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
AgAmerica Lending was founded with roots in agriculture and a collateral-focused approach, offering a spectrum of loan solutions that support the long-term success for farmers, ranchers and landowners nationwide. AgAmerica focuses on rural real estate financing by providing flexible loan solutions allowing farmers to reduce their loan payments, finance new operations, purchase land, consolidate and refinance farm debts, upgrade farm equipment, and increase working capital.
Brian Philpot, JD '97
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
Founded in 2003 in Panama City, Florida, Anderson Construction Company provides General Contracting services in the Commercial / Residential building industry. Garrett Anderson, Owner and President, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction from University of Florida, Certified General Contractors License, and has worked full time in the industry for over 26 years. His resume of successful projects include residential, commercial, medical, hospitality, educational, and governmental.
Garrett Anderson, BSBC '93
Construction and Design
Panama City, FL
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
Atmosphere Apps brings clarity, guidance, and confidence to the web and mobile app development process. Their design and development process has helped Fortune 500 companies, research institutions, and even small businesses achieve success on iOS, Android, and the web.
Eric Poirier, BS '02, MBA '10
Audience, Inc. is a commercial audio-visual design & installation firm focused on cutting edge AV technology. Serving the DFW area since 2002, Audience is a family-owned business, maintaining their position of superior expert service by continuously educating their design & installation teams. Their longstanding relationship with the Dallas Cowboys franchise shows their commitment to excellence.
Carlina Womeldorph, BSAC ’94, MBC ’96
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
Bearbottom Clothing aims to be the go-to online men’s apparel brand for everyday comfort. The brand’s casual and activewear collections are designed with an emphasis on versatility, fit, and value. Leveraging a buy-one-give-one model, Bearbottom has donated over 100,000 pairs of children’s shorts to families in Bangladesh and India’s garment-producing regions. In 2020 the brand shifted its donation efforts to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in the US, donating more than 200,000 masks to essential workers.
Robert Felder, BSA '16, BSBA '16
Josh Firestone, BSADV '18
BHRS Companies provides comprehensive commercial real estate, construction management, and traditional and non-traditional contracting services to businesses, managers, tenants, investors and organizations alike primarily throughout the Southeast U.S. and, increasingly, nationwide and beyond.
Brandon Hurd, BSBA '15
Business Products and Services
Bryan Builders, LLC is a general contracting firm that was launched in 2010 by founding member, Scott A. Bryan. We primarily specialize in the commercial/industrial space, partnering with many well know e-commerce and logistics clients on a national scale. Our team consists of the best and most qualified in the industry, including five additional UF BCN graduates. We pride ourselves on our dedication to unmatched customer service and client experience.
Scott Bryan, BSBC '00
Martin Foster, BSBC '92
Vice President of Operations
Burgess Civil is a sitework and underground utility contractors in Tampa. Services include land clearing, earthwork, underground utilities, roadway construction and paving. On residential projects Burgess Civil functions as the prime contractor working directly for the developer. On commercial projects Burgess Civil functions as a subcontractor to the general contractor of the project.
Ben Burgess, MBA ’12
Carbonxt® is a technology driven company led by an expert force of PhD scientists and engineers with the technical knowledge to engineer novel sorbents for pollutant adsorption and resource recovery. Carbonxt is the only activated carbon pellet manufacturer in the U.S. with our most recent project addressing nutrient pollution reduction in Florida waterways. The company’s partnership philosophy and customer-centered values ensures success through continual and customized support for our customers.
Regina Rodriguez, BSEN ’14, PHD ’18
Jack Drwiega, BSEN ’02, ME ’04
Capital Projects Manager
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
Cartaya and Associates Architects was founded in 1979 by our current CEO and University of Florida Alumnus, Mario Cartaya. We provide a comprehensive array of professional design-related services for governmental, institutional and private clients throughout South Florida. Our firm is devoted to the practice of high-quality architecture and has been recognized with numerous local, state and national awards and proclamations as well as a Congressional Record.
