I'm in the midst of collecting what I hope are the last of the Top 100 forms for our annual Top 100 club list, which is published each year in our July issue. We started collecting the forms a bit earlier this year than last year, and that has helped quell the panic I normally feel at this time of year. I've begun inputting the data into my Excel file, and once I figure out which companies from last year's list are still missing, I'll begin making phone calls.
I like putting together this list every year because I can compare it to last year's list to catch any trends. One thing that surprised me this year is that I haven't seen as many clubs reporting decreased revenue in 2007 over 2006 as I thought I would. Don't get me wrong; some of the companies are reporting decreased revenue--just not as many as I thought. I guess next year's list will be the most telling since our list ranks clubs on their revenue from the previous year.
After I input more data, I'll share with you a few more insights before the list comes out in our July issue. If you haven't submitted your form yet, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a form or click on the Top 100 link on our Web site. --Pam