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01.28.2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Bulldog 100!

This past Saturday, the UGA Alumni Association and more than 700 alumni and friends celebrated the fourth annual Bulldog 100 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. This signature event recognizes the 100 fastest growing alumni-owned or -operated businesses around the globe. This year’s class once again set the bar extremely high with more than 50 industries represented.

Several notable alumni graced the crowd with their presence at the event. Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jere Morehead (JD ’80) provided attendees with an update on the University. There were quite a few “wows” from the crowd when he shared that the current freshman class had an average GPA higher than 3.8 when they applied to UGA. Provost  Morehead was followed by Brunswick native A.D. “Pete” Correll (BBA ’63), the chairman of Atlanta Equity Investors and chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Correll’s keynote address was filled with humorous stories from his time in Athens and memories of Georgia-Pacific’s challenges throughout the years.

Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen (GH&I) coordinated the ranking of the businesses this year. Before the final rankings were announced, GH&I representative John Shurley (BBA ‘77) educated the crowd about the incredible growth these businesses have seen over the past few years. The average compound annual growth rate for the class was 39 percent while the top 10 saw an astounding 111 percent. Those are staggering figures, especially considering the sluggish economy in which the the Bulldog 100 have been operating.

The Student Alumni Council then took the stage and began counting down the final rankings. The top 10 honorees for 2013 were:

  1. Hitson Land and Timber Management, Inc. – Greg Hitson (BSFR '94)
  2. Mom Corps – Allison O'Kelly (BBA ’94)
  3. Sovereign Systems – George Barkley (BBA '94), Matt Cadogan (BBA '96), Michael Hunsucker (BBA '91)
  4. The Leaders Lyceum – Keith Eigel (MS '95, PHD '98)
  5. jobTopia – Anthony Moore (BBA '93)
  6. EvoShield – Bob Pinckney (BBA '82)
  7. Athens Fitness & MMA – Rory Singer (BSBE '99), Adam Singer (BSBE '98, MS '07)
  8. Stadion Money Management, Inc. – Tim Chapman (matriculate '82)
  9. Social and Dish Boutiques – Laura Lanier (BA '00)
  10. Needle Solutions – Joshua Needle (BBA '99)

To view the complete list, please click here.

The Bulldog 100 is one of the UGA Alumni Association’s largest events of the year. I want to thank all of the individuals who made this event a success – everyone from our Alumni Association staff members, to the administration, the Student Alumni Council, and of course, the alumni who run these companies. The night was an amazing display of the caliber of UGA graduates working around the world. I am already looking forward to next year’s event. Nominations have opened online, so go ahead and start thinking about who should be considered for next year’s Bulldog 100!

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10.22.2014

Bulldogs in the Sunshine State

Southern California is known for its beaches, beautiful weather and the glamour of Hollywood, but the Sunshine State has a touch of Bulldog, topo. With more than 3,535 UGA alumni, Southern California is home to a host of alumni and alumni-owned businesses. 

A beer tap made from a Harley engine? Check. An annual Halloween party that includes a strait jacket escape contest and something called the Dead Marionette Theater? Check. A Johnny Cash shrine? Sure! All these elements and more come together to create the Gasser Lounge, a rock n’ roll bar located in Redondo Beach, California, the pride of owner Mike Bouchard (BBA ’03).

Serving as the Southern California Chapter’s game watching party venue, the Gasser Lounge hosts an energetic crew of football devotees every week for an indoor tailgating experience unlike any other, complete with a red leather interior and a special surprise after every Dawgs touchdown, served up by bartender Bouchard.

Bouchard and his bar aren’t the only ones keeping the Southern California Chapter entertained, however.

  

M. Ali Salimi (BBA ’03), president of the chapter, is an esteemed attorney who lived in Switzerland and London before beginning his own firm in Irvine.

Outside of work, Salimi opts for a hobby that’s a little less serious - gracing the stages of comedy clubs across the region. 

The UGA Alumni Association is proud of your accomplishments, Mike and Ali! Continue keeping the Southern California Chapter interesting.

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10.21.2014

2014-2015 Signature Lecture Series

Guest Blogger: Meg Amstutz, Ph.D. 
Associate Provost for Academic Programs

UGA is now highlighting a number of premier lectures through its new Signature Lectures designation, designed to help focus attention on the variety of prominent thinkers visiting campus.

When I first came to UGA in 1997, one thing I missed from my prior institution was the twice-yearly notice of its endowed lecture series. At the beginning of each semester, the arrival of the list of upcoming lectures would prompt my fellow graduate students and me to mark our calendars and chat with friends and colleagues about the topics that interested us most. Faculty across campus encouraged students to attend these lectures, and they often incorporated the work of the speakers into the classes they were teaching.    

In 2013-2014, more than 50 individual lectures were listed on UGA’s Master Calendar, signaling the strong level of intellectual activity taking place. At the same time, this long list signaled an opportunity to reframe these offerings conceptually, so that students and faculty might more easily mark the dates, participate and engage in classroom discussion together.

To that end, we have launched the UGA Signature Lectures, featuring speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. This special designation recognizes a number of UGA’s endowed lectures, including the Gregory Lecture and the Mason Public Leadership Lecture, as well as lectures with historic significance on our campus, such as the Louise McBee Lecture, the Holmes-Hunter Lecture, and UGA’s Founders Day Lecture.

I am grateful to those who have chosen to endow lectures, because these Signature Lectures are one of the best ways for students to discover that they are truly part of a larger, international intellectual conversation.

For a full list of the 2014-2015 Signature Lecture, please click here.

The UGA Alumni Association will hold the 2015 Founders Day Lecture at the Chapel on Tuesday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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10.20.2014

Alumna Spotlight: Christy Hulsey (ABJ '98)

Bulldog 100 and 40 Under 40 honoree Christy Hulsey (ABJ ’98) lives a busy life as owner and creative director of Colonial House of Flowers in Statesboro, Georgia. 

Hulsey’s work, inspired by her grandmother, is self-described as “timeless elegance that is ethereal and moody.” The majority of her designs feature unusual materials, such as pinecones and berries - something that caught the attention of both Pottery Barn and White House staff. Hulsey’s shop was selected to launch Pottery Barn's 2014 summer brand, and her floral designs were displayed at the White House in 2013.

A regular on Pottery Barn’s Have and Hold wedding blog, Hulsey informs brides-to-be on the art of creating flower girl halos, cake stand centerpieces and seashore-inspired tablescapes.

Hulsey enjoys opportunitues to work with fellow UGA alumni. She began her relationship with Pottery Barn after the floral arrangements she designed for friend and fellow Grady graduate Linsay Cheney Rudd’s (ABJ ’08) wedding were noticed by the blog. Hulsey also uses her friends in various photo shoots for Pottery Barn, including one for a driftwood lantern centerpiece tutorial that features Lea Lanier (BSED ’99).

  

In 2013, Colonial House of Flowers, generously donated flowers to UGA Day in Statesboro. She also gifted each 2014 40 Under 40 honorees with a red rose after the awards ceremony.

Congratulations on your success, Christy! The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to many more years of your beautiful designs.

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