Mario Cartaya, BARCH ’74, MBC ’75PresidentMario Cartaya, BA ’08, MS ’10
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Since its inception in 2007, Cava Companies has been involved in thousands of projects across Virginia, while constantly adapting to the changing real estate landscape. With over 100 years of collective professional experience, the Cava team has developed more than 3,000 buildable homesites, constructed over 2,500 homes, and sold over 2,000 residences. Cava Companies has a deep local knowledge of the Virginia real estate market with a long track record of success.
Frank Cava, BSBC ’98
Celebrate Primary Care is a Direct Primary Care which means: affordable access to quality primary care through membership-based medicine; no medical insurance required; members of celebrate primary care have direct access to their medical provider through text, phone and email. Additionally, members have access to the onsite dispensing pharmacy and lab with up to 90% off of retail pharmacy and lab pricing. Celebrate Primary Care is providing a solution to the healthcare challenges we are facing.
Della Tuten, BA '99, BSN '05, MSNSG '06
Lisa Magary, BSHSE '02, BSN '05, MSNSG '06, DNP '10
Although officially started in 2015, the seeds of CEPRA began to take root many years ago. After more than 25 years of experience managing, maintaining, and developing landscapes, CEPRA founders saw an opportune moment to start their own landscape company. The vision was to create a company that would challenge the status quo set by competitors. Supported by an amazing team who shares their passion, CEPRA is a different kind of landscape company, writing a new set of standards for the industry.
Brandon Ray, BSA '10
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
Construction & Design
Pompano Beach, FL
Delta Capital Management is a fee-based financial planning and investment management firm. The company provides services to individuals, trusts and qualified retirement plans. In investing, as in tailoring, there’s no such thing as one size fits all. The most important thing we do is tailor client finances to their individual investment needs and risk tolerances. Only after defining the end needs can we truly map out a plan to get you there.
Sean Casterline, BSBA ’91, MBA ’98
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
East West is a global manufacturing services company focused on the realization of products, from design through distribution. As specialists in onshore, nearshore and offshore manufacturing, we offer a seamless path to scale and an exceptional speed-to-market strategy while driving down costs and adhering to the highest quality standards. Our vision is to make the world a better place - cleaner, safer, healthier and smarter.
Scott Ellyson, BSISE '93
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
Encore Mechanical LLC is contracting and service company that specializes in Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC systems in commercial, industrial, government, and educational properties. VRF HVAC systems are often the design choice because it provides great design flexibility allowing zones down to singular work spaces. It also takes much less interstitial space and power requirements meaning that savings are achieved across several other categories such as structural, glazing, and elect.
John Reynal, BSA '89
Since our founding in 2013, Engineered Design Services (EDS) has made its mark by giving clients the solutions that are needed in an ever-changing world. We pair our knowledge base in multiple industries with the latest technology to provide the ideas that keep society moving forward. Our services include Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil/Structural Engineering, Construction Management, and 3D Laser Scanning, serving clients in the Government, Power, and Construction.
Craig McKenzie, BSAGE ’05
West Palm Beach, FL
Flipstone was formed as a pivot from traditional custom software services work: a small team, focused on one or two clients at a time, prioritizing mission-critical business investments and employee quality-of-life simultaneously. Our client partners continue to place large bets on our most-valued skills: delivering durable, differentiated production systems and developing promising young software engineers into highly-prized technical leaders.
Scott Conley, BSBA '97
Florida Contract Automated Shading (FCAS) is a Division 12 window treatment subcontractor with a specialization in challenging motorization applications. Our team has over 50 years of combined experience and takes on unique projects using cutting-edge technology. FCAS sells and installs blinds, shades and shutters in commercial, retail and high-end residential construction projects while working closely with homeowners, designers, builders, architects, and home automation companies.
Megan Molyneux, BHS ’04, MOT ’05
Foresight is a full-service construction firm providing services for educational, government, healthcare, aviation/transportation, and commercial clients throughout the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. We offer construction management, design-build, and general contracting services across a wide range of project types, specializing in some of the most complex, including military and medical facilities that require the highest standards for operation.
Juan Segarra, BABA '02
Four Seasons Concierge Transportation is Utah's Premier Transportation and Logistics Management Company. We were recognized as one of Utah's "50 Fastest Growing Companies" in 2019 and 2020, "Best Transportation" in Utah for 2019 and 2020, and "Best Transportation" in Park City for 2019 and 2020. We specialize in individual and group ground transportation and can coordinate transportation in hundreds of cities and countries throughout the world.
