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CREO Makes INC. 5000 List as One of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies for the Third Consecutive Year

August 16, 2022

With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 201%, CREO Ranks No. 2777

DURHAM, NC, Aug. 16, 2022 – CREO, an innovative management consulting and advisory firm that shapes growth companies into healthy, successful organizations, today announced that it has ranked No. 2777 on the 2022 annual Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies with a reported 201% three-year revenue growth rate. This is CREO’s third consecutive year on the Inc. 5000 list.

CREO, co-founded in 2015 by Susan Acker-Walsh and Mike Townley in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, focuses on delivering management consulting and advisory services to middle market and emerging growth companies in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized on the Inc. 5000 list as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies,” said Susan Acker-Walsh, CEO and Co-Founder, CREO Inc. “CREO is rapidly evolving as a preferred consulting partner to life sciences and healthcare companies operating in North Carolina’s renowned Research Triangle Park and in other markets across the United States and the world.”

“Our company’s recognition on the Inc. 5000 reflects each and every one of our team members’ efforts to elevate CREO as an employer of choice,” said Mike Townley, President and Co-Founder, CREO Inc. “As a team-driven culture, our primary focus is to collaborate to deliver highly intelligent and impactful solutions that expand our clients’ innovation and advance their future growth. To achieve this outcome, our team consistently goes above and beyond all year long to deliver CREO’s value proposition. Thank you to all of our employees for your dedication and impressive accomplishments.”

The companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 have not only been successful, but have also demonstrated resilience amid supply chain woes, labor shortages, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

“The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.”

Companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2018. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2021. The minimum revenue required for 2018 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $2 million.

Inc. 5000 has been publishing its list since 1982 and represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the US. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be found at The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, which will be available on August 23.

About CREO

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. 

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 & Gala is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit