Hot Firm

For over 20 years the Zweig Group Hot Firm List has recognized the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States.

To be considered for this award, firms must fill out a short application and are ranked by a score comprised of both dollar and percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Any architecture, engineering, planning, environmental consulting, or related industry firm, based in the United States or Canada can apply to the Hot Firm List. See full entry criteria.

Winners will receive awards at The 2017 Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference and be featured in Zweig Group’s weekly management newsletter, The Zweig Letter, Zweig Group press releases, and promoted through Zweig Group’s other marketing channels.

The entry period for the Hot Firm Award is now Closed.


Application Guide

Step 1: Register your firm online and pay the application fee. Once your registration has been processed you will receive a link to the application. ENTER TODAY!

Step 2: Complete the application. This is a short application asking a few general questions about your firm and its financial performance over the last 3 years. Once it is completed, it should be submitted for review.

Step 3: Submit Revenue Verification. Once your application is submitted, you will need to submit some form of revenue verification (tax return, financial statement, a signed letter from your accountant, CEO or CFO) so that we can verify that the information you provided on the application is accurate. You will be contacted after the close of this award for your verification. Your firm will not be eligible for this award without a form of revenue verification.

Sep 4: Grading. Grading will be based on two factors; 50% of your firm’s revenue growth in dollar growth and 50% on your firm’s percentage revenue growth over the previous three-years. That is all. Your firm’s placement on the list is purely mathematical and dependent upon your firm’s growth & the growth rates of other entrants.

Step 5: Register for the Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference.


The winners will be notified in June. The final rankings will be announced before the Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference.
Entry Criteria:

  • 50% of 2013 fiscal year and 2016 fiscal year revenue must be derived from the design industry (one of the following: Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Services, Architecture, Surveying, or any combination)
  • Public entities such as departments of transportation or municipal public works offices are not eligible.
  • Firms must have made at least $1 million in revenue in 2013
  • Firms must have been founded on or before December 31st 2011


December 15, 2016 – Early Bird Entry period begins- Price $350

March 1st, 2017 – Early Bird Entry Period ends and regular prices kick in- Price $450 (Can get a discount on any conference registration if entering Best Firm to Work For and/or Marketing Excellence as well)

May 22, 2017 – Application deadline

May 22, 2017 – Revenue Verification Deadline


Zweig Group will not, under any circumstances, disclose the names of firms that apply but do not make the list of winners. Zweig Group also understands the confidential nature of receiving financial information from participating firms and will not, under any circumstances, disclose specific confidential information. Data gathered will be presented in an aggregate format only.

All survey data will be made available to publication editors for the purposes of editorial coverage. Additionally, all judges sign a confidentiality agreement since they will be privy to detailed information about participating firms.

2016 Hot Firm List

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