Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc 5000
Hissho Sushi has again been recognized by Inc.5000 as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in America. 2016 marks the 6th time in 7 years that Hissho has received this honor. This year the Company reached its highest ranking yet, landing at #3077. Additionally, Hissho was ranked #22 for North Carolina companies.
Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.
CEO Philip Maung says, “As the market evolves, so does Hissho. Consumers constantly demand something new and we strive to give them what they want. We’re always looking for ways in which to innovate whether it’s through new products, different channels of distribution or the use of social media.”
The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 23) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. 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.
“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”’
Inc5000 #3077
The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million.
Hissho Sushi, headquartered in Charlotte NC, is a thriving sushi franchise which now has over 900 locations in 39 states. Philip Maung, the CEO, came to the United States from Myanmar in 1989 with only $13 in his pocket, and started his sushi business in 1998.
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August 9, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

Philip Maung 2016 Smart CEO Future 50

Hissho’s CEO was honored by Smart CEO Future 50 in Charlotte, NC in April. His spoken words though are timeless as he talks about Hissho and how it has evolved. Hope you enjoy this clip that was featured during the extravaganza!


August 3, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

Knife Skills

One of the most important skills for any chef is to have excellent knife skills. This is especially true at Hissho for our sushi and Pan-Asian hot bar chefs. To see them at work in our kitchens is mesmerizing and entertaining. Remember when you were a child and first were allowed to use a knife? How awkward and uncomfortable it seemed in your hand as you tried to make it do what you wanted it to do.
These are skills are honed over a lifetime, and the ones that get it are awesome. Our Hissho chefs would put many to shame as their fingers fly so quickly you can hardly see them. And what they produce is a wonder. The Asian chefs who are also artistic are able to create so much beauty from simple fruits and vegetables.
A chef friend sent Hissho a Facebook post that we found fascinating, and we would like to share it with you. It’s a Japanese chef preparing traditional items with as much austerity as anyone I’ve seen. Hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did.

July 14, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

PRIDE Magazine Featured Hissho Sushi's CEO

PRIDE Magazine “Charlotte Multicultural Resource Magazine 2016 – 2017” has featured Hissho Sushi’s CEO Philip Maung on the Cover!
Publisher Dee Dixon, Editor-in-Chief Lashawnda Becoats, Writer Tonya Jameson, and Photographer Johathan Cooper have put together a wonderful story of how “Sushi made Philip Maung money, but his Values made him successful!”
May Vang, a former AND current employee says of Hissho that, “It was a very corporate style. I didn’t get the sense that there was a lot of teamwork and communication.” Why did she come back to Hissho? Read the article and find out. http://www.pridemagazineonline.com/sushi-made-philip-maung-money-values-made-him-successful/
Starting with the “From the Editor,” Becoats is generous with her comments on page 10; followed by the feature article starting on page 14 by Jameson.
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July 13, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

Wearing Hissho’s Core Value T-Shirts With Pride

Our Regional Supervisor in the Alabama and Georgia area is staying really busy visiting sushi bars to make sure everything is in order. This is a task that is on-going as it not only insures everything is in compliance, but it gives the chefs a lift to know that someone cares enough to visit them individually, and it helps with the relationship building. Kudos to all of Hissho’s Supervisors across the Country for the great job they continue to do every day. Thank you!
Recently a request was made for some of Hissho’s Core Value T-shirts with a promise that photos would be taken to share with our readership. They were proud to oblige as seen in the following photos. The first 4 are all Sprouts markets which have the Oumi Sushi brand exclusive to Sprouts. Thank you to all of Hissho’s Chefs across the Country as they provide fresh sushi made daily for our customers.
Sprouts #480 in Birmingham, AL
Sprouts #482 in Birmingham, AL
Sprouts #483 in Birmingham, AL
Sprouts #524 in Peachtree City, GA
Western Market 7 in Birmingham, AL

July 7, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

Sushi & Sake Event Hissho Sushi HQ

If you’re in the Charlotte, NC area, please come and support our Hissho Foundation in exchange for a delicious meal of our own sushi. Sake, beer or wine will also be offered as part of this “deal.” It’s a great time to get a group of friends together and make a night of it at Hissho Sushi HQ.
11949 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28273
Sushi & Sake

June 21, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

How I Made My Millions News Report featuring Hissho Sushi!

