Fast 50 2004
They are the doers and the dreamers, the truth tellers and the trendsetters. For the third year in a row, Fast Company asked our readers to tell us about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The results were overwhelming. More than 1,650 entries--the most we've ever received--poured in from around the world, generating more than 15,000 comments online. The range of entrants was remarkable, from heads of multinational corporations to garage inventors. Follow along with the winners for a year, and trace an inspirational chronicle of creativity, struggle, and triumph.
MEET THE WINNER'S OF THIS YEAR'S FAST 50Also check out this year's honorable mentions 
|January 1, 2003|| Pursuing a Higher Calling |
Father Bernard McCoy 
Abbey Steward of Temporal Affairs and CEO, LaserMonks.com
|January 1, 2003|| Going for Growth |
Ping Fu 
President and CEO, Raindrop Geomagic
|January 6, 2003|| Sticking to a Vision |
Randy Boudouris 
CEO, MagnetNotes Ltd.
|January 8, 2003|| Saving Kids' Lives |
Robert Jechart 
CEO, RJE Technology
|January 11, 2003|| Marketing with a Whisper |
Neal Stewart 
Senior Brand Manager, Pabst Brewing Co.
|January 21, 2003|| Cooking Up Fresh Ideas |
Steve Ells 
Founder and CEO, Chipotle
|January 21, 2003|| Sniffing Out Trouble |
Bogdan Maglich 
CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, HiEnergy Technologies Inc.
|January 31, 2003|| Making Ready |
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Donahue 
Medical Operations Officer, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve
|February 21, 2003|| Improving Quality |
Margaret Blohm 
Nanotechnology Program Leader, General Electric
|March 3, 2003|| Putting Information Technology To Work |
Greg Baroni 
President, Global Public Sector, Unisys
|March 15, 2003|| Giving Voice |
Ben and Mena Trott 
Founders, Six Apart
|March 20, 2003|| Designing for the Future |
Cameron Sinclair 
Founder and executive director, Architecture for Humanity
|April 12, 2003|| Driving for Success |
Elaine Hodgson 
President, Incredible Technologies Inc.
|April 17, 2003|| Getting Beneath the Surface |
Dale Setlak 
Chief Technology Officer, AuthenTec Inc.
|April 28, 2003|| Building an Information Gold Mine |
Paul Zullo 
|May 12, 2003|| Refreshing a Category |
J. Darius Bikoff 
Founder and CEO, Energy Brands Inc.
|May 13, 2003|| Cleaning Up |
Rick Terrien 
President, Universal Separators Inc.
|June 11, 2003|| Acting with Courage |
Noreen Harrington 
Former Executive, Stern Asset Management
|June 11, 2003|| Creating A Spectacle |
Emile Aarts 
Vice President of Research, Philips Electronics
|June 12, 2003|| Putting Your Best Foot Forward |
Ken Block and Damon Way 
Cofounders, DC Shoes Inc.
|June 17, 2003|| Trusting Your Instincts |
Asya Muchnick 
Editor, Little, Brown & Co.
|June 19, 2003|| Turning--and Saving--a Leaf |
Jeff Mendelsohn 
CEO and COfounder, New Leaf Paper
|July 1, 2003|| Making Smart Material |
Bill Flowers 
CEO, ETREMA Products Inc.
|July 8, 2003|| Channeling Energy |
Luca Bentivoglio 
Executive Director, Latino Public Broadcasting
|August 1, 2003|| Making Constant Improvements |
Jeffrey Hollender 
CEO, Seventh Generation
|August 7, 2003|| Stretching an Idea |
Steve Alexander 
President and COO, Integrated Medical Systems Inc.
|August 12, 2003|| Offering That Personal Touch |
Robert LoCascio 
|August 14, 2003|| Applying Energy |
Mary Powell 
Senior Vice President and COO, Green Mountain Power Corp.
|August 14, 2003|| Shedding New Light |
Fabio Rosa 
Founder, Agroeletro Sistema de Tecnologia Adequada
|August 14, 2003|| Supporting Bright Ideas |
William Drayton Jr. 
CEO, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
|August 21, 2003|| Gunning For The Honor Roll |
Mark S. Wrighton 
Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis
|August 28, 2003|| Preserving Precious Assets |
David Kravitz 
Founder and CEO, Organ Recovery Systems
|August 30, 2003|| Dishing Up Results |
Bob Page 
CEO, Replacements Ltd.
|September 9, 2003|| Setting an Expiration Date |
Alan Blaustein 
CEO, Flexplay Technologies Inc.
|September 10, 2003|| Cushioning A Blow |
Michael Novick 
CEO, CMI Enterprises Inc.
|September 24, 2003|| Inventing A Better Way |
James Dyson 
Founder and inventor, Dyson Ltd.
|October 16, 2003|| Partnering For Profit |
Joseph Tucci 
President and CEO, EMC Corp.
|October 26, 2003|| Raising The Bar (Code) |
Sanjay Sarma 
MIT Professor and Founder, MIT/Auto-ID Center
|November 3, 2003|| Scouting For Insights |
Ron Pompei 
|November 4, 2003|| Changing The Game |
Richard Marks 
Special Projects Manager, R&D, Sony Computer Entertainment America
|November 19, 2003|| Empowering The Little Guy |
12,008 Independent Booksellers 
|November 26, 2003|| Tracking The Consumer |
Herb Sorensen 
Founder and President, Sorensen Associates
|December 1, 2003|| Factoring Growth |
Barbara Brewitt 
CEO and Chief Science Officer, Biomed Comm Inc.
|December 1, 2003|| Reporting Reality |
Marie-Anne Neimat 
CoFounder and Vice President of Engineering, TimesTen Inc.
|December 1, 2003|| Connecting For Growth |
Michelle Peluso 
|December 4, 2003|| Building In The Green |
William McDonough 
COfounder, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry
|December 9, 2003|| Going Against The Grain |
Lala Wang 
Founder and CEO, MLX.com
|December 9, 2003|| Litigating For Less |
Mark Harris 
CEO, Axiom Legal
|December 12, 2003|| Making The Call |
Hong Lu 
Founder, President, and CEO, UTStarcom
|December 31, 2003|| Thinking Locally, Acting Globally |
Roberto and Andy Milk and Armenia Nercessian