Architecture college grads lead 14 companies on 2015 Aggie 100 list

The 2015 Aggie 100 list of the fastest-growing companies owned or led by Texas A&M graduates includes 14 businesses headed by graduates from the College of Architecture.

The list, compiled annually by an independent accounting firm that calculates the growth rate of nominated businesses, is published by the Mays Business School Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship. It includes companies that have been operating for more than five years as of June 30, 2015 with verifiable revenues of at least $250,000 in calendar year 2012.

College of Architecture administrators and faculty gathered with those representing the college’s 2015 Aggie 100 recipients at a celebratory breakfast held Oct. 23 at the Langford Architecture Center. Later that day, all of the 2015 honorees were recognized at an awards luncheon at the Clayton Williams Jr. Alumni Center.

The highest-ranked 2015 Aggie 100 business headed by a College of Architecture alumni is eighth-ranked Embree Group of Companies, led by presidents Philip Annis ’83 and Frank Krenek ’80, both of whom earned Bachelor of Building Construction degrees.

The Embree Group, which has completed projects for dozens of clients in all 50 states and Canada, specializes in build-to-suit development, design/build services and general construction program management for specialty retail, financial, automotive, restaurant, pharmacy and healthcare facility projects.

Michael G. Scheurich ’92, the founding president and CEO of Arch-Con Corporation, earned a Bachelor of Building Construction degree in 1993. Arch-Con, 12th on the list, is a general contractor with Houston and Dallas offices specializing in commercial design and construction services for real estate developers, building owners, architects, brokers and tenants.

Jamison McGlasson, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science degree in 1998 is owner and project executive for 14th ranked G2 Contractors. Her company provides design/build and property maintenance services for public land management agencies and corporate and healthcare clients in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.

The 15th business on the 2015 list, Superior Building Systems, is led by president and owner Kyle McFarland ‘89, and vice-president and owner Scott Burke ’86, both Bachelor of Building Construction graduates. The company is a Houston-based design/build general contractor specializing in industrial and commercial building projects.

Jake Donaldson, who earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 2003, is the founder, owner and principal of Three Square Design Group, a design and planning firm that placed 24th on the list. Donaldson's firm also performs pro bono services for Houston Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Houston Food Bank.

KAP Project Services, the 34th business on the list, is led by founding president Scott Kammerer ’89, who earned a Bachelor of Building Construction degree in 1989. KAP focuses on planning, scheduling and cost control of shutdowns and turnarounds in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

Wingate-Hughes Architects, the 48th business on the list, is led by principal, owner and founder Gavin Daniels, who earned a Master of Architecture degree in 2004 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1999. The firm focuses on interior architecture for commercial, entertainment and retail clients in the Washington D.C. area.

James Murr ’01, is founding CEO of Cortiers Real Estate, the 51st business on the list. Cortiers has served buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in the Bryan/College Station Real Estate market since 2008. Murr earned a Bachelor of Building Construction degree in 2004.

Wes Good, a 1990 Master of Architecture graduate, is managing principal of Kirksey Architecture, ranked 54th place on this year’s list. The Houston-based firm designs commercial, educational, public, healthcare and residential projects.

Mark Reed, a 1997 Bachelor of Building Construction graduate, is president of the 62nd Aggie 100 business, E.E. Reed Construction. The company, based in Sugar Land, Texas, provides contracting services for commercial, industrial, healthcare, retail and institutional projects. It has offices in Austin, Washington D.C., and locations in Arizona and California.

Deborah Fulwiler, who earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1986, is founder and owner of the 66th Aggie 100 company, Elements of Architecture, Inc. Her firm, recognized as one of the largest woman-owned businesses in north Texas by the Dallas Business Journal, provides design, planning, and management services for a variety of projects, including educational, healthcare, institutional, retail and industrial.

Charles Myers, who earned a Bachelor of Building Construction degree in 1985, is CEO, owner and founder of MYCON General Contractors, the 69th 2015 Aggie 100 company. MYCON, based in McKinney, Texas, provides construction management, design/build, and site selection services for retail, office, industrial and church projects.

Schwarz Hanson Architects, the 89th business on the list, is led by founding president Gerald Schwarz ’82, and founding vice-president Tod Hanson ’88. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the firm provides architecture, 3-D renderings, interior design and master planning services.

Schwarz earned a Master of Architecture degree in 1984 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1982. Hanson earned a Master of Architecture degree in 1994, a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree and a Bachelor of Building Construction degree in 1989.

Wes Hudson, ’02 is president of Shallow Sport Boats, the 91st business on the list. The Los Fresnos, Texas-based company builds 11 different models of high-quality, fiberglass center console fishing boats designed to operate in ultra-shallow lakes and bays. Hudson earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 2006.

posted November 6, 2015