Although How I Made My Millions is no longer a half hour program on CNBC, it IS a featured series on the PBS program (which CNBC produces) called Nightly Business Report or NBR. The segment about Philip Maung and Hissho Sushi was scheduled for Friday, June 17th.
Click on the video below to see the segment:


June 16, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

Hissho Dives Into Core Value #5: Compassionate & Humble

Hissho’s Core Values team rallied the “troops” at HQ to bring in donations for an orphanage. The list was long, and included items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, diapers, feminine napkins, baby wipe, cleaning wipes, shaving cream, bubble bath and anything else kids might need. The orphanage itself requested household items like dish and laundry detergent, household cleaners, extra-large trash bags, light bulbs and shower liners.
Most households have these staples on hand, but it may take a month or more to use up a container. But in a busy orphanage with 19 residents, plus staff, these supplies go really fast. With concern for the residents themselves, Hissho requested a “wish” list from each child. You’d expect something to come back like a “letter to Santa” list with multiple items on it. We were so surprised to see that each child only listed 1 item with an addendum from the staff for beach towels, swim shoes, and sun screen. You see, they have a beach trip planned for next week and nobody really had what was needed.
Through the heart and generosity of Hissho, the wish list was fulfilled. The bags are packed along with two large boxes of items, and our team heads out Thursday to deliver the “goodies.” We can’t wait to see their faces and hear the squeals of excitement as we deliver the Orange Bags.
Having a bit of fun while packing the bags!

June 10, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

Hissho Participates in LPGA Event


Meijer Grocer is sponsoring the upcoming LPGA Grand Taste Event at Blythefield Country Club located at 5801 Northland Dr. NE, Belmont, MI between June 17 – 19, 2016 and Hissho will be one of the vendors.
Hissho Sushi has been a partner with Meijer since 2007 and has built an excellent relationship over these past 9 years. Consequently, when Meijer approached Hissho with an opportunity to join them at the upcoming Premier event, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, they jumped at the chance.3
4FOX 17 Morning Mix‏@FOX17MorningMix has been touting this upcoming Classic for some time and here is what they had to say: “The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will be highlighting the best food and drink from all over West Michigan in addition to the golf tournament.
“Grand Taste is a three day culinary event that will give guests access to an all-you-can-eat tent with more than 35 restaurant and brewery partners, 120 beer profiles and Meijer. Grand Taste will happen at Blythefield Country Club from June 17-19.
“Tickets are $25 apiece for adults, and $5 for kids aged 17 and under with a ticketed adult. This ticket also includes general admission access to the LPGA tournament. You can buy a ticket that gives you access to all three days for $50. Tickets are limited.”
If you live nearby, get your tickets NOW so you can support a great cause, AND sample our fabulous Hissho Sushi items! Hissho would love your feedback!

June 8, 2016 by admin 0 Comments

Hissho Wows at IDDBA

Hissho attends a few trade shows each year, and the IDDBA Dairy-Deli-Bake Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, is where many of our staff were this week. IDDBA stands for the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association and attendees come from all over the United States looking for new items that they can sell in their grocery stores. It’s a great place to see old friends and meet potential new partners for our Hissho Brand.
Hissho rolled out new items to show attendees what is available from Hissho in the coming months. The show also featured several speakers including the always-interesting Anthony Bourdain – who hasn’t seen him on CNN, the Travel Channel or talk shows over the years. He truly engages his audiences and our team loved this opportunity for the meet and greet.
This was an exciting time for Hissho that’s been months in preparation: menu decisions, props and essentials needed for the booth, logistics of how to get our equipment there and purchasing the food items for our needs. It’s a labor of love for our stellar team and we appreciate their expertise.
Below you will see some of the food items created by our Senior Corporate Chef as well as Mr. Bourdain in action. Let us know what you think.