CAES alumni named on UGA Alumni Association’s 2021 Bulldog 100

With ventures ranging from agricultural tourism to investment brokerage, 14 entrepreneurial alumni from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) were named to the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 2021 Bulldog 100, a list of the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni.

Each year, the UGA Alumni Association partners with the Atlanta office of Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors to review nominated businesses’ financial records to determine the ranked list.

“Bulldog 100 honorees truly embody the best that UGA has to offer. We are proud that these CAES graduate-owned businesses represent a variety of industries that have a positive impact on the economies of their communities, the state and the world.” —Suzanne Griffeth, CAES director of alumni relations

This year’s list does not reflect the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses. Each year, Bulldog 100 applicants are measured by their business’ compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period. The 2021 Bulldog 100 list is based on submitted financial information for 2017-19. The Atlanta office of Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors, a Bulldog 100 partner since the program began in 2009, verified the information submitted by each company.

CAES alumni on the list include:

No. 20: Grist Pallets

Honoree Kyle Grist (BSAE — Agricultural Engineering, ’05) of Tifton, Georgia

Grist Pallets is a wooden pallet recycler. They take used wood pallets, repair and resell them, or dismantle and reuse the wood to repair marketable pallets. On a smaller level, the company also recycles cardboard and plastics.

Suzanne Meers (MS — Animal Science, ’03; PhD — Animal and Dairy Science, ’08) of oneRepSALES was added to the Bulldog 100 list in 2021.

No. 30: oneRepSALES (2021 addition)

Honoree Suzanne Meers (MS — Animal Science, ’03; PhD — Animal and Dairy Science, ’08) of Athens, Georgia

oneRepSALES believes one sales representative can double the size of a company. It boasts “the best of the best” sales professionals who have knowledge of products and are customer-oriented. oneRepSALES covers over 48 states as well as territories in Mexico.

No. 32: Irvin Retail Group of Marcus & Millichap

Honoree Marc Irvin (BSA — Biological Science, ’04) of Atlanta, Georgia

Irvin Retail Group of Marcus & Millichap provides advisory and investment brokerage services for shopping center and single-tenant net-leased owners. Started in 2005, the firm represents institutional owners, developers, private equity groups and high-net-worth individuals.

No. 35: American Tank Maintenance

Honorees Mike Lewis (BSA — Agricultural Economics, ’86) and Sheldon Shelton (BBA, ’99) of Warthen, Georgia

American Tank Maintenance specializes in professional service water storage tank asset management and maintenance programs. Their team of proven professionals is committed to providing world-class customer service to clients.

No. 42: Smith Planning Group

Honorees Bob Smith (BLA ’87) and Ed Lane (BSAE — Agricultural Engineering, ’05) of Watkinsville, Georgia

Smith Planning Group is a land planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture and land surveying firm. Its mission is to create beautiful places of lasting value for the communities it serves.

No. 56: Lamar Smith Homes

Honorees Lamar Smith (BSAE — Agricultural Engineering, ’83) and Steven Smith (BBA ’14) of Richmond Hill, Georgia

Lamar Smith Homes builds homes for families in the natural beauty of coastal Georgia that accommodate their lifestyle and offer plenty of space for a growing family — at a price that the average family can afford.

No. 70: Nationwide Permitting Services (2021 addition)

Matt Long of Nationwide Permitting (BSES — Environmental Science, ’05) was added to the Bulldog 100 list in 2021.

Honoree Matt Long (BSES — Environmental Science, ’05) of Mableton, Georgia

Nationwide Permitting Services is a full-service permit expediting and consulting company working with clients in all municipalities across the country. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, architects, general contractors, specialty contractors, sign companies and many other construction-related firms.

No. 71: Two Maids & A Mop

Honorees Ron Holt Jr. (BSA — Biological Science, ’97) and Kyle Davis (BSFR ’06) of Birmingham, Alabama

Two Maids & A Mop is a national franchise built on 17 years of consistent growth. Using its industry-changing Pay for Performance Plan, the company vision is to become the largest, fastest-growing, most innovative residential cleaning company in America.

No. 75: Northern Lights Exteriors (2021 addition)

Honoree James Hooven II (BSA — Horticulture, ’98) of Fort Lupton, Colorado

Northern Lights Exteriors is a full-service exterior remodeling contractor offering roofing, siding, replacement windows, gutters, house painting and more to home and business owners across Colorado. The company’s core values include communication, transparency and a dedication to workmanship.

No. 77: Hardy’s Peanuts Inc.

Honorees Brad Hardy (BSA — Agricultural Communication, ’96) and Ken Hardy (BSA — Entomology, ’93) of Hawkinsville, Georgia

Hardy’s Peanuts Inc. produces home grown fresh green and boiled peanuts. Hardy’s Peanuts can be found in grocery stores throughout the Southeastern U.S., and their roasted peanuts are sold to candy companies all over the world.

No. 84: Moore Civil

Honoree Robert Moore Jr. (BSAE — Agricultural Engineering, ’04) of Hawkinsville, Georgia

Moore Civil is a civil engineering firm that provides cost-effective project management and design services for construction projects. Effective communication throughout the project ensures budgetary goals are met. The team has expertise in civil, mechanical and environmental engineering.

Jimmy Carter Jr. (BSA — Dairy Science, ’69; MS — Dairy Science, ’73) of Southern Belle Farm was added to the Bulldog 100 list in 2021.

No. 93: Southern Belle Farm (2021 addition)

Honorees Jake Carter III (BBA ’03) and Jimmy Carter Jr. (BSA — Dairy Science, ’69; MS — Dairy Science, ’73) of McDonough, Georgia

Southern Belle Farm, originally a dairy farm, now focuses on agritourism. Guests come for school tours, corporate events or just simply to enjoy the farm fresh air. Seasonal events help spur visits by 400,000 visitors annually.

No. 98: The Sign Brothers

Honoree Justin Seibert (BSA — Turfgrass Management, ’02) of Bogart, Georgia

The Sign Brothers is a commercial sign company that helps organizations build compelling brand experiences. Whether it’s a single sign or an entire environment, The Sign Brothers build things that make clients look great.

“These alumni demonstrate the incredible value of a degree from UGA and we are committed to continuing the tradition of recognizing their achievements and connecting them with current students, who will become the next generation of entrepreneurs. These leaders inspire us by bringing better solutions and building stronger communities.” —Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of the UGA Alumni Association

For the complete list of 2020 Bulldog 100 businesses, or to nominate a business for the 2022 contest, visit