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CREO, Inc. Named to the 2020 Inc. 5000 List as One of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies

August 12, 2020
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CREO Ranks in the top 22% on the 2020 Inc. 5000 List at No. 1,120 with Three-Year Revenue Growth of 403%

DURHAM, NC – CREO, an innovative management consulting and advisory firm that shapes growth companies into healthy, successful organizations, was announced as one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine on its 2020 Inc. 5000 list.  This is CREO’s first year of eligibility and first time appearing on the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious annual ranking of the top 5,000 most successful privately held companies in the United States.

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We are deeply honored and humbled to have been recognized by Inc. Magazine on their Inc. 5000 list,” said Susan Acker-Walsh, CEO and Co-Founder of CREO.  “I am immensely proud of each member of the CREO team, and I am grateful for all of their hard work in serving our clients that has earned CREO this significant distinction.”

Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years.

CREO was co-founded by Susan Acker-Walsh and Mike Townley in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park area in 2015 and focuses on delivering management consulting and advisory services in the life sciences, health care, and technology services sectors.  “We have grown because we stay laser-focused on delivering results for our clients and have earned their trust to continue solving their toughest challenges,” said Mike Townley, President, and Co-Founder of CREO.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

To view the Inc. 5000 list in its entirety, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, visit

About CREO, Inc.
CREO is an innovative management consulting firm that shapes growth companies into healthy, successful organizations.  We provide holistic support for organizations through our expertise in growth management and digital transformation. Our approach creates alignment around vision and strategy to drive execution and results.  To learn more, please visit us at

About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels, including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

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Mike Townley, President