Explore, dream, discover — three words that capture the philosophy of Abode Luxury Vacation Rentals. Where better to free yourself to do those things than in Abode Luxury homes? Discover the vacation of dreams from a collection of exclusive properties.
Rob Alday, BABA ‘03
Travel and Hospitality
Park City, UT
Action Equipment was founded in 2007 by architect and general contractor Bruno-Elias Ramos. The ACTION team has over 100 years of combined experience in the equipment and rental industry, and continues to learn every day how to perfect a service plan that keeps customers’ needs first.
Bruno-Elias Ramos, BDES ’82, MARCH ’85
Consumer Products and Services
Kendall, a 1990-1993 scholarship athlete on the Florida Gators football team, and Susan Cook founded Activekidz in 2001. They began with just one therapist and now employ over 40 people in four Georgia locations. Activekidz specializes in pediatric care, providing state-of-the-art, physical, occupational and speech therapies to clients and families, recognizing the family as an integral part of therapeutic services.
Kendall Cook, BSESS '94
Owner & CFO
Acumen Wealth Advisors is committed to helping families invest intentionally. Its team provides customized, active asset management integrated with financial planning to help families achieve financial objectives through education, strategic planning, frequent communication and leveraging the latest technology to build trust and strong client relationships.
Reese Veltenaar, BSBA '01
Wealth Strategist & Managing Partner
Established in 2004, ACY Contractors provides construction management, general and trade construction services for K-12, higher education, health care, federal and other niche markets. ACY delivers start-to-finish services for each client, from pre-construction to closeout, and values high-quality, safety and reliability for bid-build and design-build projects. ACY’s focus is on new and renovation commercial projects and its success is achieved through its seven core values.
Michael Young, BSCE '97
President & CEO
Construction & Design
AE Engineering, founded in 2006, is a prequalified construction engineering and inspection provider. The principals at AE have more than 75 years combined experience in the transportation industry and have participated in a wide range of transportation, civil engineering and public projects. AE’s expertise ranges from: highways and roadways; moveable bridges, segmental bridges and fixed bridges; tolling and service plaza facilities; and airports, drainage, utilities and buildings.
Roderick Myrick, BSCE '96
Cory Nichols, BSCE '94, ME '00
Senior Vice President
Assured Information Technology (AIT) Engineering is an Orlando-based, veteran-owned small business that provides Cybersecurity, information assurance, information technology and software development solutions to the federal government, DoD and commercial entities to achieve low-risk, low-cost security compliance.
Jason Eddy, BS '01
Amicon Management is a full-service real estate services company. Its team brings a tailored approach to clients’ real estate projects, “delivering structure, stability and confidence throughout the entire construction process.” Founded by UF alumni Adam Mopsick and Ross Adickman, Amicon was recently recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest growing companies.
Adam Mopsick BSBA ’93
CEO & Co-Founder
Ross Adickman BBC ’76
Construction and Design
AspirEDU helps students graduate. It analyzes schools' data to identify students who are at risk of dropping out and outlines best practices that teachers can use to maximize students' school performances.
Don VanDemark Jr., BSBA ’91, MBA ’99
Anna Maria, FL
Avant Healthcare Professionals is the premier staffing specialist for internationally educated registered nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Avant has placed thousands of international healthcare professionals across U.S. facilities to help improve the continuity of their care, fill hard-to-find specialties, and increase patient satisfaction, revenue and HCAHPS scores. Avant is a Joint Commission accredited staffing agency and founding member of AAIHR.
Shari Costantini, BSN ’88
Awesome Motive Inc. is a leading software and media company that helps small businesses grow and compete. Its software is used on over 3 million websites and serves billions of monthly impressions. It is considered a thought-leader by peers because of its rapid growth and innovation. Whatever the market conditions or current trends, Awesome Motive helps customers gain competitive business advantage and stay ahead of the curve.
