OKC VeloCity | SJI awarded top honor at Metro 50 Awards

SJI awarded top honor at Metro 50 Awards

By Chamber Staff / Economy / October 3, 2017

SJI, Greater Oklahoma City's fastest-growing privately held company, made its first appearance on the Metro 50 list in 2017.

“Since SJ Innovations is a service business it’s really about providing a service that your customer views as a good value,” said Sacia Johnson, CEO of SJI. “Our success comes from sharing that simple principle with our employees, who in turn try to create a great value for the customer as well.”

SJ Innovations, LLC (SJI) was named the fastest-growing privately held company in the Greater Oklahoma City metro at the 2017 Metro 50 Awards. Nearly 700 attendees gathered to celebrate the 50 fastest-growing privately held companies in the region at the annual event, where WeGoLook and Monterey Construction received the second- and third-place awards.

SJI, which provides information systems and technical communications support, made its first appearance on the Metro 50 List this year after growing its revenues by more than 5,000 percent from 2014 to 2016. The company has 207 employees and is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

“Since SJ Innovations is a service business it’s really about providing a service that your customer views as a good value,” said Sacia Johnson, CEO of SJI. “Our success comes from sharing that simple principle with our employees, who in turn try to create a great value for the customer as well.”

From 2014 to 2016, WeGoLook has increased revenue by 862 percent and has added 101 jobs for a total of 116 team members.

With the second-fastest growth, WeGoLook is making its second appearance on the Metro 50 List. WeGoLook calls itself the “Uber of inspections” because it uses an on-demand workforce to gather and validate information. The company originally launched to give consumers more confidence in their online purchases but has since expanded to include business-to-business applications. From 2014 to 2016, WeGoLook has increased revenue by 862 percent and has added 101 jobs for a total of 116 team members.

“I attribute our success to our team,” said Robin Smith, CEO of WeGoLook. “WeGoLook is a pioneer in the sharing economy, but we wouldn’t be successful in changing the way the world works without our amazing team making it happen.”

Monterey Construction increased revenues by 721 percent from 2014 to 2016, making it the third-fastest growing privately held company in the Oklahoma City region. 

Third-place winner Monterey Construction, who increased revenues by 721 percent from 2014 to 2016, has revolutionized the custom home building process by pioneering a new custom construction model that allows their customers to consistently earn five figures in new equity building the home of their dreams. Monterey Construction has also been recognized as one the fastest-growing companies in the country by Inc. Magazine.

“In addition to providing one of the strongest and most stable economic environments in the nation, the culture of OKC is ideal for our business style,” said Chris Edwards, president of Monterey Construction. “People are what matter most and what we do best, and the residents of OKC value and emphasize one another more than just about anywhere else I’ve ever been.”

Of the 50 winners, 32 of them had appeared on the Metro 50 list at least once in previous years. With its eighth appearance on the list, AtLink Services, LLC, is this year’s Metro 50 Sustainer, a designation that celebrates winners who have appeared on the list at least seven times in the past 10 years.

Metro 50 is sponsored by American Fidelity Assurance Company/INSURICA, Bank of Oklahoma, Cox Business, EY, Express Employment Professionals, The Journal Record Publishing Company, OGE Energy Corp. and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

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