Arkansas Business named Team SI the Business of the Year in Category III (56 - 150 employees) during the 31st annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards Wednesday evening at the Little Rock Marriott.
Team SI, a data-driven marketing agency headquartered in Little Rock, was also a finalist for the new Olivia Farrell Gender Equity Leadership Award, presented by Arkansas Business and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas to the company that has worked hard to foster equality in the workplace, and Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl of Mangan Holcomb Partners and Team SI was a finalist for Business Executive of the Year. Arkansas Business readers made nominations for each award and the winners were selected by an independent panel of judges.
In his acceptance speech, CEO Tim Whitley encouraged entrepreneurs to pursue their ideas and passions but also reminded them to thank the people who turn those ideas into a successful business.
“I want to say surround yourself with the people who you can count on every single day for not being bored coming to work and who drive you to come to work,” Whitley said. “Those people are the ones who actually drive success.”
Whitley founded Team SI in 2010 when he cleaned out his Nexstar Broadcasting 401k to fund the start-up. A partnership with Mangan Holcomb Partners was established a year later. Today, Team SI has more than 76 employees and an annual revenue growth rate of 60 percent over the past three years.
Team SI has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by Inc. magazine. A Google Premier Partner, Team SI is listed among the Best Places to Work in Arkansas. The company is a previous Business of the Year finalist and has been praised for its innovation and entrepreneurship by Silicon Review and Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur360.
While its success has also brought challenges, it hasn’t stopped Team SI from expanding its workforce and client portfolio. The company represents local,
regional and national clients in a variety of industries, including finance, automotive, agriculture and equipment, healthcare, and higher education.