August 28, 2017

Dear Robert Haak,

Welcome to the most exclusive club in business! On behalf of all of us at Inc., I am delighted to inform you that Black-Haak has earned the position of 3588 on the 2017 Inc. 5000.

Each year for 36 years, Inc. has recognized the fastest-growing private companies in America, and this year’s set of winners places the bar very high indeed. Companies that made the list, on average, have grown sixfold since 2013. During a stretch when the economy grew just 6.7 percent, that’s a result most businesses could only dream of.

As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Black-Haak now shares a pedigree with Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Timberland, Clif Bar, Patagonia, Oracle, Box, Grubhub, and dozens of other alumni that have gone on to become household names. In addition to Black-Haak, the class of 2017 includes such powerhouses as S’well, Halo Top Creamery, Bitly, and Orangetheory Fitness. In other words, you are in very good company.

Congratulations to you and your team. You should be proud of all Black-Haak has achieved to date.

I hope to see you at the Inc. 5000 gala in Palm Desert, California, this October. You’ve earned the right to celebrate!

Eric Schurenberg
President & Editor in Chief

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