Syed Balkhi, BA '11
Founder & CEO
West Palm Beach, FL
Formed in 2006, Blood Company represents artists including Skrillex, Zedd, Bea Miller and Boys Noize, as well as younger acts including BloodPop, Ghostemane, Mr. Carmack and more. Completely independent, Blood Company focuses strongly on youth culture and community, on real relationships and true synergy between clients and allies. Accolades include nine Grammy awards, multiplatinum album and song sales, magazine covers including Rolling Stone, Forbes, SPIN, WIRED and NME.
Timothy Smith, BABA '98
Business Products & Services
Imagine. Design. Build. Deliver. It’s from this premise BoggsVickers emerged in 2011 as a client-forward firm with one focus: create smart and responsive design. BoggsVickers was shaped to be intentional, yet fun; fresh, yet rooted in experience; inspirational, but not heavy on ego. In short, it gets to the point. The point where clients’ space meets unlimited architectural or interior design possibilities to deliver an environment where business thrives.
Travis Vickers, BDES 95, MARCH 97
The Capaz Law Firm was established in 2012. The firm focuses its practice in the areas of civil litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury, including tractor-trailer accidents, auto accidents and catastrophic injuries. It is committed to the best results by providing individual attention in order to achieve clients’ goals.
Dereck Capaz, BABA '00
Capital Technology partners with retailers and brands to bring to market innovative, beautiful products. Established in 2011, Capital Technology is a premier distributor of home appliances, working closely with our brand partners and retailers to provide successful brand management, distribution and supply chain management across retail channels. Our core brands, SALAV and True & Tidy, are distributed in more than 10,000 stores across North and South America.
Julia Akman, BSBA '02
Consumer Products & Services
Captozyme is a research and development company and CDMO (Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization), specializing in enzymes and live bio-therapeutics for pharmaceuticals, medical foods and food additives. Captozyme houses a lab and cleanroom for pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing. The company boasts a team of experienced scientists and engineers who provide consulting and manufacturing services to pharmaceutical companies across the world to advance gut health and understanding of microbiome.
Aaron Cowley, MBA '11
Carroll Bradford, Inc., co-founded by Stephen Barnett and Jon Menke, is Florida’s premier construction solutions provider, delivering a superior customer experience and proudly preserving Florida communities. Starting in just a small 12’x12’ room of an office, Stephen and Jon have built Carroll Bradford into a leader in the construction industry by focusing on their customers, building relationships, and surrounding themselves with the best team in the business.
Jon Menke, BA ’02
Chloe’s is the all-natural, guilt-free alternative to frozen yogurt. Chloe’s boasts a creamy consistency unique in the marketplace because it’s made from just fruit, water and organic cane sugar. It is dairy free, gluten free, fat free, vegan and kosher parave and free from all eight major allergens. Chloe’s has grown from a single shop in NYC to a national provider of pops and soft serve to over 10,000 grocery stores and wholesale accounts nationwide.
Todd Hoffman, BSBA '02, MS '03
Food & Beverage
New York, NY
Commercial Systems Group specializes in commercial life safety, security, fire alarms, fire sprinkler, burglar alarms, access control, intercoms, video systems, nurse call systems, mass notification and sound systems. Our commitment is to provide code-compliant, advanced technology solutions that are user-friendly and cost effective. CSG’s primary installation and service market is greater Orlando.
Chris Inman, Alumnus '99
Vice President & Owner
Founded by Don and Phyllis VanDemark, Construction Specialties & Design started as a residential renovation company. It has since added to its management with Don VanDemark Jr., and has grown to a service maintenance company that encompasses six states. It services over 40 major corporations.
Phyllis VanDemark ’70
Don VanDemark BBC ’70
Donald VanDemark, Jr BSBA ’91, MBA ’99
Ctrip.com International is a leading provider of online travel and related services, including accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and in-destination services and corporate travel management. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip Group has become one of the largest travel service providers in the world.
