Texas A&M Engineering entrepreneurs among Aggie 100

The 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world were recognized today (Oct. 25) at the 9th Annual Aggie 100 program, sponsored by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
 
The Aggie 100 focuses on growth as an indicator of job creation, product acceptance and entrepreneurial vision. Of the companies on the list, four of the Top 10 companies—Navidad Resources, Sabre Commercial, Tolteq and Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services—are owned by Texas A&M Engineering graduates and 45 of the 100 companies are owned by Aggie engineers.
 
The 2013 Aggie 100 list comes just one week after an international survey, the “Alma Mater Index: Global Executives” by London-based Times Higher Education, ranked Texas A&M first among all public universities in the United States that produced the most current chief executives of the world’s largest companies.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA, owned by chemical engineering graduate Dennis Seith '79, won the Summit Award for the highest three-year average revenue. This is the second year the Summit Award has been presented. 

“We are extremely proud of our former students and applaud the success of their entrepreneurial spirit,” said M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&M Engineering. “The foundation of engineering is built upon problem solving in new, innovative ways, so the number of engineers among the winners isn’t surprising; in fact, I suspect this will motivate and inspire our current students to find themselves among the Aggie 100 in the future.”

All Aggie engineers making the list: 

A-1 Rocket Industries
J. Ryan Zimmer '06, President
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering

Accent Wire Ltd.       
William Sims '89, Managing Director, Owner and Founder      
Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering
Master’s degree, Civil Engineering                                                                                                                                             
AgsReward   
Carey Hurst '96, Vice President of Marketing Operations, Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering    

AXYS Industrial Solutions
Chris May '91, COO and Partner
Bachelor’s degree, Chemical Engineering

Brazos Technology
Michael McAleer '92, President and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution

Catapult Systems
Andres Montz '90, COO and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Computer Science

Sam Goodner '90, CEO and Owner
Bachelor's degree, Computer Science

Cima Energy
Thomas K. Edwards '88, President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Petroleum Engineering

Comflow Mechanical Services
Jon Wiesmann '00, President and Owner
Bachelor's degree, Industrial Distribution

Cowboy Outfitters
John Adams '70, CEO and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Chemical Engineering

CSJ Engineering Associates
Howard Scott Colter '72, CEO, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering

DXS
Mike Donovan '97, Managing Partner
Bachelor’s degree, Chemical Engineering 

Emergent Professional Resources
Mike Janik '92, Vice President of Sales, Managing Partner, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Industrial Distribution

Employer Flexible        
Mike Greathouse '98, Co-CEO and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution                 

Energy XXI      
John D. Schiller Jr. '81, Chairman, CEO and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering          

EV Energy Partners
Mark Houser '83, President and CEO, and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Petroleum Engineering

Genesys Works
Rafael Alvarez '90, CEO and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Mechanical Engineering

GSD Construction    
Drew Ondrey '02, Partner and Owner
Bachelor's degree, Industrial Distribution

Houston Offshore Engineering
Philip Poll '88, Manager of Projects, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Aerospace Engineering

Ngok Lai '72 Manager of Operations, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Civil Engineering

Jun Zou  '97, Manager of Naval Architecture, Owner and Founder
Master's degree and Ph.D., Ocean Engineering

Improving Enterprises                 
Curtis Hite '91, CEO, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Computer Science

KFW Engineers
George Weron '97, Principal and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Craig Fletcher '97, Principal and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering

KFW Surveying
Blaine Lopez '96, President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering

George Weron '97, CEO, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Craig Fletcher '97, CEO, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering

Laredo Energy 
Glenn Hart '78, CEO and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering       

Scott Stevenson '84, Vice President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering         

LCM Industries
Tommy Crume '96, President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution

LINN Energy
Mark E. Ellis '79, Chairman, President and CEO
Bachelor's degree, Petroleum Engineering

Monico Monitoring      
Doyle Taylor '82, President and CEO, and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution

Navidad Resources 
Harold McGowen III '82, President and CEO, and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering

Nextera Communications
Greg Arvig '85, President and CEO, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Engineering Technology                                                                                                                

Opportune 
Matt Flanagan '90, Partner and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Aerospace Engineering

OriGen Biomedical
Richard Martin Jr. '71, CEO, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering        

Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services         
Ryan Sitton '97, President and CEO, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering                   

ReCraft Construction Services and Green Remodeling
Brent Farrell '92, President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution

RICHER Supply Chain Solutions
Ermilo Richer III '04, CEO and Director
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering

Roku
Anthony Wood '87, CEO and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Electrical Engineering

Sabre Commercial
John P. Cryier '95, President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Service Nation         
Matt Michel '83, Chairman, President and CEO, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Technology

Spiars Engineering
John Spiars '89, President, Owner and Founder        
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering

Tim Spiars '90, CEO and Owner
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering     

Kevin Wier '98, Partner and Owner
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering

Matt Dorsett '92, Partner and Owner
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering                                                                                          

Structured Foundation Repairs
Thomas M. Kidd '82, President and Owner
Bachelor's degree, Petroleum Engineering

Team Trident
Rick Restivo '92, Vice President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Engineering Technology

Tex-Star Water Services LLC          
Grant Swartzwelder '85, President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering         

The Payton Company
Richard Payton '84, President and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering

Tolteq
Paul Deere '92, President and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Electrical Engineering                                                                                                                                
Trilliant Surgical
Jon Olson '00, President, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Biomedical Engineering

Chad Steitle '98, Managing Partner, Owner and Founder
Bachelor's degree, Biomedical Engineering

Veritas Building Consultants
Donald J. Cunningham '62, Founder and Owner
Bachelor's degree, Civil Engineering                                                                                         

Ward, Getz & Associates LLP           
Ryan Getz '00, Partner and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering                    

Steven Ward '00, Partner and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering   

Stephanie Anderson '05, Partner and Owner
Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering  

Wildhorse Resources
Jay Graham '92, President and Founder 
Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering

Anthony Bahr, CEO and Founder
Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering