Local web security business named one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in North America for 2015
SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – As the downtown St. Petersburg community continues to rapidly expand, perhaps no company has enjoyed simultaneous success quite like The SSL Store™, who was last month named to the Inc. 5000 list – a publication that recognizes the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America. A locally owned and operated technology and web security company, Rapid Web Services, LLC dba The SSL Store™ completely transitioned its primary business back in 2009 and today serves as a global leader of SSL certificates and other website security solutions. Since successfully securing nearly a half of a million websites in more than 120 counties, The SSL Store™ is now currently looking to hire motivated individuals to help continue their quest to securing the rest of the world.
“One of the things that makes us unique is that for a relatively small company out of St. Pete, we’ve cultivated extremely deep partnerships with some of the biggest, most game changing Internet security companies in the world,” said Bill Grueninger, Chief Operating Officer. “Take Symantec or Norton for example, we are officially their first Symantec Specialist Partner in the entire world, which quickly allowed us to work in tandem with a company whose name is synonymous with online security in almost every country. And we’re talking about a company that’s publicly traded and valued at more than $14 billion and we were the first ones to become a web security specialist partner with them! That forward thinking is what has helped us to be named the 1,895th fastest growing private company in the nation. It’s a big deal to us.”
Additionally, The SSL Store™ is a Platinum Partner with Thawte, GeoTrust, RapidSSL, Comodo, and Certum – essentially all of the major SSL Certificate Authorities in the industry – allowing the company to provide a litany of SSL certificate solutions and services that are appropriate for websites and web-hosts of all sizes and types. These SSL certificates are the web’s protocol for creating a secure connection between a web browser and web server, to provide a safe browsing experience & secure data transmission for website users and protection against identity theft and prying eyes on any type of sensitive data.
While The SSL Store™ has already become one of the proven leaders in the SSL web security market and actively attends and presents at tradeshows around the world, the company isn’t content to rest on its laurels. To prepare for its continued growth, this past summer they moved from their small office, which was actually the same office Wikipedia was founded in (yes, that Wikipedia), into a new office space in the Palais Royale office building in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg and are actively recruiting additional staff to help support their growth.
“Yeah, we’re in a global marketplace that’s securing websites and supporting our channel partners in just about every country on the planet, but downtown St. Petersburg is our home. The majority of our staff lives and plays near downtown and we are really excited to have redoubled our commitment to the community with this new office space,” added Grueninger.
“We’re also excited about helping some of our local start-ups with their web security needs and have recently unveiled a new Tampa Bay Start-up Program where we provide premium SSL certificates to start-ups in the Tampa Bay area for free to help in the best way we can. One of the best things about St. Pete is the strong sense of community and we try to do our part by giving local companies access to the resources they need to keep their websites and customers secure to enable trusted interactions.”
Additionally, The SSL Store™ today announced several new immediate openings in their St. Pete headquarters:
- Content marketer/writer – Full-time
- Web & graphic designer – Full-time
- Customer support agents – Full-time or Part-time (2 openings)
- Phone sales staff – Full-time (2 openings)
“At www.theSSLstore.com we feel the outstanding service, support and technology that we provide to our customers and partners is what gives us our competitive edge in the marketplace. As we continue to expand, we’re finding the need for more and more highly motivated staff who wants to help us grow something special and we’re really excited to see who comes to join our team next. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply on our website.”
The SSL Store™ is a pioneer in the global SSL security certificate industry that’s headquartered in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, with additional offices in The Netherlands and India that has 75,000+ customers and a robust reseller network of more than 4,000 partners worldwide.