Jane Sun, BSAC '92
Travel & Hospitality
Established in 1972, Current Builders is committed to quality construction having built over 50,000 multi-family units. The firm’s portfolio includes all building types with 85% of our projects commissioned by existing clients. Our success is driven by a team of seasoned professionals. We are steadfast in our commitment to nurture and mentor our staff to ensure their success in the office and in the field, which starts with a robust recruiting program of talent from the University of Florida.
Michael Taylor, BBC '82
Eric Herlihy, BSBC '99
Executive Vice President
Pompano Beach, FL
Headquartered in Naples, DeAngelis Diamond is an award-winning construction management firm and a nationally recognized leader in the construction industry. In its first 23 years it has grown from a regional construction management company to a respected innovative leader.
John DeAngelis, BSBC ’91
David Diamond, BBC ’85
Diversified Realty Development Co. is a full-service real estate company located in Fort Lauderdale. With more than 40 years of experience, we focus on all facets of the real estate industry, including development, asset management, leasing, brokerage and property management. With 4 million square feet of development, our core developments are in retail, medical, aviation hangar space and self-storage sectors.
Cary Goldberg, BABA '96
Fort Lauderdale, FL
DOME HEADWEAR CO. provides the best in custom headwear to brands, people, lifestyles and schools nationwide. With unique and powerful partnerships, they have over 300 custom headwear distributors across the country. Proudly based in Jacksonville, Florida, the founders, Jeff Whitaker and Chris Hetland, take precedence in putting their footprint on the local market and growing a nationally recognized brand. DOME was also recognized by Gator100, INC 5000 and the Jacksonville Fast 50.
Jeff Whitaker, BA ’04
Chris Hetland, BA ’07
Jacksonville Beach, FL
Founded in 2010 by Patrick Murray, eco Construction is a general contracting and construction management firm. The business was built around the basic principle of commitment to clients, employees and communities. Its focus has been in the healthcare and educational markets.
Patrick Murray MSBC ’06
Little Rock, AR
Edge Construction, a certified general contractor provides a full range of high-value pre-construction, construction, and design-build services to the South Florida market. Our team has expertise in a variety of sectors including healthcare, education, commercial, corporate office and more. Edge Construction was founded by three University of Florida DCP Graduates.
Marcelo Vila, BDES '03, MARCH '05
Thomas Manos, BSBC '08
Eric Weiss, BSBC '08
Embark Safety’s technology monitors employees’ driving records continuously and sends real-time notifications when new changes occur, such as violations, suspensions, and accidents. Our system allows companies to reduce accident risk, avoid litigation, and improve public safety. Headquartered in Orlando, Fl, we are a proud SaaS provider to more than 1,000 companies across the U.S. and Canada.
Edwin Sosa, BSBA ’05
Margaret Truitt, BSTEL ’06
Emerald C’s Development is a full service General Contractor, specializing in interior build-out projects. We serve all markets including corporate/office, health care, industrial, production, education, recreation, and retail. We pride ourselves on being more than the typical contractor by utilizing innovative approaches and problem solving skills to think outside of the box and help our clients make value-driven decisions.
Brittany Culbreth, BSBC ’06
Jesse Culbreth, BSR ’05
First Florida Constructors offers competitively priced commercial construction for developers of multifamily housing. We have the people, experience and financial strength in the market-rate apartment, assisted living facilities and affordable housing markets. We invest our profits in our staff and are proud to work with some of the best subcontractors in Florida. We support several local non-profit organizations, including Rebuilding Together, Give Kids a Chance and Overtown Optimist Club.
Greg Wyka, BSCE '95
Chairman Ken LaRoe has made it his personal mission to spark values-based change throughout Florida. LaRoe founded First GREEN Bank in 2009 as the first bank in the eastern United States with an environmental and social mission. The bank has grown to more than $790 million in assets with seven full-service locations in central and south Florida, spreading its values-based mission across the communities it serves.
Ken LaRoe, JD ‘92
Force Marketing provides the automotive industry targeted, trackable and technology-driven marketing solutions. Its data-driven marketing campaigns improve ROI for dealers across the country. The rapidly growing company is headquartered in Atlanta.
John Fitzpatrick, BA ‘06
Advertising and Marketing
Foundry Commercial is a full-service real estate services and investment company with 300 associates and more than 48 million square feet of management and leasing across the Southeast and Texas. Foundry provides corporate services, brokerage, leasing, building and project management services. Foundry also includes a development and investment platform, leveraging local market expertise to control more than $1 billion in investment opportunities in partnership with clients.
Paul Ellis, BSBA 88
Friedland Vining is an intellectual property boutique recognized for achieving successful results for clients in complex cases involving intellectual property law, domestically and internationally, including portfolio management, transactions, licensing, litigation and dispute resolution. Friedland Vining excels at providing critical, strategic and substantive advice to assist clients with the protection of technology, goodwill and brand value while reaching its goals within time and budgetary constraints.
David Friedland, BSECI '85, JD '88
President & Managing Partner
Frisco Family Vision has been serving the north Dallas area since 2013. Founded by Dr. Dana Biederman, the practice provides the latest technologies and products in the eye care field and a high-tech glasses dispensary, as well as the latest offerings in contact lenses.
Dana Biederman, BSA '01
Founder & President
Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group is a boutique, full service, commercial real estate service firm offering its clients brokerage, leasing, property management, and insurance solutions. Front Street is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida with additional satellite offices in Ocala, Northeast Florida, Tallahassee and Orlando. We are INVESTED in our clients, the community and in the commercial real estate industry. At Front Street, we maximize our impact in the communities we serve through action and leadership.
Nick Banks, BSBA ‘90
Founded in Atlanta in 2011, Fusion CPA is an outsourced CPA firm where value is placed in the entrepreneurial spirits of the firm’s clients and staff. The firm’s vision is to be the CPA firm of the future, and this is accomplished by empowering clients and staff to maximize their potential.
Trevor McCandless, BSAC '04
Chief Entrepreneurial Officer
Gast Construction Group is a construction management firm located in West Palm Beach specializing in commercial, residential and exhibit construction, as well as estate management.
Allen Gast, BSBC ’00
Global Trust is a SEC registered investment advisory company in Palm Beach County. Global Trust is comprised of a team of financial planners, public accountants, personal financial specialists, global management accountants and fraud examiners. It currently has approximately $300 million of assets under management.
Brian Brescia, BSAC ‘02, MACC ‘02
Greek House provides promotional apparel and accessories to businesses, fundraisers, student groups, and organizations of all sizes. Our platform is made specifically for ordering custom apparel and accessories to shorten the typically lengthy apparel process down to just a few steps. Our technology allows for professional design, vast product options, and quick delivery. With the recent launch of our sister brand, Threadly, Greek House began to tackle the Corporate Merchandising market in 2020.
Karthik Shanadi, BSA ’14
Luke McGurrin, BSBA ’14
Santa Monica, CA
Green Design Construction & Development is an architectural, engineering and construction management firm specializing in light commercial facilities and custom residential homes. We are wholly owned by Florida Gators and in our 10th year of operations.
John Creswell, BS '81
Shaun Kogut, Alumnus
As general contractors serving Florida and Georgia, High Mark Construction specializes in commercial construction and building remodels. Its team is invested in exceptional service and consulting throughout the process, with the goal to make the best use of clients’ space, curb ongoing costs and exceed expectations.
Tom Harl, BSBC ’98
Altamonte Springs, FL
Founded in 1996 by father and son Robert J. and Joel Adams, Highland Homes was established with a foundation of quality, excellence and delivering satisfying home buying experiences. Highland Homes has built more than 7,000 homes and has the knowledge and experience to build quality new homes with customized features and affordable payments. Dedication, strong leadership and a commitment to our customers has made Highland Homes the largest privately owned home builder in central Florida
Robert Adams, BSBA ‘61
J2 Solutions is an award-winning, self-performing construction management firm, located in Venice, Florida. Since 2002, we have grown to be a full service general contractor, servicing central and southwest Florida. Areas of specialization include health care, senior living, general commercial, religious, retail, industrial and education. We also have an in-house maintenance department that can handle a variety of service-related, rapid-response requests for our established clients.
