Bulldog 100 10th Anniversary

Risk-takers, Pioneers, Movers and Shakers

Thirteen CAES Alumni businesses selected for Bulldog 100

Thirteen graduates of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences landed spots on this year’s Bulldog 100 list of the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by University of Georgia alumni.

More than 564 nominations were submitted for this year’s list. Ron Holt (BSA – Biological Sciences, ’97) achieved a No. 17 ranking with his Two Maids and A Mop franchising business, the sixth time the company has been named to the exclusive list of fast-growing businesses.

“My time in Athens provided me with a world-class education and also gave me the ability to dream big. I’m a small-town boy from southwest Georgia and my worldview was akin to a bubble. UGA showed me that anyone can accomplish big things if they believe strongly enough in their mission,” Holt said. “My success today was born on the campus at the University of Georgia and I’ll never forget the school’s purpose in my life.”

Holt also earned the Michael J. Bryan Award, given to a returning Bulldog 100 honoree who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit and whose business has sustained growth.

“Being recognized as the Michael J. Bryan award winner was so humbling and I’ll never forget that evening,” Holt said. “Chill bumps, disbelief, honor, excitement; you name the emotion and I probably felt it over the next couple of hours after the award’s announcement.”

Holt’s original Two Maids and A Mop franchise opened in 2003 in Pensacola, Florida, and currently serves 70 markets across the country.

Dee Dee Mesaros (BSA – Food Science, ’93) is a co-owner of Southland Pediatric Therapy, recognized with a No. 55 ranking. The Savannah, Georgia-based business provides speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for patients. Like Holt, Mesaros was encouraged to dream big while
attending CAES.

“As long as you have the right motivation to do what you want to do, you will be able to accomplish anything. While focusing on my studies at UGA, I learned to be committed to my goals and to study and work hard to achieve them,” said Mesaros. “The experience I had at UGA supported and enhanced my life.” Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Bulldog 100.

By Clint Thompson

CAES alumni who were selected and their Bulldog 100 rankings include:

Ron Holt (17), Two Maids and A Mop Franchising
BSA – Biological Science, ’97

Jason Lawson (43), Baseline Surveying & Engineering
BSFR – Forestry Resources, ’00; BSAE
BSAE – Agricultural Engineering, ’02

Marc Irvin (50), Irvin Retail Group of Marcus & Millichap
BSA – Biological Science, ’04

Robert Moore (51), Moore Civil Consulting Inc.
BSAE - Agricultural Engineering, ’04

Chandler Conner (54), C2 Medical Solutions LLC
BSA - Biological Science, ’03; PharmD, ’08

Dee Dee Mesaros (55), Southland Therapy Services,
BSA – Food Science, ’93

Mike Lewis (61), American Tank Maintenance LLC
BSA - Agricultural Economics, ’86

Justin Woodall (63), Woodall Realty Group, BSA – Agricultural
BSA - Agricultural Economics, ’01

Ed Lane (66), Smith Planning Group LLC
BSAE - Agricultural Engineering, ’05

Jaime Foster (85), Georgia Grinders
BSA – Animal Science, ’99

Brad Hardy (96), Hardy’s Peanuts Inc.
BSA – Agricultural Communications, ’96

Ken Hardy (96), Hardy’s Peanuts Inc.
BSA – Entomology, ’93

Nicholas Dale (97), Condor Chocolates
BSA – Agricultural Economics, ’04

Ron Holt receives Michael J. Bryan Award
Ron Holt, a 1997 CAES graduate, was presented the Michael J. Bryan Award, given to a returning Bulldog 100 honoree who demonstrates entrepreneurial spirit and whose business has sustained growth. (Photo by Decisive Moment Events)