GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two Industrial and Systems Engineering alumni were named to the University of Florida’s inaugural 2015 Gator100 during a ceremony Feb. 6 at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.
Sponsored by UF, the Warrington College of Business Administration and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni. Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking.
Voalte, led by Trey Lauderdale (BS ’04), was ranked 15th with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 84.17%.
In addition, Virtustream, led by Rodney Rogers (BS ’87), was ranked 74th with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.54%.
“The Gator100 is an important initiative that recognizes entrepreneurial excellence,” said Dr. Michael Morris, the Academic Director of the entrepreneurship program at UF. “It is open to any and all companies founded or run by Gator alumni, and recognizes those who are achieving growth, innovating, and making a difference in their communities.”
To qualify for the Gator100, companies must have been in business for five years or more as of September 2014, and have had verifiable annual revenues of $100,000 or more in 2011. Additionally, a UF alumnus or alumni must have met one of the following three leadership criteria:
Owned 50 percent or more of the company from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2013; or
Served as company’s chief executive from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2013; or
Founded the company and been active as a member of the most senior management team from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2013.
View the full list of Gator100 honorees at gator100.ufl.edu.