Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced today that the firm was recognized as a 2016 Zweig Group Hot Firm.
The multi-disciplined civil engineering and architecture firm, with nine offices in Michigan and Indiana including its headquarters in Grand Rapids, ranked 70th among the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada.
“It is great news and it’s quite a distinction to be recognized as a Hot Firm compared to our peers across the country,” said Larry Fleis, PE, president and co-founder of F&V.
F&V, which ranked fourth among Michigan-based firms, was the top-ranked Grand Rapids area firm.
F&V will be officially recognized at the Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., in September. As an award winner, F&V will also be highlighted in various articles in Zweig Group’s weekly management publication, The Zweig Letter.
Firms are ranked according to their three-year growth rate in gross revenue, with 50 percent of the ranking based on percentage growth and 50 percent based on dollar growth (for the years 2012 and 2015). Last year, F&V was just one place out of the top 100 rankings. In 2011, F&V was ranked 153rd.
“The award tells a lot of what we already know,” Fleis noted. “That we’ve been growing and growing fairly fast and that we are doing things right in getting grants and taking care of clients.”
Fleis said the firm, which is nearly 200 employees strong, will have to work hard to continue the growth trend.
“If we want to keep on this successful path, we need to keep taking care of every client,” Fleis added. “And we need to continue to attract top talent.”