Repeat Fast 50 honoree Atomic Data is still growing strong, moving up The List by two spots this year and reporting revenue growth of 33.17 percent since 2015. Last year, revenue for the IT consulting firm approached $26.9 million.

For more insight into this fast-growing company, we asked CEO Jim Wolford…

What are your top tips for managing and motivating your people as
your company grows?

Safe: At all times, remember that we must keep client data secure. Simple: Always communicate to clients and each other in ways and words that each party clearly understands. Smart: Continue to educate yourself and those around you about data and how we create, manage, organize, use, store and delete it — never acting in a way that keeps you from learning more.

What was the most exciting thing to happen at or to your company last year?

Three things tie for first place: Our partnership with Summit Academy and start of our first cohort of 27 students. We moved our headquarters out of the North Loop and into the same building as our flagship data center in downtown Minneapolis. We’re now all under one roof and have the space and amenities to double our headcount. Our partnership and launch of the Atomic Data - Microsoft Azure Private Cloud, one of the first of its kind in North America.

What is your No. 1 priority for the year ahead?

Take care of our clients, their data and their employees’ work flows

What scares you most about the year ahead?


Growth rate: 33.17%
2015 revenue: $20,166,922
2016 revenue: $24,754,261
2017 revenue: $26,856,412
Top executives: Jim Wolford, Larry Patterson, Dr. John Dowdle

Source: Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal