UF honors the Gator100
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- An elite class of University of Florida alumni returned to campus.
Honorees - along with family, friends and university administrators - gathered on campus today to celebrate the successes of 100 alumni leading their companies to success.
"It's in response to this explosion of entrepreneurship across the University of Florida campus," Nola Miyasaki explains.
Miyasaki, who is the executive director of outreach for the Center for Innovation, says the goal was to include alumni and all of the "gator nation."
The Gator100 represent 15 of the 16 colleges at the university.
To make the cut, businesses had to: be open for a minimum of five years and make annual revenues above $100,000.
Alumni were required to: own 50 percent or more of the company, serve as a chief executive or be a founder and continue to serve as senior leadership.
"Gator number 2," Rob Alday, says the inaugural event is more about students.
"It really creates a buzz and helps students see there is an opportunity for entrepreneurship," he said.
One honoree, who received his undergraduate and M.B.A. at Florida, charges the "gators" of today to do one thing...
"Never give up...whatever your dreams are reach for them." He says you'll probably achieve more than you expect even if you fail.
Miyasaki hopes the effects of the event go beyond the event itself.
"We wanted [alumni] to come back to campus so we could not only honor them but we could introduce them to students."
Administrators believe the honorees will get engaged with programs on campus - an effort to keep alumni as an active part of the "Gator Nation."
View the entire list: http://gator100.ufl.edu/mediakit/2015-Gator100-Ranked-List.pdf
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