The mid-market—defined as companies with revenues between $100 million and $3 billion—continues to be commonly under-appreciated in the United States, even though it accounts for more than $5 trillion of the U.S. GDP and represents upwards of 40 million employees. This is where innovation meets scale. This is where entrepreneurs become executives. This is the source of a lot of our future growth.

Every year, at its Mid-Market Convention, CEO Connection honors the companies and leaders of the middle market. Four recent honorees include Insperity (Mid-Market Company of the Year), John Meyer (CEO of the Year), Dylan Taylor (Rising Star), Steve Bilt (Social Impact).

Insperity – Mid-Market Company of the Year

Insperity has a remarkable growth story—Paul J. Sarvadi, co-founder and CEO of this Houston-based provider of human resources and business solutions, has helped guide the company’s growth from a two-person shop with three clients in 1986 to a publicly traded company that earned $2.2 billion in revenue in 2012 and operates in 57 offices throughout the U.S. Insperity supports 100,000 business clients and their more than 2 million employees.

Sarvardi commented, “It is wonderful to be recognized by the Mid-Market Awards, and I am very proud of what it says about Insperity. In fact, all of our employees really earned this win.”


John Meyer – CEO of the Year

John A. Meyer, chief executive officer of work at home/virtual solutions company, Arise Virtual Solutions Inc., was honored for embodying the highest standards of leadership in both business and society. Meyer, with a little more than two years in the position, has already made a profound positive impact on Arise, driving growth, setting strategic vision and managing the global operations of the business.

It is a true honor to win this, and I am grateful to CEO Connection for recognizing what we’ve accomplished at Arise Virtual Solutions,” said Meyer.

Dylan Taylor – Rising Star

Dylan Taylor, chief executive officer of commercial property brokerage firm Colliers International’s Americas region, was recognized as the early-career mid-market executive who has demonstrated the greatest potential for leadership and lasting impact in the Mid-Market through his professional accomplishments, his commitment to society and his potential to impact the world through inspiring leadership. In his position, he oversees operations in more than 200 offices in 10 countries, with more than 7,000 employees and revenues of close to $1 billion.

Said Taylor, “I’m fortunate to be able to work with some of the best and brightest in our industry—and for the team to be recognized for the work we do is very satisfying.”


Steve Bilt – Social Impact

Steve Bilt, president and chief executive officer of Smile Brands, Inc., the largest provider of support services to general and multi-specialty dental groups in the U.S. was signaled out for his impact in public service, social enterprise and/or philanthropy. Bilt has headed up the company’s Smiles for Everyone Foundation since its launch in 2005.

My work with the Smiles for Everyone Foundation is personally fulfilling at a level that’s hard to describe,” explained Bilt. “I am very lucky to be involved with such a worthwhile cause; being recognized for this work is icing on the cake.”


Implications For You

Ken Beck, chief executive officer, CEO Connection said “It is gratifying to honor the stars of the middle market every year, because they are so often overlooked in our business environment.”  Nominations for this year’s awards are due this coming week. Follow this link to call attention to those you think deserve to be honored as company of the year, CEO of the year, rising star or for their social impact.

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