Sam Rubin, BSADV '99
Travel and Hospitality
Park City, UT
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
Group PMX is a management consulting company specializing in program management, construction management and program control services in the building, transportation, industrial/energy and environmental sectors. Its founders are on the forefront of bringing true project management/program control techniques to their portfolio of projects and programs.
Farid Cardozo, BSBC ’96
Gulf Building offers a full range of in-house construction services for commercial and government projects as well as custom estates. Since our inception, Gulf has always been looking for a better way to manage projects, to design and construct buildings, to serve our clients, and to grow our team. As we approach our 30-year anniversary, we’ll be looking for fresh challenges. We’ll be looking to build new and stronger relationships. And we’ll be looking to continue to be a part of Florida’s skyline.
John Scherer, BSBC '00
Gulf Coast Underground, LLC, is a full-service, Design-Build, general construction and engineering firm. One major component of our business is to investigate and evaluate the condition of municipal sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure, while another is to provide the latest technologies available to rehabilitate or replace these systems. GCU has provided honest and dependable, long-term infrastructure improvement solutions across the Southeastern U.S. since 2003.
Spencer Tuell, BSCE '05, ME '06
Healthy Steps Nutrition is a nutrition counseling company. At Healthy Steps Nutrition, we believe something as fundamental as nutrition shouldn't be complicated. Our mission is to empower people to take control of their health through a simple, habit-based approach. Healthy Steps Nutrition works with thousands of gym owners and coaches worldwide to help them feel confident talking about nutrition to their members.
Nicole Aucoin, BSA '10
Deerfield Beach, FL
Heatherwood Construction Company is a full-service commercial general contractor serving Southwest Florida from Marco Island to Tampa. This premier firm provides complete construction services, including site search and selection, feasibility analysis, site development, value engineering, vertical construction, LEED certification and more. Recent projects include schools, multi-family, retail, restaurants and community amenities.
Walter Crawford, BBC '89
Bonita Springs, FL
Holliday Group is a company built on quality work and superior customer service. We have helped build and develop the Sunshine state over the past 25 years, proudly serving our local community and surrounding neighbors. No job is too big, nor too small to make a positive impact on someone’s life.
D. Craig Holliday, BBC '82
Honest Autos is an automotive retailer and specialized finance company. It aims to be different by bringing transparency, trust and expert advice to the difficult and often frustrating process of car shopping.
Byron Oldham, BSADV ’10
Fruitland Park, FL
Founded in 2012, Ironside forged strong relationships with our professional partners and clients. Rooted in honesty and integrity, Ironside has a reputation for providing the best service, experience and insurance products available. The insurance industry is changing, and Ironside is adapting and improving alongside to ensure it offers customized solutions to personal and commercial clients.
Ja`so Shotts, BSBA '06
J. E. Decker Construction Group is a commercial General Contractor and Construction Management firm in Florida that assists clients with the complete building process from design-build to competitive and negotiated projects. We've been "building traditions since 1931." Founded by partners Chris Decker and Mike Calsam, our mission is to do “Whatever It Takes” to be the best partner for our clients, our employees, our subcontractors and our communities in delivering the best projects possible.
Christopher Decker, BSBA '05 and MSBC '11
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
Jimerson Birr is a Florida-based business law firm with worldwide reach that seeks to exceed client expectations through a commitment to excellence and by adding value to their businesses. The firm concentrates its efforts in providing the highest level of legal services for clients across a variety of industries, including construction, banking and financial services, manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, real estate development, and community associations.
Charles Jimerson, JD ’05
James Birr, III, JD ’00
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 Property Management offers exceptional service to property owners and residents for the rental homes under its management. JWB offers affordable housing for the Jacksonville community while producing consistent, reliable, and predictable returns for its clients.
Alex Sifakis, BSBA ’05
Adam Rigel, BSBA ’05, MS ’06
Adam Eiseman, BSBA ’03, MS ’05
Gregg Cohen, BSBA ’05
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.
ka+ architects creates design solutions that produces an efficient building plan, contributing to the success of its clients. The firm is the right size to give personal attention to each client, while the technology it uses gives results that are second to none.
