2018 Winners of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Announced by Women Presidents’ Organization

Claudia Mirza of Akorbi Recognized at  11th Annual Awards Ceremony Held in Los Angeles

Plano, Texas – May 30, 2018 – The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) has announced the 11th annual ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies during the WPO Annual Conference held this year in Los Angeles. The companies featured on this year’s 50 Fastest list include a variety of industries — such as technology, finance, retail and entrepreneurial ventures. With aggregate revenues of $8.3 billion, this number is up $1 billion from last year’s ranking.

Claudia Mirza, CEO and Co-founder of Akorbi based in Plano, Texas has been ranked 13th among this year’s WPO 50 Fastest-Growing list.

Mrs. Mirza has grown Akorbi since 2003 to now be the 3rd fastest-growing language service provider in the world. What started as a small document translation business has now become a group of six companies providing solutions for the global economy including telephonic and video interpretation technologies, multilingual and technical staffing, multilingual contact centers, in-person interpretation, learning services and localization.  Claudia’s vision and leadership has driven Akorbi to substantial growth, earning a spot on WPO’s 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies for the past 3 consecutive years.

“I am honored by this award and to be a member of this amazing organization that works hard to empower female leaders. I am blessed to be surrounded by passionate, industry experts in my Akorbi family and I know without them, Akorbi would not be the company it is today” said Claudia.

“Since 2007, the WPO launched the listing of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies to focus much-needed attention on the vital role that women-owned/led companies have in boosting the economy and enhancing overall job growth,” notes WPO President and Founder Dr. Marsha Firestone. “We are proud that Claudia is among the unique women business leaders facing challenges yet rising to accelerate the growth of her business in today’s consistently growing economic landscape.”

All eligible companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula, combining percentage and absolute growth. To qualify for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately-held, woman-owned/led companies and have reached annual revenue of at least $500,000 as of January 1, 2013. Applicants are not required to be WPO members.

Additional facts about the 2018 WPO 50 Fastest:

  • Average age of women-owner/leader is 51; with half of the winners in their 30’s and 40’s
  • Aggregate revenue is $8.3 billion, up $1 billion from last year
  • Average 2017 revenue was $165.3 million
  • Average number of employees on first day: 13; projected average for 2018: 799
  • Funding sources at company start:
    • 70% with their own funds
    • 12% with funds from friends and family
    • 4% with a bank loan
    • 8% with a line of credit
    • 4% with a credit card
    • 4% with private investors/angels

About the Women Presidents’ Organization

The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across six continents, chapters of 20 women presidents from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, contact 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com. Follow the WPO on Twitter @womenpresidents and Facebook @TheWPO.

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company that provides enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. We help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24×7, in any modality, from any location. Our customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/localization and in-person interpreting services. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  Akorbi was recently named the 12th largest language service provider (LSP) in the US by global market research and international consulting company, Nimdzi Insights LLC. For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

Akorbi Names Language Services Veteran Kenneth Anders as Chief Operating Officer

PLANO, TX – December 14, 2017 – Akorbi, a leading global provider of language and technology solutions, recently named by an independent research firm as one of the top three fastest-growing language service providers (LSP) in the world, today announced the appointment of Kenneth (Ken) Anders as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Anders, a trusted leader and pioneer in the language service arena, has joined the organization to differentiate, implement and innovate the organization to further fast-track its rapid growth through quality language communication services and a customer-centric delivery platform and applications.

With 35-years of leadership experience, Ken brings an extensive portfolio of technology, operations and optimal service delivery for Fortune 500 companies including the Walt Disney Company and Hughes Aircraft (Raytheon) and carries an impressive industry background from developing language start-up organizations, to engineering world-wide interpreting, translation and localization companies. No stranger to managing large scale universal operations, he held executive roles at both CyraCom and TransPerfect, and a previous key role in the delivery of new technology for LanguageLine Solutions three of the largest language service providers.

Akorbi selected Anders for his passion and deep footprint in the industry, along with his a unique track-record of inventive and industry disruptive technology to meet the evolving needs of global customers, resulting in more efficient, higher quality language communication.

“Ken possesses a rare combination of capabilities in all facets of language solutions. That, coupled with a keen vision of where each customer experience can be optimized, made him stand out amongst all the other candidate” said Azam Mirza, President and co-founder of Akorbi.

Having held the role of Officer with the “National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters” and currently appointed President for the “Arizona Translators and Interpreters”, Anders has linked standards of practice and firsthand experience to build a reputation for meeting the most challenging needs of customers through world-class operations.

“Ken’s sincere appreciation of the people behind the service of interpreting and translating perfectly dovetails with our own values and will aid us in our commitment to deliver reliable, effective, quality communications around the world.” said Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi. “We feel these qualities make him most capable to support our path to a greater future and will further solidify our position as a premium provider of full range language services for our customers.” added Mirza.

A tested and proven innovator, Anders brought technological developments to the language service industry with the introduction of the first dual-handset phone which became an industry staple for healthcare, government and other organizations for telephonic interpreting needs.

“I am extremely excited to be part of this dynamic and talented organization.” said Anders.  “Akorbi has strong core principles, its team’s passion to execute and deliver is invigorating. Given the sizeable market opportunity and untapped potential, I look forward to contributing to the next level of Akorbi’s already impressive growth.” added Anders.

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company providing enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. These solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, technology and language services. Our customer-driven solutions help companies establish or strengthen compassionate, human connections, between businesses, customers and employees, across languages, cultures and industries, in any modality, from any location. For more information, visit http://www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.