Each year, the ASU Alumni Association recognizes leaders of organizations from around the world that demonstrate innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit. Companies of all sizes, from individual business owners to large corporations, spanning dozens of industries are honored at the annual awards program.

Honorees are invited back to campus in the spring to connect with fellow Sun Devil business leaders, meet ASU executives and deans and interact with aspiring student entrepreneurs. By applying to become a part of the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2022, you are connecting back to your alma mater. Previous honorees have been invited to be featured speakers and guests for ASU events, serve as board members, featured in ASU news and on social media channels, create relationships with college units and build relationships.

Now in its eighth year, the Sun Devil 100 is adapting the program’s recognition model to honor the fastest-growing businesses in three financial tiers. Sun Devil owned and led businesses who are selected to become a part of the Class of 2022 will be notified in February 2022.

  • Eligible companies will be ranked by their percentage increase in gross sales/revenue for 2018, 2019 and 2020.  
  • Based on the calculations, eligible companies will be listed by growth rate from the highest to the lowest in each of the three financial tiers. Companies will be placed in one of the financial tiers based on the company’s revenues from 2020.
    • Revenues of $250,000–$1.999 million
    • Revenues of $2 million–$9.999 million
    • Revenues of $10 million+
  • All companies will be inducted into the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2022 and the top fastest-growing companies in each of the three tiers will be specially recognized.

Applications and nominations are now open! 
If you are interested in applying to be a part of Sun Devil 100 or you know a Sun Devil who owns or leads a successful company, click on the “Application and Criteria” tab for more information.
 

Apply

Interested in applying for the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2022? You can apply today! The application deadline is Tuesday, November 30 at 5 p.m.

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Nominate

Do you know a Sun Devil who owns or leads a successful company that has been in business for at least three years? If so, nominate them today and the ASU Alumni Association will reach out to them for more information and to see if they are interested in applying for the Class of 2022.

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Confidentiality and verification notice: If your company is recognized as a Sun Devil 100 honoree, the following information may be published in the Phoenix Business Journal and may be included in other articles, media releases and university reports: Sun Devil 100 ranking, company name, year founded, company address, business description, website, number of employees, growth rate, financial tier, name/degree/college/class year(s) of ASU owner(s)/leader(s), and a statement as required on the application below. All other information about companies inducted into Sun Devil 100 will be kept confidential.


Listed below is information about the application process and criteria to be a part of Sun Devil 100. 

Application process

  • Review the criteria for the program. 
  • Fill out the application.
  • Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed for eligibility requirements. You will be contacted if additional information is required.
  • Once eligibility has been established, all applicants will receive additional information on how to submit financial records. Financial records are submitted to a third-party financial advisor, Henry+Horne, for independent review. This information is self-reported by companies and is kept confidential.
  • A copy of the company’s financial records from the previous three calendar years is required to determine eligibility. For the Class of 2022, records from 2018, 2019 and 2020 will be required.
  • Specific financial records and information will be kept confidential. However, companies will be segmented into one of the three financial tiers to determine the rankings of the fastest growing businesses per tier.

Criteria

To be considered, a business leader must follow these guidelines:

  • The company must operate in a manner consistent with the ASU Charter in the areas of inclusion, impact on public good and responsibility to the community:
    • The ASU Charter, adopted in 2014, is the blueprint to the transformation into the New American University: ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.
  • The company must be Sun Devil owned or led, meaning owned by an ASU graduate or led in an executive position by an ASU graduate. This includes graduates from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
  • The company must have generated verifiable revenues of $250,000 or more in each of the calendar years: 2018, 2019, 2020; or each of the fiscal years ending in: 2018, 2019, 2020.
  • The company must have been in business for at least three calendar years: 2018, 2019, 2020; or three fiscal years ending in: 2018, 2019, 2020.

View the entire Sun Devil 100 archive here.

Rank Number

Company

Name

Degree

Title

71

Knife & Fork Media Group

Susie Timm '00 BA political science

Owner, founder

72

The Deneau Law Firm PLLC

Kindra Deneau '00 BA psychology, '05 JD

Founding attorney

24

DermaplanePro Inc.

Rikki Kusy '00 BAE education

Founder, CEO

45

Pinnacle Growth Advisors

Brent Orsuga '00 BIS communication and business

President, founder

55

S.E.E.K. Arizona LLC

Jessie Gillam '00 BS psychology

Chief clinical officer

90

Steve LeVine Entertainment LLC

Jamie LeVine '01 BS communication

Co-owner

38

Sundt Construction Inc.

