If you’re a Sun Devil who owns or leads a business or nonprofit agency, then the ASU Alumni Association is looking for you. Nominations are being accepted now through Nov. 16 for Sun Devil 100, an annual awards program that recognizes the fastest growing ASU alum owned or led businesses and organizations annually.
Now in its fifth year, the Sun Devil 100 recognizes a diverse range of industries from service businesses such as advertising and marketing agencies to consumer product businesses such as beverage companies to organizations from the nonprofit sector. Businesses honored have included China Mist, DeLille Cellars, Derma Health, Dircks Moving & Logistics, Hint, Payscout and SEED SPOT.
“ASU alumni have created and guided some of the most innovative and successful businesses and organizations around the world,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, president & CEO of the Alumni Association. “The Sun Devil 100 recognizes organizations from any sector that demonstrate innovation, growth and the entrepreneurial spirit reflective of ASU’s transformative charter. Through this program, ASU’s entrepreneurs share their expertise with the Sun Devil network.”
The Sun Devil 100 Class of 2018 collectively generated $8.5 billion total revenue, employed 24,482 people, had a median growth rate of 41 percent and are based in eight states. The ASU alums at the helm of these organizations graduated as recently as 2016 with the earliest graduating in 1969.
To be considered for the Sun Devil 100, companies must be Sun Devil-owned or -led, been in business for at least three years, shown revenues of more than $250,000 in a calendar year, and operate in a manner consistent with the ASU Charter.
Potential Sun Devil 100 honorees can be self nominated or nominated by others. Once a nomination is received, the ASU alum will be notified and additional information requested.
“The ASU Alumni Association recognizes the entrepreneurial excellence of its alumni through the Sun Devil 100 program,” Wilkinson said. “The program celebrates the innovation of ASU alumni who propel entrepreneurial ideas forward.”
Nominations for the Class of 2019 are being accepted through Nov. 16 through an online form.