Jess Fronckowiak, BSCE ’00
David Fouche, BSCE ’01, ME ’02
Jackson Orthodontics is a practice for children and adults. Its goals are to create beautiful smiles for all its patients and remain committed to strengthening the local community. Through excellent patient service and continually striving to improve, Jackson Orthodontics hopes to continue to be leader in orthodontics.
Alfred Jackson, BSESS '01
Owner & Orthodontist
JAX Refrigeration is a single-source provider of refrigeration, mechanical, HVAC and thermal construction services. It specializes in custom-designed engineering and maintenance solutions for industrial and commercial projects. JAX Refrigeration has five industry departments: JAX Refrigeration, JAX Mechanical, MEAS, JAXCool and RHVACS.
Mark Lowery, BSME ’90
JK2 Construction, a family-owned company founded in 1987, has become a leader in the construction industry. The company specializes in design-build commercial, retail, entertainment, restaurant, industrial, and amenity and time-share projects. JK2 Construction has completed projects throughout the nation, including work for major theme parks, themed restaurants and national homebuilders.
Paul Holmes, BSBA ’76
Rick Amundson, BBC ’84
VP of Operations
JK2 Scenic is an architectural millwork and theming company that designs and builds architectural millwork, custom props and fabricates specialty themed items for the retail, attraction, entertainment, hospitality and restaurant industries. The company’s mission is to build dreams and provide creative solutions to uncommon ideas.
Julie Holmes, BSCE ’01
JWB Real Estate Capital offers a premium experience for individuals to invest passively in the real estate market by selecting opportunities, creating performing assets and managing rental homes for the clients it serves. By exceeding expectations for everyone involved, JWB positively impacts its local community, vendors and clients with every interaction. JWB is also committed to giving back through its foundation, JWB Cares, and extensive community service throughout the year.
Alex Sifakis, BSBA ’05
Adam Rigel, BSBA ’05, MS ’06
Adam Eiseman, BSBA ’03, MS ’05
Gregg Cohen, BSBA ’05
Founded in 2005, KAST Construction Company is a general contracting company based in West Palm Beach, with offices in Tampa and Miami. KAST is one of Florida’s largest contractors and ranked nationally by ENR Magazine as the 170th largest contractor. KAST is diversified geographically and by market sector, focusing on large complex projects in the hospitality, residential, educational, senior living, private club and municipal sectors.
Mike Neal, BBC '79
Kinetix Physical Therapy has been a leading provider of physical therapy and wellness services in the Gainesville area for more than 12 years. Our mission is to lead our patients to their best health through natural, innovative, and personalized care. Our physical therapists help relieve pain, restore motion and guide patients to optimal function and health with less reliance on pain medications and surgery. Our comprehensive care includes diagnostic ultrasound and EMG testing services.
Melissa Cere, MPT '02
Anthony Cere, MS '11
Founded in 2001, KVC Constructors specializes in commercial contracting, providing traditional general contracting services as well as design build and construction management at risk. KVC is active in both the public and private sector. Since its inception, KVC has been dedicated to providing excellence in construction and service delivery.
Katherine Crespin, BBC '81
Vick Crespin, BBC '79, MBC '80
Miami Shores, FL
Landmark Title is an attorney-owned title company that serves Northeast Florida and beyond. In 2004, it started with a single part-time employee. Since then, Landmark has grown to five offices in Northeast Florida and over 28 employees, including seven attorneys. Landmark’s customer service and attention to detail have made it Northeast Florida’s No. 1 market share title company for the last four years.
David J. Heekin, BSBA ‘97, MBA ‘01, JD ‘01
Alan Almand, JD '87
William Li, BSBA '96, JD '00, MA '00
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice in a national practice dedicated exclusively to in-home end of life care for pets. We believe all pets and their families deserve the most compassionate and supportive end of life experience. Our nationwide network of veterinarians help pets and their parents with quality of life assessments, pain and anxiety management, end of life consultations, and peaceful euthanasia in the comfort of their pet's favorite place - home.
