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Jena Gardner, WIPP National Partner, company recognized in Inc. Magazine's Top 5,000 List

Thursday, September 24, 2009  
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JG Black Book of Travel Ranks #2572 on the 2009 Inc. 5000 List
After Experiencing Three-Year Sales Growth of 115.7%

NEW YORK, September 23, 2009 -- Inc. magazine has placed JG Black Book of Travel on its third annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs—and is an eagerly anticipated annual source for information on the nation’s most dynamic and ambitious companies. The magazine has ranked JG Black Book of Travel #18 within the travel category and #2572 overall.

Founded by travel industry veteran Jena Gardner in 2002, JG Black Book of Travel is a consulting firm that provides expert marketing, public relations and sales services to the world’s premier travel experiences. JG Black Book of Travel is renowned in the travel industry for having a collection of the most distinctive, stylish and innovative travel properties and excursions, as well as a staff of top professionals who offer unsurpassed client service and value to its partners and their clients.

Ms. Gardner credits the success of JG Black Book of Travel to the company’s best in class services. “I launched this company with the intent of building true partnerships with my clients by providing customized service and personalized attention. JG Black Book has grown to become an integral part of our client’s sales and marketing teams, enabling our clients to focus on their craft while we facilitate and mange the sales, marketing and promotions that are critical in today’s ultra competitive market,” said Ms. Gardner. 

Not one to rest on her laurels, Ms. Gardner has plans to continue to grow and evolve the company in order to stay ahead of the competition and anticipate the needs of JG Black Book’s clients in today’s ever-changing marketplace.  JG Black Book of Travel will undergo a re-branding process in late 2009/ early 2010, laying the groundwork to grow its B-to-C business, move into on-line/real-time distribution through its website, expand further into international markets, and review a retail component that would complement its business model. 

“We are honored to be included on the Inc. 5000 list,” said Ms. Gardner. “We’ve remained committed to our vision for growth and this recognition is a welcome confirmation that we’re moving in the right direction.”

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies -- as of December 31, 2008. Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million. The top 10 percent of companies on the list comprise the Inc. 500, now in its 28th year.

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology.


About Jena Gardner
Entrepreneur, travel industry icon and marketing expert Jena Gardner founded JG Black Book of Travel in 2002, and has built it into a highly successful consulting firm that provides expert marketing, promotion and sales services to the world’s finest travel providers.   Ms. Gardner’s innovative approach to business has garnered her several accolades and awards, including a 2009 Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing HSMAI Adrian Award, 2009 Enterprising Women of the Year Award and Diversity Business’ Top 100 Women Owned Businesses in the State of New York. Ms. Gardner is a member of numerous marketing, travel and executive associations including the Global Business Coalition, Women Presidents' Organization, National Association of Women Business Owners, Women Impacting Public Policy (Environment and Energy Committee), National Center for Policy Analysis Board, Enterprising Women Advisory Board, Forbes Woman Advisory Board, Virtuoso Hotel Committee, Luxury Marketing Council and HSMAI.

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