Erik Kasper, BDES ’92, MARCH ’94
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
Lamark is a business growth partner that provides award-winning digital marketing and creative agency services powered by relentless drive to consistently deliver against goals, activate growth, and unlock potential™. Lamark's in-house experts leverage an integrated mix of B2C and B2B capabilities to create solutions that are customized for each company. Our teams have deep competency within each of their specialty areas, separated by skillset but synergized through strategy and execution.
Bryan Shetsky, BSBA '06
Advertising and Marketing
Boca Raton, FL
Formed in 2012, Landsberg Bennett provides customized service and puts clients first. Its structure reflects the way the team would want to deal with a firm as a client. It is a 100 percent fiduciary and fee-only financial planning firm.
Michael Landsberg, MBA ’98
Lew Bennett, BSA ’93
Co-Founder/Principal Financial Advisor
Anthony Dubbaneh, BSBA ’03
Punta Gorda, FL
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
Leader & Leader, P.A. was founded by Michael D. Leader, Esq. The firm has had diverse areas of practice with most of its work in the areas of civil and insurance litigation as well as complex criminal and DUI related matters. The firm's current focus is representing insureds when their insurance carrier improperly denies or underpays an insurance claim.
Michael Leader, BSBA ’97
LeadingAgile helps large, complex organizations achieve better business outcomes through the systematic application of agile delivery methods across the entire enterprise. Based in Atlanta, the company is focused on the transition patterns and intermediate states necessary to safely and pragmatically lead organizations through a structured and planned transformation event.
Mike Cottmeyer, BSCEN ’93
Founded in 2013 by William Battle McQueen, Legacy Protection Lawyers, LLP is a boutique Florida law firm specializing in legacy planning and protection that the modern family can trust. Our expert legal team recommends the smartest plan to protect assets, values and those close to your heart. When contested matters arise, our strong and seasoned litigation team will resolve your disputes and clarify complex situations. Our comprehensive estate services include trust and probate administration.
Bill McQueen, JD '87
Saint Petersburg, FL
Our mission is to deliver world-class marketing, lead generation and sales enablement solutions to help companies in the IT channel find success. Our work provides our clients with a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace by leveraging the skill, experience and insight of our team. Marketopia believes in the power of growth for ourselves, our employees, our clients and the IT channel.
Terry Hedden, BSBA ’96, MBA ’05
Pinellas Park, FL
Marmer Construction, Inc. is located in Sebring, Florida. We proudly serve the State of Florida, offering full construction services. Our construction company has served the commercial, multi-family, industrial and residential needs for over a decade. We pride ourselves on our ability to understand the unique needs of our clients and to deliver outstanding construction services.
Martin Wohl, BSA '04
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
MechaSpin integrates new types of low-cost 3D sensors (including lidar), and artificial intelligence into new products so our customers can bring breakthrough capabilities and competitive advantages to market by making their products safer and more collaborative with precision control. We help companies figure out the when, where, why and how about integrating 3D sensors into their products. As a one stop solution provider, we can both design, implement and deploy your custom solution.
Danny Kent, MS '06, PHD '07
Nicholas Johnson, MS '10, PHD '10
Lake Mary, FL
South Florida natives Thomas J. Miller and Harley W. Miller established Miller Construction Company in 1973. Miller is a prominent South Florida design/builder and construction services firm serving commercial, industrial, hospitality, automotive, retail, healthcare and educational markets. Our business has been serving some of South Florida’s most influential and successful businesses for 5 decades, completing more than 500 projects.
Harley Miller, BBC '69
Brian Sudduth, BSBC '00
Nationwide Pharmaceutical (NWP) is a pharmacy solutions company that specializes in the $20 billion/year federal pharmacy market. NWP provides pharmaceuticals, pharmacy benefit management and prescription services, online clinical references, consultancy services and staffing. Founded, owned and operated by veteran active duty military pharmacists, NWP brings to the table a complete and in-depth understanding of the federal government’s pharmacy environment.
