GP Strategies Corp. (NYSE: GPX; formerly General Physics Corporation) is a global performance improvement provider of sales and technical training, E-learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. The firm has been ranked #58 on Forbes magazines list of "Americas 100 Best Small Companies" for the year 2012 and #91 on Fortune magazines list of 100 fastest growing companies for the year 2013 in a list that includes Apple Inc., Caterpillar and Baidu among other notable companies. GP Strategies offers services to improve the effectiveness of organizations by providing training, consulting and business improvement services. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. GP Strategies Corporation was founded in 1959 under the name National Patent Development Corporation (NPDC) as a venture capital firm focusing on technology companies. In 1960 it went public. In 1986, NPDC purchased majority ownership of General Physics Corporation (“GP” or “General Physics”), which was established in 1966. Originally, GP provided technical services to the Navy Submarine Nuclear Power Program in the areas of operations, safety, and training. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, GP expanded its service offering and industry focus through internal investment and acquisitions that expanded its reach into environmental, energy, IT, and other government markets.