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If you have the chance to speak with Sophisticated Systems (SSI) CEO, Dwight Smith, you’ll quickly find out that he values his people. Like many IT firms, the human capital part of the business is a critical one. Smith’s commitment to his employees is echoed in the fact that employee retention is high; some team members have been with him for almost 20 years. Beyond the SSI staff, a critical piece of the success of SSI—who saw enough significant growth to make the list in 2001 and continues to grow quickly enough to make this year’s list—has been the direction given by the board of directors. These pieces and strong client relationships are a winning combination in Columbus. The inner city has always been the right place for SSI, and the company is currently creating an innovation lab, which will support other entrepreneurs by helping them to “push the big bets.”

Company Information

Five-Year Growth Rate (%)137%
2015 Revenues ($M)$39.10
HQ Location
Columbus, OH
Business Leader(s)
Dwight Smith