Joseph Lawrence, DPH ’11
San Antonio, TX
Onicx is a full-service development and investment company that solves complex real estate challenges through innovative building solutions and creative financial structures. Our services include design, financing, construction, construction management, leasing, and property management. Our expertise in healthcare allows us to deliver the flexible environments our physician clients and partners need to provide optimal care to their patients.
Dhvanit Patel BSBC ’98
Listed by CFO Tech as one of the Top 10 Accounts Payable Solution Providers 2018, 2019 and 2020, and by CIO Review as part of the 20 Most Promising Corporate Finance Tech companies for 2017, OnPay Solutions streamlines processes for accounts payable by automating invoice processing and payments, as well as accounts receivable payments to allow your complex organization to make and receive payments easily, securely and at a low cost.
Juliet Negrete-Anderson, BA '86
Founder and COO
Ovation Construction is a full service commercial construction company located in Central Florida that specializes in Municipal & Educational projects. Having completed hundreds of projects for high profile clients, our mission is to provide outstanding customer service with attention to quality and detail.
Bert Karpinski, BDES ’97, MBC ’88
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
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
Since opening in 2012 Park Bar has been the go to place in Downtown Atlanta for Great Food, Fine Bourbon, and Craft Beer. Owners Jose M. Navarro and Mathew "Quickie" Tainow have achieved annual growth by filling a niche for casual neighborhood locals in the city's central business and tourism district. Through their dedication to exceptional customer service Park Bar has become the embodiment of their mantra "everybody's a local.”
Mathew Tainow, BSTEL '96
Jose Navarro, BSTEL '98
Food and Beverage
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
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
Jacques Hopkins started Piano In 21 Days so that regular people could learn to play their favorite songs on the piano in as little time as possible. Piano In 21 Days helps to de-mystify the piano learning process through an online course. More than 5,500 people have learned piano using Piano In 21 Days.
Jacques Hopkins, MBA '12
Baton Rouge, LA
Planate Management Group provides a unique business model delivering facilities engineering and operations solutions in challenging regions and environments for our clients around the world. Our facilities, infrastructure, and base operations expertise cover Architectural and Engineering (A&E) Design, Program Construction Management, and Consulting and Technical Services.
Chris Decker, ME '89
Plata Schott Attorneys & Counselors at Law is a small Criminal and Personal Injury trial law firm in Jacksonville, Florida. Both partners, Belkis Plata and Shannon Schott are experts in Juvenile Law and share a commitment to excellence and professionalism. Belkis and Shannon are recognized as leaders in Jacksonville and throughout Florida. Both have been honored and awarded for their legal work as well as their dedication to mentorship, and service of others personally and professionally.
Shannon Schott, BA '07
Belkis Plata, BA '07, JD '10
Prince CPA Group is a regional CPA firm providing accounting, attestation, tax and consulting services to businesses and individuals with offices in Central Florida. The firm serves numerous industries and has seven licensed CPAs on a staff of 22 employees. The firm is headed by Frank Prince and Ronald Yelland, who have worked together for over 20 years. Prince CPA Group is proud of its reputation of providing clients with a personal, local approach which results in high quality services.
Ronald Yelland, BSAC '86, MACC'88
As a full-service general contractor, RB Marks Construction, Inc. specializes in commercial, industrial and retail markets. Our services include pre-construction, construction management, general contracting and design-build delivery. Clients are our top priority, and since 2004 we have provided them with unique ideas and innovative cost-saving solutions for all their construction needs.
Russell Cammack BSBC ’96
Mark Zaremskas BSBC ’96
Winter Springs, FL
RND Automation is Florida’s premier custom automation, robotic and packaging machine builder. RND engineers, designs, manufactures custom machinery for industries as diverse as medical device/pharma, hydraulic valves, automotive sensors, and consumer products. Our projects range from fully automatic high-speed robotic work cells to operator assisted semi-automatic workstations. We aim to be the most respected automation company in the Southeast.
Sean Dotson, BSME '97
Lakewood Ranch, FL
Founded in 1989, Rodda Construction is Central Florida’s premier Construction Management firm. Rodda’s project experience is broad, boasting a successful track record of all types of commercial construction projects. Rodda provides the highest quality services in Construction Management and brings innovation to the project management process.