Dani McVety-Leinen, BSA ’04, DVM ’09
CEO and Founder
Mary Gardner, DVM ’08
CIO and Co-Founder
Macallan Real Estate is a comprehensive brokerage firm focusing on commercial land sales across the Southeast. Macallan’s principals focus on putting the interests of clients first. Whether serving in an acquisition, disposition or consulting role, it offers creative solutions to complex real estate problems.
James Rhoden III, BA ’96, JD ’99, MBA ’99
Marquis Latimer + Halback is an award-winning planning, design, and management firm. ML+H specializes in landscape architecture, planning, urban design, and project management. Located in the Nation’s Oldest City of St. Augustine, the firm artfully creates authentic landscapes that are historic or contemporary interpretations for each unique place. All three partners of this award-winning team are Gator alumni, and 70% of the team members are Gators.
Jeremy Marquis, BLAE ’08
Fremont Latimer, MLARC ’10
COO/PrincipalLaura Marquis BSAC ’09, MACC ’09Principal
St. Augustine, FL
Max Health exists to inspire people to their full life potential by equipping them with a new health care strategy. With three locations in the greater Milwaukee area and over 1,000 active patients, Max Health is the largest wellness clinic in southeastern Wisconsin.
Jen Frahm, BABA '04, BSESS '04
Matt Frahm, BSA '04
McKenzie Construction is a professional and proven full-service general construction management contractor. It specializes in luxury residential and commercial projects in the Miami area. The McKenzie Construction team consists of project managers, superintendents and skilled tradesmen who execute quality control on all finished product. McKenzie Construction manages our subcontractors to deliver our clients’ sustainable and high-performance designs through an efficient construction process.
Gavin McKenzie, BA ‘03
Medical Care Alert provides personal emergency response systems to senior citizens in all 50 states. Its life-saving “Help At The Push Of A Button” service allows seniors to live independently, knowing they can get assistance when they need it. Medical Care Alert is nationally recognized with A+ BBB rating.
Bryan Stapp, BSBA 84
Member Benefits is a full-service insurance and financial services organization specializing in third-party administration of professional affinity groups, associations and franchise member benefit programs. It supports clients by providing customized insurance products and employee benefit plans to individual members and small employers.
Earl “Chip” Trefry, Jr., BSBA ‘72
Nicklaus Trefry, BABA ‘01
Founded in 2002 and specializing in commercial construction, Miller Construction has steadily grown its diverse portfolio throughout the Southeast. We pride ourselves in lasting relationships and our attention to detail. Scheduling, budget adherence and open communication has fostered these relationships. We provide the highest level of service to our clients to deliver projects on time and under budget.
Corey Miller, BSBC 98
Optimum Healthcare IT is an award-winning consulting services company. Optimum Healthcare IT provides consulting services in advisory, software implementation, training and activation, analytics, security, laboratory and managed services, supporting our clients’ needs through the continuum of care. Our excellence in service is driven by a leadership team with more than 100 years of combined experience in health care staffing and consulting solutions.
Jason Mabry, BSBA 95
OptinMonster is a lead generation and conversion optimization software that helps businesses unlock more subscribers and revenue from their existing website traffic. OptinMonster specializes in converting abandoning visitors into email subscribers by using powerful targeting and segmentation to deliver personalized offers with behavior automation.
Orangetheory Fitness is an innovative fitness franchise. Long, the company’s Founder, grew his pilot location in Fort Lauderdale before franchising. Orangetheory’s claim to fame is its fitness method based around EPOC, or Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption. Participants are encouraged to push their limits and stay in the “orange zone” to continue burning calories long after their workout is over. When Long built his business, his goal was to keep his stores small, convenient, and inviting to encourage a friendly, team-oriented environment unlike the major fitness gyms.
