ExcelBizFINAL LOGOThe Top 25 award program is designed to identify, recognize, and celebrate the success of alumni business leaders. Each company must have been founded, owned, or managed (most senior leadership team or regional/division leadership team) by a UAB alumnus/alumna.

Forest SawyerAs someone who sees possibility in disability, Forrest Satterfield refuses to compromise. His willingness to push boundaries has placed him in equally good and bad situations.

As a UAB freshman, he developed a nasty case of mononucleosis due to a weakened immune system from poor nutrition and sleep.

“I was so focused on my work that it didn’t leave me much time to do anything else,” he says.

But it’s that unrelenting drive that has taken Satterfield Technologies from dorm room to board room.

Justin Smitth and Talyor Looney, SertawareJustin Smith and Taylor Looney have the charming, hometown warmth you remember on your drive home for the summer: when life stills, everything seems familiar, and people recall when you were this big.

Together, they comprise Sertaware, LLC, a software start-up that aims to integrate with co-existing electronic healthcare records, making them transferrable between healthcare facilities. Sertaware’s mission is to simplify the patient-care process. Sertaware is one of eight student-run businesses housed within the UAB iLab, an incubator for student businesses and creative idea development located inside Birmingham’s Innovation Depot.

The UAB Collat School of Business celebrated its largest graduating class of online students thus far with a special reception in their honor at the Hill University Center on Friday, April 29, 2016. Twenty-seven Collat graduates earned their undergraduate or graduate degree this spring through one of Collat’s online program offerings. Luciano Pitts, Master of Accounting (MAc) graduate, was one of the graduates who attended the reception and shared his story and experience in the accounting program.

MBA Collat2 outThe UAB Collat School of Business will begin offering a new option for experienced professionals seeking an MBA to forgo the MBA admissions test requirements if they have professional work experience.

MoneySenseLast summer, UAB student Brandon Pickett worked as a lead counselor in a camp where the kids learned survival skills—the kind involving dollars and cents. During the four-day Money Math Camp, he and other counselors taught 45 middle-schoolers from low-income and minority school districts about money management and the impact of career choices on future lifestyles.

Random Logic GamesBirmingham's Random Logic Games is a startup founded by UAB Collat School of Business alumnus Andrew Stone and his business partner, Nick Sloan. Random Logic, which launched in 2012, is a quiet force in a booming industry. Its games have been downloaded more than 25 million times to iPhones, Android tablets and a host of other mobile devices around the world. The company’s Facebook page has more than 1 million likes. To meet the growing demands of success, the company is hiring another UAB graduate who interned at the company and considers it to be "a local treasure".

franks family portraitBlount County parents Woodrow and Margie Franks will watch the youngest of their six sons — who have all attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham — graduate this weekend. Each of the six Franks brothers has received an undergraduate degree from the university, spanning nearly two decades of studying at the campus.

Most business schools want their finance students to gain real-world experience. Not many give them half a million to do it.

LearningTheTradeFive hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars, to be specific, is what students manage in UAB’s Green and Gold Fund investment portfolio. “It’s not Monopoly money or Yahoo Finance,” says Andreas Rauterkus, Ph.D., the fund’s faculty adviser and associate professor of accounting and finance in the Collat School of Business. “These are actual dollars, and quite a few of them.”