Jason Rodda, MBA '05
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
SCOTT + CORMIA Architecture & Interiors is an international, multi-disciplinary design firm. Recognized for its diversity of experience, creativity and value, S+C intuitively understands the relationship between structure, function and the business of real estate development. Benefiting from a high-energy, visionary and entrepreneurial culture where passion to produce excellence is our fundamental mission, S+C prides itself on delivering results that exceed our client’s expectations.
Kristine Gilmore, BDES '04
Liz Seay, BDES '06
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
Securifera is a computer security company focused on securing customer networks and software applications by simulating the attacks of real world adversaries. By emulating the techniques, tactics and exploits of malicious actors, Securifera eliminates vulnerabilities that could be used to compromise clients.
Ryan Wincey MS ’12
ShalePro Energy Services offers a full suite of best-in-class natural gas focused field services spanning the Appalachian Basin - Marcellus/Utica shale play, as well as basins across the US. We have more than 23 years of production and midstream industry experience and currently provide well hook-up services, operate and maintain more than 2,000 wells, hundreds of compressors and associated facilities, hundreds of miles of gathering system pipelines, and are available nationwide.
William Johnson BSEE ’85
Shuster & Saben is the leading law firm in Florida representing medical providers on personal injury protection claims. Started in 2004 by Gator Alums Richard Shuster and Adam Saben, Shuster & Saben has grown to seven offices statewide, with eleven lawyers and hundreds of medical providers as clients. It continues to expand while maintaining a close relationship with each client and a commitment to excellence as well as public service.
Adam Saben, BSTEL '88
Richard Shuster, BSBA '91, JD '94
Partner and Attorney
Spark Inc. is a full service marketing firm offering video production, digital advertising, website design, social media content creation, virtual and augmented reality production, and more. Spark has completed projects for clients such as Nutella, Pepsi, Johnson & Johnson, G.E., UF Health, and BUBBA Burger. At Spark, we’re all about great work, great results and great long-term relationships. We’re young. We’re hungry. And we’re ready to outwork the agency your competition hired.
Richard Davis, BA'93
SpiderBoost is an award winning, full-service digital agency specializing in Website Design, Ecommerce, SEO, PPC & Reputation Management. Built on the idea that companies, big and small, should be able to compete within the same digital landscape, SpiderBoost was founded in 2012 by University of Florida graduate, Armando Martinez. SpiderBoost joined the rbb Family of Brands in 2016.
Armando Martinez, BSA '06
Coral Gables, FL
Spotlight Energy is a wholesale energy marketing company. Spotlight focuses primarily on North American natural gas trading and asset management and are serving wholesale users from coast to coast. Spotlight’s core focus is providing value to our customers and maintaining relationships driven by trust and dependability, while at the same time creating a culture of passion, dedication, and creativity from its employees.
Jesse Eisner, BABA ’01
Jacob Field, BABA ’02, MA ’03
Since 1987, Springer Construction has been building and maintaining quality Industrial, Retail and Commercial Construction for over thirty years. As a third-generation, family-owned firm, we believe in building the community from the inside out through the successful completion of construction projects and our strong philanthropic ties to the community. We work hard to deliver value to our employees and customers while upholding the following values: loyalty, honesty, integrity, & respect.
Jeremy Voss, BSBC '03
Cole Springer, BSBC '14
SSP Innovations is a relationship and education-oriented Esri Platinum Partner and provider of utility, telco and pipeline solutions. SSP offers leading, Esri-centric products and services including implementation, customization, training, support, upgrades, and integrations. A three-time winner of the Esri Partner Conference award, SSP has been recognized for bringing more than 170 U.S. utilities and telco operations closer to the future of the modern, digital and spatial work platform.
Skye Perry, BSBA ’00
Stax by Fattmerchant is an industry-leading payment technology company that helps established businesses take in-person, over the phone, on-the-go and eCommerce payments from anywhere within a single, simple platform. The company’s Omni software platform provides meaningful data analytics and integrates with popular business tools to let clients see the health of their business. Stax by Fattmerchant also enables ISVs to directly integrate, manage, and monetize payments within their software platform.
Suneera Madhani, BSBA ’09
CEO/FounderSal Rehmetullah, BSBA ’10
Co-Founder and President