Dave Long, BHS ‘00, MSM ‘01
Founding Partner & CEO
Orchid is a leading national provider of integrated ancillary and surgical cost containment solutions for the workers’ compensation industry. Working collaboratively with claims professionals and an extensive network of provider partners, Orchid drives cost-efficiency while delivering innovative solutions to help ensure injured workers receive the appropriate services and care needed to thrive.
Brian Carwile, BSESS 96
Orocon Construction was founded in 2006 with a vision of delivering quality projects with honesty and integrity and surpassing customers’ expectations. Orocon offers professional services as construction manager, general contractor, design-builder and concrete contractor. It seeks to develop a sense of teamwork through professionalism, open communications and client participation.
John Oropesa, BSBC 94
Owner & Managing Member
In 2010, Paragon 28® was established as an orthopedic foot and ankle company. The name “Paragon 28” was chosen to show that we are exclusively a foot and ankle company, with the “28” representing the number of bones in the foot. We will remain true to that vision. Paragon 28® was started as a small, family-based company and we have kept those core ideals as we have grown.
Albert DaCosta, BSCHE '98
President & CEO/Co-Founder
Parisleaf is a branding and web agency with roots in Gainesville. Your brand has a purpose — and Parisleaf exists to help you find it, show it and leave a legacy that matters. We believe that purpose-driven brands will outshine all others by elevating minds, nourishing bodies and enriching the planet. Our mission is to guide courageous brands, illuminate curious minds and grow communities by design
Alison Paris, Alumna
Advertising & Marketing
Park & Eleazer Construction's mission is to develop authentic relationships and have a positive impact on every life we interact with while timely building exceptional projects and delivering a World Class Client Experience. In its first 10 years, P&E has grown from a small local builder to a regionally recognized commercial construction firm specializing in office, medical, automotive, retail and industrial projects.
Forrest Eleazer BSBC ’06, MS ’08
Passport sets cities in motion, helping to create more livable, equitable communities. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport is a transportation software company, delivering the operating system that enables cities to manage vehicle interactions with streets and sidewalks. With Passport, city leaders increase convenience, efficiency and compliance today and tomorrow.
Khristian Gutierrez BSBA ’09, MS ’10
Chief Revenue Officer
Petersen Industries is the industry leader in the manufacture of bulk waste handling equipment. Having built the first hydraulic loader specifically designed for the waste industry more than 60 years ago, Petersen has been credited with creating the market. Petersen machines and manufactures almost all aspects of their equipment in-house. The single point of responsibility and quality control has been the cornerstone to our success.
Casey Hardee, BA 07
Lake Wales, FL
Philotek provides turnkey data security and management solutions based on industry proven methodologies. Philotek started as a managed backup and disaster recovery service for mid-market businesses. Today, Philotek’s customers trust Philotek to secure, manage and distribute more than 200 petabytes of data globally.
Ryan Walters BSBA ’96, MBA ’99
PHOS Creative is an award-winning creative agency that focuses on four core competencies: strategic consulting, branding, web design and development, and digital marketing. Headquartered in Gainesville, it helps organizations fulfill their missions by empowering them to stand out online.
Brandon West BA ’09
Power Production Management is a solar contracting firm whose mission is to play a significant role in creating a world powered by the sun. Since 2009, PPM has served more than 300 customers across various industries. With megawatts installed and in development, it is building a network of dedicated and responsible energy users, installers and investors to bring that vision to life.
Jason Gonos, BSME ‘05
Protean Design Group is a multi-disciplined civil engineering consulting firm with offices throughout Florida. Protean is comprised of people of purpose, and believes in challenging ideas and formulating plans to create safe, livable areas for communities.
Kim Horlander BSCE ’89
Scott Horlander BSCE ’88
VP of Business Development
Rad Wear is a family-owned business that prides itself in excellent customer service while providing quality and affordable promotional products and customized apparel to its customers. Rad Wear also offers campaign solutions that are smart and creative to benefit customers. Its mission is to customers create long-lasting relationships with their clients through the power of promotional products.
