Letter from the UGA Alumni Association President

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Vic Sullivan

Champions. In a word, a fitting way to describe the Georgia Bulldogs. During the past five years University of Georgia athletic teams have won 11 National Championships and 17 Southeastern Conference titles, while regularly ranking among the nation’s most successful athletics programs. As great as such accomplishments are, there’s another way to measure our success—and that’s by the achievements of our school’s graduates.

To kick off 2010, the Alumni Association held the inaugural “Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses” awards banquet. More than 400 companies owned or managed by UGA grads were nominated and ranked, and the fastest growing 100 were recognized at a Jan. 30 celebration at Atlanta’s InterContinental Hotel. This event was several years in the planning and its success was a result of a lot of hard work by many of your fellow UGA alumni.

Through the planning process we wondered what the results would show, which of our colleges would have nominees, and how the current economic cycle would impact the characterization of this year’s winners. As the final results were tabulated, the Bulldog 100’s far-reaching impact became clear, as nearly every school and college on campus had winning representatives.

The range of businesses and their industries showed extraordinary breadth as recipients were health care, legal services, technology, retail, real estate, financial services, construction, and manufacturing professionals. The growth rates that several firms exhibited had some people saying, “What recession?”

It’s clear that when it comes to being champions, UGA’s greatest accomplishments are occurring off the courts and playing fields, and in the everyday arenas where the University of Georgia is preparing graduates for lifetimes of competition and excellence.

Congratulations to this year’s “Fastest Growing Bulldog Business,” Hitson Land and Timber Management Inc. of Port Orange, Fla., and owner Greg Hitson (BSFR ’94). I hope to see your company next year on the 2011 list.

Winning titles in athletics is a thrilling experience and we all hope for more, but when it comes to the true purpose of a university, our graduates win honors of even greater importance every day.

—Vic Sullivan (BBA ’80), president, UGA Alumni Association