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FCW : August 30, 2013
August 30, 2013 FCW.COM 35 from the Washington, D.C., area, chances are that you recognize OBX; it stands for the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a popu- lar vacation spot for people in the D.C. area. "It dawned on me that up in the North- ern Virginia/Maryland area, you've got 10,000 people with these bumper stickers that say OBX," Jesson said. He decided that naming the company OBXtek was a good way to get noticed. The Outer Banks plays into the incentive for hard work because Jesson owns a beach house there, which he occasionally o ers to his employees and their families. "We provide our employees, especially some of the ones who go way beyond the call of duty, a week down at the beach house for themselves and their families," Jesson said. Luckily, OBXtek's employees are allowed to shine. The company's culture emphasizes independence and strives to build a cohesive group of independent and individual thinkers. What helps the company achieve that vision is a short chain of command between project managers and the CEO, Jesson said. "Those PMs become the eyes, the ears and the key managers in our chain," Jesson said. "We don't have four or five VPs above them who are processing paperwork, which allows us to keep our costs down." Right now, the company has 174 employ- ees, and counting. As for what the future holds for OBXtek, company leaders plan to make big changes soon, namely by shedding the small-business designation. "I think the first issue we're looking at is the eventuality of not being a small business, and we're looking at ways to prepare our- selves for that transition," Jesson said. He suspects the change will happen in the next three years. In the meantime, he added, the company is doing what it needs to do now so that it can be ready for growth in the future.• OBXtek Inc. Tysons Corner, Va. CAGR: 302.9 percent 1 Bruce Jesson
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