Knight Eady named to Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5,000 list

by | Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Inc. magazine revealed today that Knight Eady is No. 808 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“Knight Eady is thrilled to be recognized by the national publication, Inc. magazine, for our growth over the past five years,” remarked David Knight, president of operations and co-founder of Knight Eady. “When my business partner, Michael Eady, and I started Knight Eady, we had no idea our company would grow in this capacity. What started as an event management group has quickly transformed into a full-service marketing and event operations agency, which has only been possible through the onboarding of talented and hardworking people.”

“I always say that the secret to our success is our people,” said Michael Eady, president of marketing and co-founder of Knight Eady. “We are very intentional about how we hire, who we hire, and how we treat our staff once they join the team. Being intentional about our people has allowed us to attract new clients and to grow our team at a fast rate, all while maintaining our unique company culture.”

Knight Eady was founded in 2013 with a belief in the power of sports. The company has quickly grown over the past five years and expanded its service offering to include marketing, advertising, public relations, video production, photography, design and event management services. Now a team of 21 local, full-time employees, Knight Eady works with a variety of clients across the sports marketing industry developing creative advertising campaigns, experiential marketing activations and manage high-caliber sporting events. A few of Knight Eady’s clients include the United States Golf Association, SEC Network, NCAA Gymnastics, the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Samford University and Noah Basketball. Knight Eady is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 15) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2018 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 538.2 percent, and a median rate of 171.8 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $206.1 billion in 2017, accounting for 664,095 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held on October 17-19, 2018, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, in San Antonio, Texas. Speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.