Congratulations to Shawn Brunner, owner of Fresh Bike Service Inc. and a dedicated alumnus of the University of Georgia, for being named #63 on the 2017 Bulldog 100 list of fastest-growing businesses.
Shawn earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, graduating with honors in 2004.
The Bulldog 100, coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association, recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA graduates.
Approximately 490 nominations were submitted for the 2017 Bulldog 100. The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including real estate, law, IT, consulting, retail and pest control. Companies as far west as California and as far northeast as New York, made the list this year. The average compounded annual growth rate for this year’s Bulldog 100 businesses was 44 percent.
Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors partnered with the UGA Alumni Association to review nominated business’ financial records to determine the ranked list.
Nominations for the 2017 Bulldog 100 were accepted between February and May 2016. To be considered for the list, each organization must have been in business for at least five years, experienced revenues in excess of $100,000 for the calendar year 2013, and be owned or operated by a former UGA student who either owns at least 50 percent of the company or is the CEO, president or managing partner. The Bulldog 100 recognizes the fastest-growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year compounded annual growth rate.
To recognize the 100 businesses and the 131 alumni who lead them, the UGA Alumni Association hosted the 2017 Bulldog 100 Celebration February 4 in Atlanta. The evening began with an exclusive reception for honorees hosted by FirstData, a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions. This year’s keynote speaker was Debbie Storey, retired Executive Vice President of AT&T Mobility Customer Service and author of the book Don’t Downsize Your Dreams. Storey spoke about the importance of strong vision, adaptability and creative thinking in an ever-changing economic and technological landscape.
“The UGA Alumni Association is excited to honor our graduates who are founding and leading these prosperous enterprises,” Ruth Bartlett, president of the UGA Alumni Association board, said. “It is inspiring to see the influence these businesses have on our students. Student participation in Bulldog 100 allows our scholars a unique opportunity to network with these accomplished business leaders, and also to observe the best examples of success from people who once were where they are now.”
Once again, congratulations to Shawn and the Fresh Bike Service team, and Go Dawgs!