For the fifth consecutive year, BigSpeak Speakers Bureau in Santa Barbara 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 aims to emulate the success of industry giants who gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000, such as 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 hypergrowth in the last six years. Known as the business speakers bureau, BigSpeak impacts thousands of companies and individuals 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 customized to each client’s specific requirements.
The 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 growth, focusing on client consultation, speaker representation, key investments, disruptive innovations and providing an exceptional work environment.
In the last year, BigSpeak has shifted its internal structure to accommodate hypergrowth. It 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. BigSpeak has added a managerial level of talent to prepare for future growth.
“We believe culture matters more than structure. However, the structure of a team still matters,” said Cordero. “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. 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 for BigSpeak.