USF Fast 56 Awards Recognize Growing Alumni Businesses

Inaugural event identifies and celebrates thriving alumni-owned or led businesses around the world.

 

Arehna Engineering Inc. was recognized as the fastest growing USF alumni-owned business for 2013. USF President Judy Genshaft with company leaders Sonia Florence (center) and Jessica McRory (right). Photo by Matt May Photography.

 

By Karla Jackson
USF Alumni Association

 

What does a Tampa engineering firm, a New York City art gallery, and a Canadian water systems company have in common? They each are members of the inaugural 2013 USF Fast 56, the fastest growing USF alumni-owned or led businesses in the world.

 

These companies and dozens more were announced at the USF Fast 56 Awards dinner held Friday in the Marshall Student Center ballroom. USF MBA alumnus Joie Chitwood, `95, president of Daytona International Speedway, was the keynote speaker at the event.

 

“These businesses are a testament to what a quality education at a great university can help an ambitious and industrious person achieve,” said Bill McCausland, executive director of the USF Alumni Association. “They serve as an excellent example of the significant impact of USF alumni, locally, nationally and globally.”

 

More than 200 companies were nominated for inclusion in the inaugural USF Fast 56, and 47 met the required criteria, which were:

 

  • A business that was in operation for a minimum of 36 months.
  • A business that had verifiable revenues of at least $250,000 for the most recent 12-month period.
  • A business that is owned or operated by a former USF student.

 

Nominees submitted confidential information packets to USF Fast 56 sponsor Ernst & Young for verification and ranking. Other event sponsors were Zimmerman Advertising, led by USF Fast 56 recipient and USF Trustee Jordan Zimmerman, the Tampa Bay Times, and presenting sponsor Hancock Bank. In addition to the full list of 47 finalists, the Top 25 fastest growing USF alumni-owned businesses were revealed, counting down to the No. 1 fastest growing USF alumni-owned business for 2013: Arehna Engineering Inc. of Tampa, led by Sonia Florence, `97, and Jessica McRory, `03 & M.S. `04.

 

The USF Fast 56 Top 10 are:

 

  1. Arehna Engineering Inc., Tampa, Sonia Florence, `97 and Jessica McRory, `03 & M.S. `07
  2. SecurTest Inc. – The iReviewNow Company, Athens, Ga., Christine Millwee, `86 and Steve Millwee, `86
  3. OhMyGov Inc., Alexandria, Va., Richard Hartman, `88 & Ph.D `02
  4. Machine Tool Recyclers, Sugar Grove, Ill., Jonathan Leeb, `10
  5. Andriotis Law Firm P.A., Tarpon Springs, Anna Andriotis, `02 and George Andriotis, `01
  6. BlueGrace Logisitics, Riverview, Robert Harris, `10
  7. GlobalVise Inc., Tampa, Sanjay Mehta, MBA `09
  8. JUNTO Design Studio, Tampa, John Mistretta, M.Arc `03 and William Rapp, M.Arc `03
  9. Tampa Brass & Aluminum Corp., Tampa, Chris Leto, `85
  10. Bridgeview IT, Denver, Colo., Tim Glennie, `95

 

To see the full list of the inaugural USF Fast 56 companies, please visit USFalumni.org/fast56finalists.