Ryan Abbott '01 BS construction, '08 MBA

Senior vice president

79

Circle Design Studio LLC

Theresa Dorlini '01 BS design

Principal interior designer, creative director

29

Wilson Engineers LLC

Uday Gandhe '01 MBA

Principal

61

World Motors

Tyler Thompson '02 BA communication

Owner

10

Ybarra Maldonado Law Group

Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado '02 BA religious studies

Owner

10

Ybarra Maldonado Law Group

Angeles J. Maldonado '02 BS justice studies, '05 MPA, '13 PhD education leadership and policy studies

CEO

85

Print.Save.Repeat.

Errol Berry '02 BS supply chain management

CEO

33

Adopt Technologies LLC

Brett Helgeson '02 MBA

President, managing partner, CEO

9

Willmeng Construction

Keyvan Ghahreman '02 MS construction management

Director of client and preconstruction services

89

Adsport Inc.

Gary Knudson '03 BA communication

Founder, CEO

20

360 Industrial Services

Eric Ganz '03 BA communication

Managing partner, co-founder

55

S.E.E.K. Arizona LLC

Jessica Irwin '03 BA psychology, '03 BA sociology, '11 MEd curriculum and instruction

Founder, CEO

35

Thorpe Shwer PC

Brad Shwer '03 JD

Co-founding partner

53

Tiempo Acquisition Corporation (dba Tiempo Inc.)

Cliff Schertz '03 MBA

President, founder, CEO

92

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Jessica Whitney '04 BA communication

Vice president

26

Pilot Freight Services

Kyle Reardon '04 BS finance, '04 BS management, '07 MBA

Franchise CFO

25

SeaBay Building Group LLC

Vince Switzer '04 BS supply chain management, '07 MBA

Co-founder, CEO

5

Casa Unlimited Enterprises Inc.

Joya Kizer '04 BS zoology

President, CEO

79

Circle Design Studio LLC

John Dorlini '04 MArch architecture

Principal architect

97

Dayo Inc. (KOI Education)

Yadira Flores '04 MEd educational psychology

Chief academic officer

6

PC Sportscards

Joshua Cohen '05 BA business administration, small business sales and marketing

Partner, owner

52

Colling Media LLC

Brian Colling '05 BIS interdisciplinary studies

Owner, CEO

25

SeaBay Building Group LLC

J. Armando Martinez '05 BS construction management

COO

4

Freestar

David Freedman '05 BS real estate

Founder

8

SLP Toolkit LLC

Sarah Bevier '05 BS speech and hearing, '12 MS in communication disorders

Co-founder

13

Design Pickle LLC

Russ Perry '05 industrial design and human communications

Founder, CEO

74

Navigate

AJ Maestas '05 MBA marketing

Founder

16

Muscular Moving Men LLC (M3 Commercial Moving & Logistics LLC)

Justin Hodge '06 BA journalism and mass communication

President, co-founder

81

StatBroadcast

Nathan Policar '06 BS computer information systems, '09 MBA

President, managing partner, founder

78

Going GreenHouse LLC

April Prothero '06 BS finance

Founder, CEO

93

Technical Solutions

Prescott Smith '06 BS marketing, '12 MBA

Vice president

64

Apex Appraisal Service

Greg Bernstein '06 BS marketing, ’09 MBA

COO

82

Fan Interactive Marketing

Joel McFadden '06 MBA

COO

100

Tabar Meeting Production Management Inc.

Bartholomew F. Alazio '07 BIS interdisciplinary studies

Vice president, owner

66

Landings Credit Union

Brian Lee '07 BS accountancy

President, CEO

85

Print.Save.Repeat.

Jesse Berry '07 BS computer information systems

CIO

46

Shayne R. Neuwirth CPA PLLC

Joanna M. Yergler '07 BS marketing

Director of tax

36

Small Giants LLC

Jana Berrelleza '07 BSD graphic design

Art director

37

The Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate LLC

Tanner Milne '07 MBA

President

39

E & G Real Estate Services

Ben Ellis '08 BA communication

Designated broker, owner

11

Innovative Discovery Holdings LLC

Kimothy Taylor '08 BLS liberal studies, '13 MBA

CEO

88

ICAN

Shelby Pedersen '08 MPA

CEO

97

Dayo Inc. (KOI Education)

