BigSpeak’s Hyper-growth Bumps the Company 613 Spots on the Inc. 5000
For the fifth year in a row, BigSpeak Speakers Bureau has made the Inc. 5000—an exclusive list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. Magazine. The annual list represents the most comprehensive look at America’s top independent entrepreneurs. In the 37th annual edition of the list, BigSpeak has moved up 613 spots to No. 2296.
BigSpeak shows no signs of slowing down and aims to emulate the success of industry giants who gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000, like Microsoft, Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Vizio, Patagonia, Dell, Chobani, LinkedIn, Zillow, Oracle, Intuit and Zappos.
BigSpeak began in CEO Jonathan Wygant’s garage two decades ago and has seen extreme hyper-growth in the last six years. Known as the business speakers bureau, BigSpeak impacts thousands of companies and individuals each year with the spread of transformational messages. Wygant founded BigSpeak to address the unfulfilled need to provide top thought leaders, keynote speakers, and professional development programs that are uniquely customized to each client’s specific requirements.
This Inc. 5000 award is the sixth win for Wygant, whose previous company, Iris Arc Crystal, was ranked 281 in the Inc. 500. President Barrett Cordero and EVP Ken Sterling have been at the helm of the tremendous growth, focusing on client consultation, speaker representation, key investments, disruptive innovations and providing an exceptional work environment.
Within the last year, BigSpeak has shifted its internal structure to accommodate hyper-growth. The company created a new department focused on retaining the top talent across every industry with Blair Nicholas leading the team as Talent and Partner Relations Manager. In addition, BigSpeak has added a managerial level of talent to prepare for future growth.
Cordero says, “We believe Culture matters more than Structure. However, the structure of a team still matters! Promoting from our internal talent to a managerial level has helped us manage the chaos of change and growth while assuring our execution remains consistent, and most importantly, our people get opportunities to show leadership within their department.”
BigSpeak attracts the top advisors and operations team members with its core values that are demonstrated throughout the entire organization. Team members also enjoy flex-schedules, remote work, pet and child-friendly offices, HSA/FSA health plans, a pension plan, profit-sharing, and off-site team-building trips.
Jessica Welch is the Content Marketing Associate at BigSpeak Speakers Bureau, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Anthropology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her business thought articles often appear on Business 2 Community, Born 2 Invest, and YF Entrepreneurs.