ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 25, 2016) — Inc. Magazine has recognized Kobie Marketing, a leading marketing services and technology provider, as one of the fastest growing private companies for the seventh year in a row. The company ranked No. 2262 in the 2016 Inc. 5000 list, boasting revenue growth of 161 percent growth over the preceding three-year period.
Published every year since 1982, the Inc. 5000 list maintains a comprehensive database of America’s fastest-growing companies which it ranks by percentage growth over a three-year period. Kobie has held a spot on the list for the past seven years, and over its 26-year history, has posted a profit every year.
Kobie — which designs, develops and implements cutting-edge loyalty marketing programs for global brands — began as a two-person firm in 1990 and has added 340 new employees since first ranking on the Inc. 5000 list in 2010, with 239 new hires in the past three years alone.
“Kobie has humble roots, but our growth has been extraordinary,” said Bram Hechtkopf, CEO of Kobie Marketing. “We started out as a small family-owned business, and our vision and commitment to our clients and staff has allowed us to grow quickly. It is truly a privilege to lead Kobie Marketing through such an exciting time. As we continue to expand our team, adopt innovative technologies and partner with top thought leaders in the loyalty marketing field, we look forward to seeing our capabilities and client roster grow even more.”
Earlier this year, Florida Gov. Rick Scott highlighted Kobie’s expansive growth during his “Million, Billion Jobs Victory Tour” celebrating statewide job growth. The company plans to add 255 additional employees in the coming years and last year alone saw 75 new hires. Last month, the company opened a contact center, which is expected to create 100 new jobs by year-end.
About Kobie Marketing, Inc.
Kobie Marketing is a global leader in loyalty marketing and an industry pioneer, delivering end-to-end strategy, technology and program management solutions. For over 25 years, Kobie has provided innovative loyalty experiences to the world’s most successful brands, helping clients receive incremental revenue, product and household penetration, and brand advocacy. Kobie drives results and ROI through Kobie Alchemy®, a best-in-class loyalty marketing technology platform. To learn more, visit www.kobie.com.
About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.