Daniel Gulchak '08 PhD curriculum and instruction (special education)

Vice president, education and research

19

Fyresite

Jason Turnquist '09 BIS interdisciplinary arts and sciences, informatics

Co-founder, CEO

96

PXL Bros LLC

Matthew Michalowski '09 BS finance

President, founder

21

Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup

Aaron Pool '09 BS management

Owner

18

Total Care Connections

Danielle Stringer '09 BS nursing, '10 MS nursing (pediatric NP)

Director of nursing

58

Tyler Allen Law Firm PLLC

Tyler Allen '09 JD

Owner

33

Adopt Technologies LLC

Ryan Treisman '10 BA sustainability, '18 MS global technology and development

Partner, CTO

85

Print. Save. Repeat.

Klint McInturff '10 BS marketing

Vice president of marketing

36

Small Giants LLC

Jennifer Glitsos '10 BSD architectural studies

Director of operations

7

High Rock Accounting PLLC

Melissa Diaz '10 Master of Accountancy

CFO

7

High Rock Accounting PLLC

Liz Mason '10 MS information management

Founder, CEO

32

The Coaches Group LLC

Johnathan Chase Williams '11 BA political science

Co-founder

69

Phoenix Internet (dba Gutierrez-Palmenberg Inc.)

Andrew Gutierrez '11 BS economics

President, CEO

85

Print.Save.Repeat.

Christopher Van Egmond '11 BS marketing

Marketing and systems

22

FOR Energy

Sean McGraw '11 BS sustainability

Founder, CEO

30

Fit Body Boot Camp

Benjamin Jones '11 dietetics nutrition

Owner

76

August United

Jackie Crynes '12 BS marketing

Managing director, chief strategy officer

1

Pocket Your Dollars

Anthony Sarandrea '13 BS management

President, partner, managing partner, owner, founder, co-founder, CEO

11

Innovative Discovery Holdings LLC

Jamie Neilon '13 MBA

Vice president of information technology

98

Optima Consulting LLC

Shaney Salomon '14 BIS interdisciplinary studies, human and family development and small business

CEO

56

Fort Lowell Realty Inc.

Bob Collopy '14 BS marketing

Associate broker, owner

60

BuybackBoss.com

Jack Wight '15 BS marketing

CEO

86

Catholic Charities Community Services Inc.

Paul S. Mulligan '15 MBA executive

President, CEO

78

Going GreenHouse LLC

Emily Rowe '16 BFA art (ceramics)

Director of human resources

73

DeLille Cellars LLC

Jay A. Soloff '73 BA education (political science)

President, co-founder

94

Aspen Communications LLC (dba Aspen Engineering & Construction)

Sheila Kano Richardson '74 BA secondary education (history)

Executive vice president, CFO

50

A New Leaf

Michael T. Hughes '75 BA education

President, CEO

34

Louis A. Silverman PC

Louis A. Silverman '75 BS business and real estate

Owner

12

ADM Group Inc.

Ben Barcon '76 BS construction management

Principal

93

Technical Solutions

Susan Bitter Smith '77 BS business administration, '82 MBA

President

86

Catholic Charities Community Services Inc.

James Robbins '78 BSE industrial engineering, '83 MBA

Chief administrative officer

67

Dircks Moving & Logistics

Chip Dircks '80 BS management

President

47

Duffy Group Inc.

Kathleen Duffy '81 BA communication

President, CEO

62

Colliers International

Bob Mulhern '81 BS business, '83 MBA

Senior managing director in Greater Phoenix

67

Dircks Moving & Logistics

Rick Dircks '82 BS marketing

Executive vice president

9

Willmeng Construction

Michael J. Mongelli '83 BS construction

President

31

A.R. Mays Construction Inc.

Adam R. Mays '83 BS construction engineering

President

87

Petti and Briones PLLC

Frederick R. Petti '83 BS history

Partner

86

Catholic Charities Community Services Inc.

Stephen E. Capobres '84 BS quantitative business analysis, '91 MPA

Vice president of business development

70

The Feldman Agency

Wendy Feldman, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CLTC '84 MA organizational communication

Financial advisor, owner

3

B & B Pet Products LLC

Greg McMillan '85 BS finance

Owner, founder

44

DGM Ventures Inc.

Greg McMillan '85 BS finance

Owner, founder

95

Delkin Devices Inc.

Martin Wood '85 BS marketing

President, founder, CEO

86

Catholic Charities Community Services Inc.

