenson QC Manufacturing, Inc. is the manufacturer of QuietCool whole house fan and ventilation systems based in Temecula, CA. QuietCool fans are the world's most quiet and energy-efficient whole house fan systems saving up to 90% off your A/C related energy costs.
Alex Maniatopoulos, CEO Yodiwo is an Internet of Things Technology Enabler with a unique framework for bridging things and applications over the cloud. Based on a highly diverse team of veterans in the wireless industry and cloud computing, the company provides vertical services comprising integration of yodiwo technology with network devices, cloud services with support for social network plug-ins, development of end-user applications and service integration with enterprise management systems. 
Linius Technologies Limited
Chris Richardson, CEO Linus' Technologies Ltd is set to revolutionise the world of video. Linius' Video Virtualization Engine™ has cracked the code of content intelligence and created the next evolution of video streaming. We transform cumbersome, static video files into agile, dynamic files that can be easily manipulated on the fly, in order to deliver an enhanced, custom experience for both broadcasters and end-users in any way imaginable, and some as yet to be imagined.
Reddy Marri
President & CEO
Axxera’s proprietary technology platform provides a fully scalable and extensible monitoring and protection solution for today’s complex electronic enterprise. Its vendor-neutral solution supports all major security products. Its technology collects data, normalizes it, and gives its industry leading Security analysts analyze the tools they need to actively interpret and address all security data from your entire network.
All Aces Promotional Staffing
Lauren Raimondi, Owner All Aces Promotional Staffing is a full-service event staffing agency specializing in experiential events and conventions throughout North America and Europe. The company works with top marketing, media, and advertising agencies, PR firms, and distributors to create positive brand experiences with target consumers by allowing people to see, feel, and create lasting memories with brands and products.  Its staffing capabilities include mobile marketing tour staff, event management, brand ambassadors, hospitality staff, samplers, greeters and registration, production assistants, emcees, dancers, costume characters, and more!