Award Presented by GrowFL, in Association with the Edward Lowe Foundation Honors Upcoming Second-Stage Businesses throughout Florida


(Sanford, Fla.) – August 20, 2014 – CSI Specialty Group is proud to be selected as one of fifty leading second-stage companies selected from more than 500 nominations statewide, as this year’s Florida Companies to WatchSM winners. All 2014 winners will join an esteemed group of 150 Florida alumni honored over the past three years.

Florida Companies to Watch Presented by GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:00 pm, Hard Rock Live, CityWalk in Orlando, Florida

Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.

“Florida Companies to Watch is honored to recognize another outstanding group of stage-two companies,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. This is our fourth year of celebrating second-stage business leaders throughout the state of Florida. The companies selected for the Florida Companies to Watch awards program stand out among their peers as companies that should be celebrated. In Florida, they account for 5 percent of the companies and nearly 30 percent of the jobs. These companies make a difference and we’re happy to offer the recognition they deserve.”

“We are so very honored to receive this distinctive award,” states Suzette DiMascio, Founder and CEO of CSI Specialty Group. “ The real recipients of this award should be our amazing clients that we serve and the incredible team I have the pleasure of collaborating with at CSI. Without their belief in what we do, none of this would be possible, and for that I am most humbled.”

“Florida Companies to Watch is unique because of its focus on second-stage companies and the wide-ranging industries they represent. The impact of these companies on Florida’s economy is immense, and this year’s honorees are examples of such companies in the state. Overall, the 2014 winners had $370 million in total annual revenue in 2013, which was a 36 percent increase in total annual revenue compared to 2012. They employed 1,757 full-time equivalent employees, with 462 net new jobs projected for 2014.

About CSI Specialty Group:
CSI Specialty Group is a Globally Recognized; WBE Certified Leadership & Talent Consulting firm that helps clients drive Accelerated Growth by creating the right processes to attract & retain highly functioning individuals for Specialty Pharmacy, Manufacturers, Home Infusion, Health Systems, Mail Order/PBM & Health Pans Worldwide. As the Industry’s Most Influential Leader in Specialty Pharmacy Consulting and Talent Acquisition, CSI delivers consulting solutions and talent resources to help clients cultivate excellence through uniquely linking their business strategy to their people strategy – ultimately unlocking talent as a true competitive differentiator / advantage.

About GrowFL:
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation.