Nine Grady College alumni to be honored at 2017 Bulldog 100 awards

Nine graduates of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication representing eight businesses will be honored by the University of Georgia Alumni Association at the 2017 Bulldog 100 awards ceremony in February.

This annual program recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. More than 500 nominations were submitted for the 2017 list.

To be considered for the award, a company must be in business for a minimum of five years, have verifiable revenues of $100,000 or more for the calendar year 2013, and operate in a manner consistent with the Pillars of the Arch and in keeping with the values and image of UGA, according to criteria set by the UGA Alumni Association.

The following Grady College alumni and their businesses will be recognized:

•     Ashley Kohler (ABJ ’96), Awesome Incorporated

•     Mary Butin (ABJ ’86), Butin Integrated Communications

•     Katie Jacobs (ABJ ’05) Cheeky Peach Boutique

•     Darren Gaynor (ABJ ’98) Crate Services Inc

•     Marc Gorlin (ABJ ’95), Kabbage Inc

•     Christy Hulsey (ABJ ’98) Redbpower Company

•     Kevin Outz (ABJ ’04), The Spotted Trotter

•     Michael Lentz (ABJ ’06), Kevin Planovsky (ABJ ’05), Vert

The final rankings—determined by a compounded annual growth rate over the last three years—will be released during the ceremony.

In 2015, Kabbage, a company that provides small businesses with financing, was recognized as the number one fastest-growing business on the list.  Another business founded by Grady alumni—Vert—was ranked second in 2014. It is a full-service digital agency specializing in mobile, social and emerging media and brand experiences

The public, including UGA alumni and friends, is invited to celebrate the Bulldog 100 honorees Feb. 4 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The evening will begin with a reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Registration is open at