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June 17, 2021

High 100 alumni-owned corporations feted, ranked at digital Solar Satan 100 ceremony

In a single day success doesn’t occur in a single day.

However it positive helps when you’ve got a level from Arizona State College.

The college on June 17 celebrated grads who’ve gone out on this planet and crushed it, entrepreneurially talking. They name them the Solar Satan 100.

This 12 months, the ASU Alumni Affiliation honored 132 alumni representing 146 levels — the most important cohort ever.

The highest spot went to Anthony Sarandrea, who graduated in 2013 with a enterprise administration diploma.

Sarandrea is the president, managing accomplice, proprietor, founder and CEO of Pocket Your {Dollars}, a customer-centric firm concentrating on debt-ridden and struggling Individuals with debt aid options, credit score rating fixes, assist with navigating insurance coverage choices and a bunch of different money-saving ideas.

Pocket Your {Dollars} has had 1,650% progress over the previous three years. Sarandrea began in gross sales, together with door-to-door and chilly calling. His recommendation for future entrepreneurs? Be “hooked on failure and discover confidence in failure.”

Two members of his govt group had been greatest mates and freshmen at ASU collectively.

“I actually need to thank ASU,” he mentioned. “None of this may have been attainable with out the assist ASU presents.”

This 12 months’s cohort by the numbers:

  • $6.67 billion in whole income (as of 2019).
  • 8,477 full-time staff.
  • Places in 11 states.
  • A median of 20.2 years in enterprise.
  • 16 colleges and faculties represented.

To be eligible for the Solar Satan 100, candidates should have been in enterprise for 3 years, have had revenues of $250,000 for 3 years and should function within the spirit of ASU’s constitution.

The rankings this 12 months are primarily based on the year-over-year income progress from 2017, 2018 and 2019.

The highest three corporations averaged year-over-year progress ranges from between 600% to greater than 1,600%.

The fields represented embody advertising and marketing and PR, engineering, nonprofits, regulation companies, advertising and marketing, manufacturing, insurance coverage, structure, consulting, inside design, banking, actual property, meals and beverage, electronics, development, well being care and transportation.

“As leaders, every of you has a singular success story and have one commonality, you’re all Solar Devils!” mentioned ASU Alumni Affiliation President and CEO Christine Wilkinson.

Snagging the No. 10 spot was the Ybarra Maldonaldo Regulation Group. Ybarra Maldonaldo earned a BA in non secular research in 2002.

“I used to be closely concerned in social justice points once I was a scholar,” he mentioned. “Right here I’m sooner or later nonetheless in touch with the identical professors and mates from once I was a scholar.”

Greg McMillan, proprietor and founding father of B&B Pet Merchandise (No. 3 on the record), with 4 shops in Kansas and Missouri, shared one secret to his success.

“So far as recommendation to somebody on campus, discover an space within the economic system the place there’s sturdy demand, go into it and outperform the competitors,” McMillan mentioned.

College President Michael Crow inspired the honorees to share their data with college students.

“We hope which you could, as certainly one of your issues, not solely as nice innovators and as nice builders, turn into academics yourselves, work with extra ASU college students, drive the entire entrepreneurial spirit ahead,” Crow mentioned. “It truly is the case that that is the way in which for our nation to be essentially the most profitable. That is the way in which for us to be essentially the most aggressive. That is the way in which for us to create essentially the most jobs. All of it is about, on the finish of the day, constructing a extra resilient economic system, constructing a extra adaptive economic system. And also you all as high alums which might be on the market doing this: You actually set the stage. You actually transfer issues ahead.”

High picture by Charlie Leight/ASU Information

The Solar Satan 100 High 10:

Rank Quantity






Pocket Your {Dollars}

Anthony Sarandrea

’13 BS administration

President, accomplice, managing accomplice, proprietor, founder, co-founder, CEO


Lever1 and Lever2

Erica Brune

’98 BA theater

President, co-founder


B & B Pet Merchandise LLC

Greg McMillan

’85 BS finance

Proprietor, founder



David Freedman

’05 BS actual property



Casa Limitless Enterprises Inc.

Joya Kizer

’04 BS zoology

President, CEO


PC Sportscards

Joshua Cohen

’05 BA enterprise administration, small enterprise gross sales and advertising and marketing

Accomplice, proprietor


Excessive Rock Accounting PLLC

Melissa Diaz

’10 Grasp of Accountancy



Excessive Rock Accounting PLLC

Liz Mason

’10 MS data administration

Founder, CEO


SLP Toolkit LLC

Sarah Bevier

’05 BS speech and listening to, ’12 MS in communication issues



SLP Toolkit LLC

Lisa Kathman

’97 MS communication issues



Willmeng Building

Keyvan Ghahreman

’02 MS development administration

Director of consumer and preconstruction companies


Willmeng Building

Michael J. Mongelli

’83 BS development



Willmeng Building

James P. Murphy

98 BS development, ’09 MS development



Ybarra Maldonado Regulation Group

Angeles J. Maldonado

02 BS justice research, philosophy



Ybarra Maldonado Regulation Group

Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado

’02 BA non secular research


Scott Seckel

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