Texas A&M Engineering entrepreneurs among Aggie 100

Aggie 100-Icon _PBCNVE.RGB-WebThe 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world were recognized recently at the 10th 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, three of the Top 10 companies — Southern Green Builders, NRI, Inc., and Team Trident LLC — are owned or led by Texas A&M Engineering graduates and 29 of the 100 companies are owned or led by Aggie engineers.

CIMA ENERGY, LTD., owned by petroleum engineering graduate Thomas K. Edwards ’87, won the Summit Award for the highest three-year average revenue. This is the third year the Summit Award has been presented.

“We are extremely proud of our former students and applaud the success of their entrepreneurial spirit,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&M Engineering. “This recognition will motivate and inspire our current students who may someday find themselves among the Aggie 100 in the future.”

All Aggie engineers making the list (company ranking in parenthesis)

Southern Green Builders (2)

Drew Ondrey ’02, Owner, Partner

Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution

NRI, Inc. (3)

Harold E. McGowen III ’82, President and CEO, and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering

Team Trident LLC (6)

Rick Restivo ’91, Vice President, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Engineering Technology

Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services (15)

Ryan Sitton ’97, President & CEO, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering

A-1 Rocket Industries, Inc. (19)

J. Ryan Zimmer ’06, President

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Ward, Getz & Associates, LLP (23)

Ryan Getz ’01, Partner and Owner

Bachelor’s degree Civil Engineering

Steven Ward ’01, Partner and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Stephanie Anderson ’05, Partner and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Houston Offshore Engineering (25)

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

WildHorse Resources, LLC (27)

Jay Graham ’92, President and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering

Anthony Bahr ’91, CEO and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering

LCM Industries, Inc. (28)

Tommy Crume ’96, President, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution

Veritas Building Consultants LLC (29)

Donald J. Cunningham ’62, Founder and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

KFW Surveying (30)

Blaine Lopez ’96, President, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

George Weron ’97, CEO, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Criag Fletcher ’97, COO, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Forney Construction, LLC (32)

Tom Forney ’79, CEO, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Engineering Technology

Comflow Mechanical Services (34)

Jon Wiesmann ’00, President and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution

Kidd Roofing (40)

Corey Wilson ’93, President and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering

KFW Engineers (41)

George Weron ’97, Principal and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Craig Fletcher ’97, Principal and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Sabre Commercial, Inc. (42)

John P. Cyrier ’95, President, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering Technology 

Trilliant Surgical, Ltd. (47)

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 

MP2 Energy (48)

Mark Siismets ’87, COO and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering

OTA Compression, LLC (49)

Grant Swartzwelder ’85, President, Owner and Foudner

Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering

McCord Engineering, Inc. (53)

Jimmy D. McCord ’69, President, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Electrical Engineering

ESS Group (55)

Jeff Ross ’90, President and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Distribution

LJA Engineering, Inc. (63)

Calvin T. Ladner ’80, President

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Escondido Resources II, LLC (64)

William E. Deupree ’83, President, CEO, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering

Spiars Engineering, Inc. (67)

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 ’93, Partner and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

Service Nation, Inc. (78)

Matt Michel ’83, Chairman, President, CEO, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Technology 

CJG Engineers (82)

Ross H. Eubanks ’98, Principal and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering 

Hunter T. Kornegay ’92, Principal and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Civil Engineering

HTS Texas (83)

Christopher “Mike” Donovan ’96, President and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Chemical Engineering

Lonquist & Co. LLC (89)

Richard R. Lonquist ’87, President, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering

Robert S. Crews ’90, Vice President, Owner and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering

Genesys Works (91)

Rafael Alvarez ’90, CEO and Founder

Bachelor’s degree, Mechanical Engineering

Latshaw Drilling & Exploration Company (96)

Trent B. Latshaw ’75, President and Owner

Bachelor’s degree, Petroleum Engineering