2018 was a good year for corporate America as earnings were up. The five fastest-growing companies on the 2018 list of the Top 100 Private Companies in NH are prime examples of the diverse industries driving NH’s economy. Below is a profile of one of the fastest-growing private companies in NH.
From left: Kelsea Hale, controller; John St. Pierre, president and CEO; and Chuck Huggins, vice president of strategic operation. Photo by Christine Carignan.
Three-Year Avg. Annual Growth: 51%
Rank on Private 100: 52
Headquarters: 290 Heritage Ave., #2, Portsmouth 03801
Product/Service: Global youth sports logistics
President/CEO: John St. Pierre
Total Number of Employees: 600
Sports isn’t just big business at the national pro level; it can be big business locally, too. Take Portsmouth-based LEGACY Global Sports, which has grown revenue by 51 percent, on average annually between 2015 and 2017 by helping kids involved in youth sports and their families navigate the logistics of, well, everything. That can mean anything from finding housing for tournaments to putting together a video for scouts.
What began as a hobby for three friends and hockey fans in New Jersey has become a multimillion-dollar global company with 400 full-time and 200 part-time employees assisting almost 100,000 athletes annually in 10 countries.
The genesis for the company came when President and CEO John St. Pierre and a couple of friends decided to organize a team of local kids to participate in a youth hockey tournament in Sweden. They handled all the logistics, so when the feedback from the kids and their parents was so positive, they made it an annual endeavor. From there, they started organizing more teams and trips to other tournaments.
The hobby morphed into a part-time business until they met Ron Cain, who had a successful logistics company in NH. Cain convinced the friends that they too were in the logistics business and became a partner in the fledgling company. The men quit their day jobs and focused on LEGACY Global Sports, moving the business to Portsmouth.
The company now serves athletes in hockey, soccer, football and lacrosse. LEGACY also manages soccer clubs in 23 states and lacrosse clubs in three states. It has acquired a dozen companies since 2013, including Global Premier Soccer in Massachusetts in 2017, which doubled its size. It is now examining adding other sports to its mix.