• 2017 USF Fast 56 Awards Recognize Fastest-Growing Bull-Led Businesses

    TAMPA, FL – Feb. 23, 2017 – The University of South Florida Alumni Association has identified the 2017 Fast 56 — the 56 fastest growing USF alumni-owned or -led businesses. With an average cumulative growth of 113 percent, this year’s winners represent a variety of industries, from health care to food to finance, and leaders spanning more than 40 years of USF graduating classes.

    The fifth annual Fast 56 Awards also includes its first five-time recipient, Flatwoods Consulting Group of Tampa led by Shannon Gonzalez, who received a bachelor’s in biology in 1998 and a master’s in zoology in 2004. The company assists clients in navigating regulations associated with natural resources and was a 2015 Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.

    The award recipients will be recognized – and the top 25 revealed – at an April 28 reception and ceremony at USF’s Marshall Student Center Ballroom and Oval Theater. Visit www.USFalumni.org/2017winners for the alphabetically listed names of all 2017 Fast 56 businesses.

    The Fast 56 Awards, presented by the USF Federal Credit Union, recognize former USF students whose businesses help fuel the economy, provide jobs and drive innovation.

    About the USF Alumni Association
    The USF Alumni Association is a self-funded, nonprofit organization comprised of former students and friends of the University of South Florida. The association helps USF’s 315,000 alumni stay connected and provides meaningful ways for USF Bulls to support, promote and protect their university. For more information, visit www,usfalumni.org like our Facebook page at facebook.com/USFalumni or follow us on Twitter @USFAlumniAssn

    About the USF Federal Credit Union
    The USF Federal Credit Union helps University of South Florida’s faculty, staff, students, Alumni Association members and their families with their financial needs. The credit union has more than 50,000 members and $550 million in assets, robust online and mobile banking, plus six branch locations and thousands of shared branches and fee-free ATMs nationwide. For more information, visit www.usffcu.com.. .