Jennifer Ruland, BSN 98
Radley Ruland, BSR 96
RedTeam manages all aspects of the construction process by communicating and collaborating online through its cloud-based project management solution. With an intuitive interface and real-time updates, RedTeam enables construction and project finance teams to collaborate at all stages of a project.
Michael Wright BSBA ’85
ROI Healthcare Solutions is a national, privately held healthcare IT consulting firm that helps clients integrate technology, people and processes for optimal financial and operational success. Founded in 1999 in Atlanta, ROI offers industry-centric project management, staffing solutions and services for enterprise resource planning (ERP) and healthcare IT systems. Our leaders and team are committed to delivering services to clients who appreciate long-term partnerships.
Scott Hein, BS 91
Founder & Senior Partner
RVG & Company provides financial leadership to businesses and individuals by delivering high quality accounting, tax and business advisory services. It partners with clients as their trusted advisor and tailors services to each client’s needs, helping them achieve their highest potential. Its Certified Public Accountants and business advisors share innovative and proactive approaches to seeking solutions in the areas of U.S. taxes, international taxes and accounting.
Larry Rice, MBA 13
Nate VandenBerg, MBA 11
Director of Taxation
Sarah Cain Design is an award-winning boutique interior design firm specializing in mid- to high-end residential and small commercial projects, including retail, hospitality, restaurant design, Greek housing, corporate and healthcare. It creates turnkey design experiences for clients, focusing on making the design experience fun and exciting.
Sarah Cain MID ’07
As a full-service construction firm, Scorpio is a devoted and seasoned team of construction professionals who build to enliven communities and beautify cities. From project inception to completion, we seek the most effective, sustainable solutions to construction challenges. We work to ensure that every building brings enduring benefit to the people who use them. Our mission is to build people, beautify cities and bring exceptional buildings to life, for life.
Domenic Scorpio BDES ’94, MBC ’98
Holly Scorpio BFAGR ’98
Co-Founder/Art and Marketing Director
Search Discovery is a data transformation company that helps organizations use their data with purpose to drive measurable business impact. Our services and solutions help global organizations at every stage of data transformation, including strategy, implementation, optimization, and organizational change management.
Lee Blankenship, BABA ’98
Founded in 2010, SKY Facial Plastic Surgery has built its reputation on impressive results that look incredibly natural. SKY specializes in the face & neck only and operates out of its own fully accredited private surgical center. Repeatedly voted the Best in San Diego, SKY attracts patients from around the world for its custom surgical procedures.
Amber N. Yoo, BABA 04, MBA 10
San Diego, CA
SkyFrog Landscape, located in Gainesville, was founded by alumnus Jason Lee. SkyFrog specializes in landscape design, installation and maintenance. Its partnership with Skyfrog Tree Service allows SkyFrog to serve all aspects of the green industry.
Jason Lee BSA ’07
CEO & Owner
Nick Pool BSA ’02, MS ’05
Tammi Wait BAG ’14
Director of Business Development
Social News Desk is the leading provider of social media management software for newsrooms. The company was founded by journalists, for journalists. Today, more than 2,500 newsrooms worldwide use the Social News Desk software suite to manage, distribute, secure, display and monetize social media.
Kim Wilson, BSTEL 02
President & Founder
Southeast Veterinary Neurology is a team of caring people who specialize in veterinary neurology, neurosurgery and advanced imaging. Its experts treat conditions such as paralysis, seizures and balance problems. Pioneers of highfield MRI and advanced neurosurgical procedures for pets, it has helped over 20,000 pets walk again.
Michael Wong, BSA '99, DVM '05
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Straughn Trout Architects creates spaces and places to live, work, play, learn and worship. Its portfolio includes a diverse spectrum of work, including new designs for contemporary and highly complex structures; educational and institutional campuses; and historic building restorations and redevelopments.
Tim Hoeft BDES ’04, MARCH ’06
Jon Kirk BDES ’95, MARCH ’97
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