McKee Wallwork Henderson specializesin serving clients that need to grow fast, a feat the agency itself has accomplished, according to the new Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies.

The Albuquerque, N.M., shop ranks No. 232 on the list, which appears in the magazine’s special issue arriving on newsstands tomorrow. McKee reported a 967 percent five-year sales growth, with 2001 revenue of $6 million.

“You can’t work with Emeril [Lagasse] and not become a better cook,” said agency president Steve McKee. “We’ve just taken the lessons we’ve learned working with growth companies and applied them to ourselves.”

Two other Southwest agencies were also recognized: Y2Marketing of De Soto, Texas, ranked No. 42 and Grant Harrison Advertising of Houston was No. 123.

To be eligible for inclusion on the list, companies must be independent and privately held through their fiscal-year 2001, with sales of at least $200,000 in 1997. In addition, 2001 sales must have exceededthe 2000 total.