N.O. firm La.’s highest ranked on Inc. fast-growing list

New Orleans-based government services firm Hernandez Consulting was the state’s highest-ranked firm at No. 526 on the 2013 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies.

The company’s revenue jumped 867 percent to $16.8 million.

Hernandez Consulting, which grew from four workers to 19, provides project management, construction, design, environmental, design, environmental, sustainability and security services to the government sector.

Its growth has been largely driven by Veterans Affairs projects in Louisiana, including the hospital in New Orleans, and Texas, said Alex Hernandez, president and founder of Hernandez Consulting.

“That’s probably about-two thirds of our work,” he said.

In the 2012 Inc. 5000, Hernandez Consulting ranked No. 191 nationally but was second in Louisiana behind Lafayette-based Townsend, a network of addiction treatment clinics. Townsend ranked No. 182 on the 2012 list.

The other New Orleans-area firms on the list, their rankings, revenue and growth, are:

No. 806: Innovative Advertising, Mandeville, up 561 percent to $11.2 million.

No. 1274: Search Influence, advertising and marketing, up 321 percent to $4.6 million.

No. 1543: Archon Information Systems, government services, up 258 percent to $8.7 million.

No. 2275: AAC Enterprises, Metairie manufacturer, up 161 percent to $4 million.

No. 2408: First NBC Bank Holding Co., financial services, up 150 percent to $119.6 million.

No. 2863: QCS Logistics, logistics and transportation, up 120 percent to $3 million.

No. 3213: Netchex, Mandeville human resources firm, up 101 percent to $9.4 million.

No. 3324: NewBath, construction, up 95 percent to $11.1 million.

No. 3502: Geocent, Metairie-based IT firm, up 87 percent to $29.6 million.

No. 4031: CompuCure, IT services, up 66 percent to $4.2 million.