How we pick the FSB 100
For our eighth annual list, we once again worked with financial research firm Zacks, which ranked public companies with revenues of less than $200 million and a stock price of more than $1.

All companies that meet these criteria are ranked, 1-100, by their three-year annualized rates of revenue growth, EPS growth, and total return to investors. We calculated a log linear growth rate of trailing four quarters EPS and revenue over a three-year period, through the quarter ended on or before Feb. 29, 2008. In other words, we used a "best fit" regression line through the numbers; the steeper the slope of this line, the higher the growth rate. This method provides a better measure of average or normalized growth than a simple point-to-point calculation.

Total return to investors is calculated for the three-year period ended Dec. 31, 2007.

The overall rank is based on the sum of the three ranks. If there is a tie, we compute the average of all three growth rates, and the company with the higher average receives the higher rank.

Banks and real-estate firms are excluded from the list (they would otherwise dominate it), as are adult entertainment companies (for ethical reasons).

Data for our 25 Richest Executives list comes from executive-compensation research firm Equilar.

If you have further questions about the FSB 100, please e-mail fsb_mail@timeinc.com.
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California 18
Texas 12
New York 11
T. Kendall Hunt 266.2
Donald E. Brown, M.D. 116.4
George A. Lopez, M.D. 103.5
Arena Resources 132.7%
Smith Micro Software 97.8%
TGC Industries 74.0%

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