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he credits with the company’s success. “I would suggest that you always try to build consensus with people because it doesn’t matter how talented you are, you never rise unless you can convince other people that they should be on your team. And through their efforts, you all rise collectively.”

In 2005, Allen is looking to make strategic acquisitions to expand his company. He’s in the process of acquiring a new location nearby where he plans to move his Volkswagen franchise and increase his pre-owned operation. Allen also plans to purchase a Hyundai dealership in the Houston area with his good friend Clyde Drexler, the basketball Hall-of-Famer.

But Allen recognizes that reaching his goal requires him to make more sacrifices. “I’m not going to be able to be there for a [family] birthday or baptism or even a wedding sometimes,” he says. “I think that’s nothing different from anybody who has tried to gain success in the business world.”
   Industrial/Service Companies

COMPANY TYPE OF BUSINESS  LOCATION RANKING SALES*
Eagle Group International Inc. Technical services contractor for government agencies Atlanta, GA

36

98.000
Campbell Roofing & Construction Inc. Commercial and industrial roofing, maintenance, and construction Byron, GA

70

53.703
Advanced Concepts Inc. Provider of information technology services and telecommunications solutions Columbia, MD

84

35.059
Trio Trucking Inc. Truckload transportation services Cincinnati, OH

89

34.800
Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants Manager of McDonald’s restaurants Dallas, TX

93

30.978
Marc Wear Manufacturer and seller of women’s casual apparel Los Angeles, CA 94 30.716
Jackmont Hospitality Inc. Manager of TGIF restaurants Atlanta, GA 98 26.362
On-Target Supplies & Logistics Logistics, supply chain management, outsourcing, and consulting Dallas, TX 100 24.991


Auto Dealerships

Superstition Springs Lexus Lexus dealer >Mesa, AZ 53 50.600
Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford Mercury Ford, Mercury dealer Manteca, CA 60 46.775
Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Chrylser, Jeep dealer Mesa, AZ 64 42.184
Forest Lake Ford Ford dealer Forest Lake, MN 86 29.944
Hunterdon BMW BMW dealer Lebanon, NJ 88 28.300
Coastal Motorcars BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen dealer Corpus Christi, TX 93 25.618
Gresham Chrysler Jeep Inc. Chrysler, Jeep, Suzuki dealer Gresham, OR 95 23.422
Gorman McCracken VW Mazda Volkswagen, Mazda dealer Longview, TX 97 23.185
Paris Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc. Ford, Lincoln-Mercury dealer Paris, TX 98 23.077
Freedom Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc. Ford, Lincoln-Mercury dealer Wise, VA 100 22.400

 

Banks

COMPANY LOCATION RANKING ASSETS*
Advance Bank Baltimore, MD 21 74.036

 

Advertising Agencies

COMPANY LOCATION RANKING ASSETS*
Fuse, Inc.  St. Louis, MO 7 53.396

 

Private Equity Firms

COMPANY LOCATION RANKING CAPTIAL UNDER MANAGEMENT*
United Enterprise Fund L.P. New York, NY 10 41

 

*IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE NEAREST THOUSAND. AS OF DEC. 31, 2004. PREPARED BY B.E. RESEARCH. REVIEWED BY THE CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM EDWARDS & CO.

 

 

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