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The 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.

The awardees were honored at a luncheon on Friday, June 24, 2016 at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

This year, the NAS was excited to introduce a new streamlined survey process to make nominations quicker and easier for business leaders. 

The NAS is also proud to welcome Warren Averett as our survey and revenue verification partner.  The survey is confidential and information provided by business leaders will only be accessible to Warren Averett.

Meet the Class of 2016 Excellence in Business Top 25 recipients HERE.

The National Alumni Society also recognized the top three fastest growing companies among the honorees during the event.  For the first time, the companies were divided into two categories - companies with revenue under $10 million and companies with revenue over $10 million.  They were determined based on cumulative growth percentages of revenue over the three most recent reporting periods.

The 2016 fastest growing UAB businesses with revenues under $10 million were:

Cortina Consulting Group, LLC • Edwina Musante • 113% cumulative growth
Arlington Capital Advisors • Vann Russell • 188% cumulative growth
SportsManias • Tim Stephens • 212% cumulative growth

The 2016 fastest growing UAB businesses with revenues over $10 million were:

Quality Correctional Health Care, Inc. • Dr. Johnny E. Bates •  31% cumulative growth
Bhate Environmental Associates • Sam Bhate •  34% cumulative growth
PT Solutions Physical Therapy • Dale Yake • 43% cumulative growth

Class of 2016

Weily Soong, M.D. - Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center
D. Bruce Irwin, M.D. - American Family Care
Vann Russell - Arlington Capital Advisors, LLC
Joseph M. Patti, Ph.D. - Aviragen Therapeutics, Inc.
Sam Bhate - Bhate Environmental Associates, Inc.
Kerri Bailey - Child'sPlay Therapy Center, LLC
John Anderson, M.D. - Clinical Research Center of Alabama
Edwina Musante - Cortina Consulting Group, LLC
J. Don Williams - Employment Screening Services/ESS
Denise Graham - Graham & Associates CPAs
Valerie R. Leonard - Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial
Kayce Dover - HIM Connections, LLC
Steven Lamar Reid - Industrial Environmental Systems, Inc.
Brian A. Stone, M.D. - Jasper Urology Associates
Lewis W. Cummings, III - Omega Realty Group, LLC
Dale Yake - PT Solutions Physical Therapy
Johnny E. Bates, M.D. - Quality Correctional Health Care
Tim Stephens - SportsManias
Blake Pittman - Taylor Burton Company, Inc.
Robin L. Bailey - The Legacy Connection
Joy O'Neal - The Red Barn
Ken R. Taunton - The Royster Group, Inc.
Larry Youngblood - The Stewart Organization
Tanner Allen - TJC Mortgage, Inc.
Joseph Meadow, IV - TJC Mortgage, Inc.
William Morthland - TJC Mortgage, Inc.
Courtney Duff-Harrison - West Alabama Therapy, LLC

UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 eligibility requirements:

1. Company must be owned, managed, or founded by a UAB graduate who meets one of the following:

  • A UAB graduate or group of graduates must have owned 50% or more of the company during the most recent eligible period.
  • A UAB graduate must have served on the most senior leadership or regional/division leadership team (chairman, CEO, president, partner, vice president, broker, etc.) during the eligible period.
  • A UAB graduate must have founded the company and remained as an active member of the senior leadership management team during the eligible period.

2. Company must have been in operation for a minimum of 3 years prior to December 31, 2015.

3. Company revenues must be at least $150,000 for its most recent 12-month reporting period.

For questions regarding the award program, please contact Greg Berry at gtberry@uab.edu or 205.934.3555.

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