Catherine A. Brummet-Peterson '85 MSW social work

Executive director of Northern Arizona

68

Company Nurse LLC

Paul Binsfeld '87 BS finance

President, founder

99

Integrated Accounting Services LLC

Michael Warren '87 BS finance

President, owner

59

Bumble Bee Air Conditioning Inc.

Lisa Bayne '88 BA political science

Owner

87

Petti and Briones PLLC

Patricia Lane Briones '88 BS finance

Partner

15

Hint Inc.

Kara Goldin '89 BA communication

Founder, CEO

54

Brooks Winery

Janie Brooks Heuck '89 BS accounting

Managing director

29

Wilson Engineers LLC

Stephen Todd '90 BS chemical engineering

Principal

40

Chasse Building Team Inc.

Barry Chasse '91 BS construction (general building construction)

President, founder

84

Benefits by Design Inc.

Kristine Kassel '91 BS family resources and human development

President

75

Child Crisis Arizona

Torrie A. Taj '91 BS psychology

CEO

97

Dayo Inc. (KOI Education)

Angel Jannasch-Pennell '91 BS sociology, '94 MA special education, '96 PhD curriculum and instruction (special education)

President, CEO

83

TTI Success Insights Inc.

Rick Bowers '92 BS marketing

President

49

Lee & Associates Arizona Commercial Real Estate Services Co.

R. Craig Coppola '92 MBA

Founding principal

42

True Story Films LLC

Cary Truelick '93 BA broadcasting

Director, executive producer

43

Christophel & Hagan Ltd

Samantha Hagan '93 BS accounting

Partner, CPA

29

Wilson Engineers LLC

Michael Johnson Jr. '93 BSE civil engineering, '95 MSE civil engineering

Principal

65

U and Improved

Jodi Low '94 BA communication

Founder, CEO

36

Small Giants LLC

Danielle Feroleto '94 BA journalism, '98 Master of Mass Communication

President, owner

77

Tallwave LLC

Jeffrey Pruitt '94 BS accountancy

CEO, founder

23

Amerisource HR Consulting Group LLC

Camille Eccles French '94 BS business management

Founder, CEO

17

Press Coffee

Jason Kyle '94 BS marketing

Co-owner

14

SwitchThink Solutions, a subsidiary of Desert Financial Credit Union

Wayne Oleksak '94 MBA

Vice president, member experience and innovation

80

Asquared Studios (A2 Studios Inc.)

Tony Garcia '95 BSD architectural studies

Principal architect, co-founder

80

Asquared Studios (A2 Studios Inc.)

Jessie Whitesides '95 BSD architectural studies

Principal architect, co-founder

57

Bushtex Inc.

Adelaida Velasco Severson '95 MMC, '06 PhD public administration

President, CEO

28

Evolve Public Relations & Marketing

Jennifer Kaplan '96 BA communication

Owner, founder

69

Phoenix Internet (dba Gutierrez-Palmenberg Inc.)

Gilbert Gutierrez '96 BS chemical engineering

Vice president, owner

51

BackFit Health + Spine

Radi Rahiminejad '96 BS psychology

President, CEO

29

Wilson Engineers LLC

Philip Noonan IV '96 BSE civil engineering

Principal

92

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Laura Capello '97 BA journalism

President, CEO

91

LeVangie Law Group (LeVangie Long Loorz & Malone)

Jeffery Long '97 BS political science

Managing partner

86

Catholic Charities Community Services Inc.

CarrieLynn A. Mascaro '97 BS psychology

Vice president of central program operations

8

SLP Toolkit LLC

Lisa Kathman '97 MS communication disorders

Co-founder

48

SparkPoint Studio LLC

Crystal Lee Patriarche '98 BA journalism

CEO

2

Lever1 and Lever2

Erica Brune '98 BA theatre

President, co-founder

27

Skin Script Skin Care

Lisa VanBockern '98 BS accountancy, computer information systems

Owner

31

A.R. Mays Construction Inc.

Brian Reed '98 BS construction

Vice president preconstruction

9

Willmeng Construction

James P. Murphy '98 BS construction, '09 MS construction

CEO

63

Venezia's NY Style Pizzeria

Domenick Montanile '98 BS purchasing/logistics management

President, owner

90

Steve LeVine Entertainment LLC

Steve LeVine '99 BIS interdisciplinary

Co-owner

41

Point in Time Studios

Rami Kalla '99 BS business, '99 BA Spanish

President

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