San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) Ranks Brand Value Accelerator (BVAccel) #6 Fastest Growing Private Company, and BVAccel Client, Beauty Bakerie, #1

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SDBJ’s 2018 list of the fastest growing private companies in San Diego ranks BVAccel number six (moving up from their number nine spot on the 2017 list), just behind BVAccel client, Beauty Bakerie, who was ranked number one.

CEO, Jonathan Poma and CFO/COO, Annie Winger

BVAccel CEO, Jonathan Poma and CFO/COO, Annie Winger (Photo Credit: Jamie Scott Lytle)

BVAccel, one of the original six pioneer Shopify Plus agencies and currently the largest Shopify Plus agency in the world, was named the sixth fastest growing private company in San Diego, according to SDBJ’s 2018 list. This is the second year in a row that BVAccel made the top ten (moving up from their number nine spot on the 2017 list). Inclusion on the 2018 list is based on revenue growth from 2015 to 2017, during which time BVAccel reports a substantial increase of 424%.

“Being ranked the sixth fastest growing private company in San Diego is equal parts exciting and humbling," said Jonathan Poma, CEO at BVAccel. "It's exciting because it’s an incredible accomplishment that speaks to the great work our team is doing for our clients and the great reputation that they continue to build. It’s humbling because I know personally how hard it is to grow and scale a business. To have succeeded at this rate of growth for two years in a row is something that I’m proud to be a part of and that everyone on our team is responsible for."

With a long history of scaling high-growth, high-volume brands, including MVMT Watches, RedBull, Rebecca Minkoff, Tommy John, and Boll & Branch, BVAccel is thrilled to have made the list alongside local client, Beauty Bakerie. Founded in 2011 by CEO, Cashmere Nicole, Beauty Bakerie is the leading cruelty-free cosmetic brand and produces creative, high-performance products while also giving back to their community, both domestically and internationally.

“Team is probably the number one reason why we’ve been so successful,” said Mike Markham, CMO at Beauty Bakerie. “Second to team, increased brand awareness through marketing efforts has helped us drive brick and mortar retail interest and exposure around the world. These same efforts have also made us popular among industry influencers, creating additional earned media opportunities.”

Beauty Bakerie cinched the number one spot on the 2018 list based on their reported revenue growth of 757% from 2015 to 2017, and was valued at more than $15 million by Forbes in 2017. BVAccel first started working with the brand in 2016 on marketing, and continues to collaborate with them today on eCommerce design, development, and conversion rate optimization (CRO).

“We are absolutely ecstatic to have made the list alongside Beauty Bakerie, and are thankful to contribute in a meaningful way to their growth,” said Annie Winger, COO and CFO at BVAccel. “High-growth eCommerce merchants are our bread and butter, especially within the fashion and beauty space. We look forward to continuing to partner on their future growth and capitalize on their incredible momentum.”

In an effort to help other local brands learn from Beauty Bakerie’s success, we asked Markham if he has any advice for new start-ups in San Diego. Here’s what he shared:

1) Just start and fail until you succeed. Be relentless and resilient.
2) Find individuals early on that are as hungry as you and are willing to put the work in needed to become successful.
3) Lastly, be honest with yourself about the time you put in, your experience and abilities, and where you fall short. It will expedite your ability to grow into the professional you aspire to be.

About BVAccel
Brand Value Accelerator (BVAccel) was one of the six pioneer Shopify Plus partners and is currently the largest Shopify Plus agency worldwide. We are a new breed of end-to-end commerce consultancy that exists to drive meaningful results for digital brands, and are an innovative, data-informed expert in the eCommerce sector that maintains impactful partnerships with Shopify Plus, Dynamic Yield, and Google. With a best-in-class technology stack, we create valuable shopping experiences that serve as the foundation of revenue acceleration, and have a full digital marketing team that specializes in paid media, affiliate, and Amazon. BVAccel is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices in Columbus, OH, Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, Tijuana, Mexico, and Melbourne, Australia. For more information visit,

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