DCP Alum Wins Top Spot in 2018 Gator100

The 2018 Gator100 was announced and DCP had 18 companies on the list, including three of the top ten and the top two overall.

The Gator100 recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world each year.

Congratulations to Michael Young of ACY Contractors, LLC for being named the top company in the Gator100. Frank Kendrick and NuJak Companies was number two on the list while Brittany Culbreth and Emerald C’s Development, Inc. came in at number six.

On Thursday, several of DCP’s Gator100 winners participated in a panel session at Rinker Hall attended by students, faculty and staff. Students submitted questions to the panelists and learned about the panelists’ entrepreneurial spirit, what they look for when hiring recent college graduates and their biggest challenges when going into business for themselves.

Here is the list of all of our DCP Alumni-led or owned companies that made the 2018 Gator100 list this year and where they ranked on that list. Congratulations. We are proud of all of you. Keep up the great work.

1. ACY Contractors, LLC (Michael Young, BSBC 97)
Established in 2004, ACY Contractors provides construction management, general and trade construction services for K-12, higher education, health care, federal and other niche markets. ACY delivers start-to-finish services for each client, from pre-construction to closeout, and values high-quality, safety and reliability for bid-build and design-build projects. ACY’s focus is on new and renovation commercial projects and its success is achieved through its seven core values.

2. NuJak Companies (Frank Kendrick, BBC 89)
NuJak Companies is one of the leading full-service, minority-certified, commercial construction companies in Florida. With offices in North, Central, South and Southwest Florida, the company specializes in providing pre-construction, construction management, design-build and general contracting services to clients in the K-12 and higher education, government, health care, religious, industrial and warehouse, recreational, and commercial and retail industries. 

6. Emerald C’s Development, Inc. (Brittany Culbreth, BSBC 06)
Emerald C’s Development is a full-service general contractor, specializing in interior build-out projects. It serves all markets, including corporate, health care, industrial, production, education, recreation and retail. Emerald C’s Development prides itself on being more than the typical contractor by utilizing innovative approaches and problem-solving to help clients make value-driven decisions. 

12. RedTeam Software (David Grabosky, BBC 84)
RedTeam Software, founded in 2006, offers a comprehensive, cloud-based solution for construction project management and accounting. Having been built by commercial construction industry veterans, RedTeam delivers real-time updates utilizing an intuitive social interface to enable construction teams to collaborate and communicate online at all stages of commercial construction projects.

13. Cabinets.com (Chris Larsen, BDES 04)
Cabinets.com is a nationwide online retailer of assembled and ready-to-assemble kitchen and bath cabinets, with offices in Tampa and Maitland. Cabinets.com provides free professional kitchen design services, including 3-D renderings, as well as detailed pricing and information. The company’s goal is to make buying cabinets easy and affordable, while offering more styles and options than any other online company. 

21. BoggsVickers (Travis Vickers, BDES 95, M.ARCH 97)
Imagine. Design. Build. Deliver. It’s from this premise BoggsVickers emerged in 2011 as a client-forward firm with one focus: create smart and responsive design. BoggsVickers was shaped to be intentional, yet fun; fresh, yet rooted in experience; inspirational, but not heavy on ego. In short, it gets to the point. The point where clients’ space meets unlimited architectural or interior design possibilities to deliver an environment where business thrives. 

29. Moss (Scott Moss, BSBC 96)
Moss is a privately held construction firm providing innovative solutions that have resulted in award-winning projects across the United States. It puts experience and entrepreneurial spirit to work across all areas of construction management, general contracting, design-build and public-private partnerships. 

36. KAST Construction Company (Michael Neal, BBC 79)
KAST Construction Company is an ENR top 400 contractor with a regional headquarters in Tampa. KAST operates across multiple markets in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. KAST is consistently ranked one of the best places to work in Florida. 

38. DeAngelis Diamond (John DeAngelis, BSBC 91; David Diamond, BBC 85)
DeAngelis Diamond is an innovative, award-winning, nationally recognized construction management firm with over 20 years of general contracting experience. DeAngelis Diamond specializes in commercial and health care construction, with a strong presence across the United States and in the Caribbean. DeAngelis Diamond is committed to building relationships and is one of America’s fastest-growing companies, according to Inc. 5000. 

39. Gulf Building, LLC (John Scherer, BSBC 00)
Founded in 1991, Gulf Building provides an innovative, integrated and hands-on approach to construction management and general contracting throughout South Florida and beyond. Celebrating 25 years in business, Gulf holds itself to a higher standard than most other construction firms, not only in the work it delivers but also with regard to the employees in which the company invests. Gulf’s foundation is based on integrity, quality and experience. 

43. Action Rentals, LLC (Bruno-Elias Ramos, BDES 82, M.ARCH 85)
Action Rentals is one of Florida’s largest independent equipment rental companies. Action Rentals has built a reputation for fast action, excellent service and the highest-quality equipment. Its professional staff strives to get clients the right equipment to get the job done. From compact aerial work platforms to multiple boom lifts and scissor lifts, Action has its clients covered.

52. eco Construction Inc. (Patrick Murray, MSBC 06)
Founded in 2010 by Patrick Murray and Mike Nail, eco Construction is a full-service general contracting and construction management firm. The business was built around a basic principle: commitment to clients, employees and communities. This is achieved by establishing and following a set of solid core values: commitment, service, honesty and environmental stewardship. 

64. J. Raymond Construction Corp. (John Sofarelli, Sr., BBC 81)
J. Raymond is a mid-sized contractor based in Central Florida. It specializes in commercial construction throughout the Southeast. Its experience includes retail, office, health care, non-profit and warehouse facilities. The firm has provided construction services for most of the major “big name” retailers and developers, and has supporters over $160 million in annual revenue.

70. Gast Construction Group (Allen Gast, BSBC 00)
Gast Construction Group is a full-service construction management firm specializing in commercial, residential and zoological construction, as well as property management. 

76. Hall Architects (Greg Hall, BDES 83, M.ARCH 86)
Hall Architects is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary firm specializing in architecture, design, historic preservation and planning. Its public and private sector projects have been recognized with awards at the local, state and national levels. The firm was founded in 2004. 

77. [STRANG] (Max Strang, BDES 94)
[STRANG] is well known for its preeminent modernist design. Founded in 1998, the firm has received many awards and international acclaim, including features in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Metropolis Magazine, AXXIS, Objekt International, Tropic and other media sources. The firm’s projects can be found in Florida and the Florida Keys, Colorado, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Caribbean and United Arab Emirates. 

88. Construction Specialties & Design (Don VanDemark, Sr., BBC 70)
Founded by Don and Phyllis VanDemark, Construction Specialties & Design started as a residential renovation company. It has since grown to a service maintenance company that encompasses six states. Construction Specialties services over nine major national corporations and continues to add new corporations each month. 

96. e-Builder (Jon Antevy, BDES 93, MSBC 94)
e-Builder is the leading provider of cloud-based construction project management software. The company’s flagship product, e-Builder Enterprise, improves project execution, resulting in increased productivity and quality, reduced costs and faster delivery. Since 1995, e-Builder’s technology, leadership and construction industry focus has provided thousands of companies, government agencies, and health care and educational institutions, managing over $100 billion in capital projects, with solutions.

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