August 21, 2015 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, SC – 9Round, a rapidly expanding chain of kickboxing gym franchises with nearly 250 clubs in 38 states and five countries, has been named to the 2015 Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Ranking No. 471 based on an astonishing three-year growth rate of 988 percent, this year’s inclusion marks the first time 9Round has been named to the prestigious list.
9Round was also recognized as the No.6 fastest growing private-held company in South Carolina.
“Words cannot describe how truly honored and proud we are to be recognized as part of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies,” said Shannon Hudson, Founder and CEO of 9Round, noting that companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn and Zillow gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000. “Our continued growth is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team, who has helped 9Round become the fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise in the world.”
9Round’s inaugural appearance on the list follows a phenomenal year of growth that saw the opening of 84 new clubs in 2014, including the company’s first Canadian location. The company also signed international agreements for nearly 300 additional locations throughout Australia, Mexico and the Middle East.
The burgeoning brand is on pace to surpass last year’s success, having already opened 62 new clubs since the beginning of this year, including its first locations in Australia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Company plans call for having a total of 1,000 locations by 2018.
According to Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg, the story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. “In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” he said. “The average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident."
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 www.inc.com/inc5000.
Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings boxing and kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself. Today, there are nearly 250 9Round clubs open and operating throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Saudi Arabia, with plans to have a total of 1,000 locations by 2018. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.