Nine University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduates were honored on this year’s Bulldog 100 list of the fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni.To be honored, companies must have been in business for five years or more, verified revenues of $100,000 or more for the 2010 calendar year and operate in keeping with the values and image of UGA.CAES alumni selected and their Bulldog 100 ranking include: Rory Singer and Adam Singer (7), Athens Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts, BSBE 1999, BSBE 1998, MS 2007;Ron Holt (13), Two Maids & A Mop, BSA 1997;Will Harris (14), White Oak Pastures, BSA 1976;Jack W. Hartley (36), Home Instead Senior Care Valdosta, MS 1978; Larry Cunningham and Chris Cunningham (60), \R.L. Cunningham & Sons, Inc., BSA 1980, BSA 2007; D. Timothy Campbell (66), SecurAmerica, LLC, BSAE 1984, MS 1985; and Tracy Stanley (87), Vidalia Valley, BSAE 1992. “With so many jobs in both traditional and nontraditional agriculture, it is no wonder that so many CAES graduates are recognized in the Bulldog 100,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the college. “We are pleased that our graduates are producing new jobs for the great state of Georgia.”More than 700 nominations were submitted for this year’s program. The 2013 honorees include companies ranging in all sizes and services from an array of fields including the airline, healthcare and insurance industries.Some of CAES’ Bulldog 100 honorees run traditional agriculture companies like White Oak Pastures, R.L. Cunningham and Sons and Vidalia Valley. White Oak Pastures raises grass-fed beef and free-range poultry. The heart of Cunningham and Sons is shelling seed peanuts, a service they have provided Georgia farmers since 1942. Vidalia Valley grows its own Vidalia onions to process into relishes, dressings, salsas and sauces. Other honored CAES alumni operate companies that are not directly related to agriculture like Tim Campbell, CEO of SecurAmerica, an Atlanta-based guard services provider. Jack Hartley runs a Home Instead Senior Care franchise in Valdosta, Ga. “I don’t use my ag degree directly in my business, but I do use the discipline of my Georgia degree,” Hartley said. “The ag econ department developed my nature to complete and finish things and to be the best.”Ron Holt earned a biological sciences degree from CAES and began his career as a chemical technician, and later laboratory director, for Micromeritics in Norcross, Ga. Holt had a “tremendous” desire to open his own business and in 2003, he did just that.Holt bought Two Maids and a Mop, a cleaning business in Pensacola, Fla. Today, he owns 11 locations and will open two more in just a few weeks. “My degree gave me the foundation I needed to get a good job so I could earn the money I needed to purchase that first business. I credit my education for my success, indirectly.”Brothers Rory and Adam Singer both graduated from CAES with biological science degrees. Together they own and operate Athens Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts in Athens, Ga.During the day, Adam Singer uses his degree in agriculture working for Merial Pharmaceuticals in Athens. At night, he helps his brother run the gym and teaches martial arts. “My brother and I have been doing martial arts for most of our lives,” said Rory Singer. “We ran a rec sports program in martial arts at UGA while we were students.”Rory Singer started training to compete in 1999 and turned professional in 2001. He also appeared on season 3 of the reality show Ultimate Fighter. When Rory’s professional career began to “dwindle down,” the brothers decided to open their own business and Athens Fitness and MMA was born.“I’m still a giant fan of science and medicine. When I was a UGA student, I looked into moving into prostheses and orthopedic replacements but I realized I was too old to go into medicine. So, I took a different route – watching people’s lives change through martial arts,” Rory Singer said. “My brother loves what he does and he loves science. So now the job he has working in the lab is fulfilling and he still has the love of martial arts and competing and training.”In addition to being named to the 2012 Bulldog 100 list, the Singers were listed among the top coaches in the nation by USC Magazine.For a complete list of the 2012 Bulldog 100 honorees, go to www.alumni.uga.edu/alumni/index.php/site/bulldog100.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan was left behind as the Al Ain team travelled to Uzbekistan on Monday evening for their Asian Champions League match against Pakhtakor.The UAE giants claim the 29-year-old has suffered an infection as the reason for his exclusion from the 20-man squad for Wednesday’s clash in Tashkent.Gyan had picked up a thigh strain in the lead up to Al Ain’s 1-1 draw at Al Dhafra on Friday.He has however been training lightly since.Al Ain coach Zlatko Dalic could thus be thought to be saving the prolific Ghanaian striker as a precautionary measure.The Boss are third in Group B ahead of their third game in this season’s continental contest against Pakhtakor.
By The Nelson Daily SportsWhat a “perfect” weekend for soccer . . . that’s if you’re a member of the Nelson U14 Selects.The Heritage City squad outscored the opposition 12-0 en route to capturing the Kootenay U14 Boy’s Zone Title Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.The Selects edged Columbia Valley Titans 2-0 and Kootenay East Rovers of Cranbrook 3-0 before running away with the title Sunday, blasting Kootenay South 7-nil.The title was Nelson’s to lose after the home side knocked off the 2010 U13 Zone champs from Invermere in the tourney opener.Dunavan Morris-Janzen scored at the 12-minute mark in the tight contest to give Nelson all the goals it would need.Nolan Percival sealed the win with less than 15 minutes left in the second half as the Nelson striker was finally able to get behind the tough Columbia Valley defence.Nelson kept up the heady play in an evening encounter against Kootenay East, scoring early to capture the win.Micah May’s header gave Nelson the early advantage.May scored his second of the game converting a Spencer Szabo ball before splitting Kootenay East’s backline.Percival, with his second in as many games, converted a fine pass from Tucker Anderson to finish the scoring.Saturday’s two wins secured the gold medal for Nelson.However, the Selects were not quite finished filling the net, getting seven past rival Kootenay South.May again with the early marker just 45 seconds into the game got the home side off and running.Szabo scored on a penalty kick three minutes later after May was taken down in the box. May and Johnny Johnson, on a nice follow up, would round out first half scoring. Two more for May in the second half and one from Nolan Percival completed the scoring.The Reps are off to Cranbrook before heading west to Penticton for the B.C Soccer Provincial B Cup July [email protected]