May 10, 2023

Crux scores Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces honor


For Immediate Release 

Crux earns Inc. Magazine’s 2023 Best Workplaces honor 

Company is listed alongside five Kansas City-based companies, credits culture and top-tier talent for accolade  

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – Crux has been selected for Inc. magazine’s annual Best Workplaces list. Featured in the May/June 2023 issue—which will hit newsstands May 16—and prominently featured on, the list is the result of a comprehensive measurement of American companies that have excelled in creating exceptional workplace and company culture, whether operating in a physical or a virtual facility.

“We’re deeply honored to make the Best Workplaces list,” said Crux Founder & CEO Melea McRae. “Through our un-agency business model, we’ve built a results-oriented culture that embodies our values, where everyone feels welcomed and valued, placing an emphasis on flexibility and well-being while delivering for our clients.”

Crux believes cultivating a healthy work culture is essential for producing results that exceed the needs of its clients. As part of its mission, Crux is committed to fueling business growth for clients and opportunities for the Crux team, and that commitment has earned them the esteemed recognition of Inc. magazine. Clients benefit from the unique marketing approach at Crux, which elevates their brands and amplifies their missions to new heights. This achievement is made possible by the multifaceted team and culture at Crux fueled by collaboration, respect, and an entrepreneurial mindset.

After collecting data from thousands of submissions, Inc. selected 591 honorees this year, including Crux and five others based in the Kansas City metro: 27Global, Chief of Staff Kansas City, Crema, CrowdPharm and Text In Church. Each company that was nominated took part in an employee survey, conducted by Quantum Workplace, which included topics such as management effectiveness, perks, fostering employee growth and overall company culture. The organization’s benefits were also audited to determine overall score and ranking.

“Being named to Best Workplaces is an honor that only a small fraction of companies have been able to claim,” said Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “Proving to the world that you’re a magnet for talent and have a culture that keeps teams engaged, productive and proud to come to work is a truly remarkable achievement.”

Founded in 2016, Crux is Kansas City’s “un-agency,” combining the leadership of a fractional chief marketing officer (CMO) with a marketing-department-as-a-service model to provide simple, smart and affordable full-funnel marketing solutions for clients. With Crux, clients get a CMO to collaboratively create a unique marketing strategy and a full team of experts in every marketing discipline to implement that strategy for their clients across the country.

This accolade adds to Crux’s list of recent achievements, which includes being named an Inc. 5000 company in 2022; a two-time Kansas City Business Journal Champion of Business in 2022 and 2023; a three-time Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Small Business in 2021, 2022 and 2023; a 2021 Kansas City Business Journal Best Places to Work; and a 2022-2023 KC Chamber Healthy KC Gold Certified Company.


About Crux KC

Crux is the “un-agency,” combining business acumen with executive-level marketing strategy, opening the door to a simpler, affordable outsourced marketing solution for organizations of all sizes. Learn more at

About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

About Quantum Workplace
Quantum Workplace, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee-engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit

About the author: Crux KC is a Kansas City marketing firm (and the city’s first “un-agency”) that merges executive-level marketing and business strategy to provide a simple, smart and affordable outsourced marketing solution for clients.

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