Grand Valley businesses rank among fastest-growing and top minority owned firms

Two Grand Junction companies continue to rank among the fastest-growing firms in the nation as well as the top minority and women-owned businesses in the state.

JG Management Systems and Rocky Mountain Sanitation are included in the 2011 Inc. magazine listing of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. JG Management Systems and Rocky Mountain Sanitation also are included in the latest Colorado Biz magazine listing of the top 50 minority and women-owned firms in the state.

Inc. magazine has compiled a list of the 500 fastest-growing companies for nearly 30 years and expanded the list to 5,000 four years ago. The rankings are based on the percentage of revenue growth over the past three years. A total of 144 Colorado companies made the 2011 list and 14 ranked among the top 500.

Jerome Gonzales

JG Management Systems, a 10-year-old firm that offers a wide range of management and consulting services, ranks 4,309th in the Inc. listing. Annual revenue for the company increased 23 percent between 2007 and 2010 — from $6 million to $7.4 million. During that same span, staffing grew from 39 to 73.

The firm has been included in the list in four out of the past five years, making the Inc. 500 at 343rd in its first appearance in 2007.

 Colorado Biz magazine has compiled a list of the top 50 minority and women-owned businesses in the state for 17 years. The listing takes into account gross revenues, staffing and years in business.

JG Management Systems ranks 19th in the 2011 list. The firm reported a 23 percent increase in gross revenue from 2009 to 2010. The company has made the list for the last five years.

 Jerome Gonzales founded JG Management Systems in 2001, drawing on his experiences working for the Energy Department to secure contracts with a variety of government agencies. Today, the firm serves government and private-sector clients nationwide with services that range from engineering analysis and design to facility assessments to project and program management.

Gonzales measures success in terms of not only doing well, but also doing good — donating a portion of profits to charitable organizations and giving staff paid time off for community service.


Lisa Mullen

Rocky Mountain Sanitation, a 14-year-old company that offers trash removal services to residential and commercial customers, came in at 4,973rd in the 2011 Inc. listing. The business also ranked 82nd among firms in the environmental services industry that made the listing.

Rocky Mountain Sanitation reported 3 percent growth in annual revenue between 2007 and 2010 — from $2.9 million to $3 million. The company has increased staffing from 4 to 20 over that time.

The firm has made the Inc. 5000 listing five consecutive years, the highest ranking coming in 2009 at 4,196th.

Rocky Mountain Sanitation ranked 32nd on the 2011 list with a 11 percent increase in gross revenues. The firm has made the list for the past three years.

Lisa and Loren Mullen founded Rocky Mountain Sanitation in 1997 with two trucks and one employee. Today, the company operates 16 trucks and employs a staff of 20 in serving 10,000 customers.

Lisa Mullen attributed that growth to customer service. “It’s about hard work and the persistence of our employees, who continually focus on bringing value to our customers,” she said. “It’s our goal to connect with our customers every day. It’s very easy when you’re dedicated to growing the business and making a difference in our customer’s life.”