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Gator100 2018 Recognizes UF Engineers

Gator100 2018 Recognizes UF Engineers

The Gator100 recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world each year. The awards ceremony to recognize this year’s honorees was held at the University of Florida J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on Friday, Feb. 2. Congratulations to our talented alumni (and faculty) who made the list for leading one of the world’s Fastest Growing Gator Companies!

Pinnacle Award Winner: ALEX MORENO
1983 B.S. Chemical Engineering
Alex Moreno is CEO and co-founder of Nightingale Nurses, a healthcare staffing company dedicated to helping patients of all ages stay independent and self-sufficient. In addition to being a frequent guest lecturer and external advisory board member at the University of Florida, Moreno created the Alex Moreno Endowed Professorship in Energy at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. He also is the CEO and founder of Panther Development Investments, a company that gives development services in energy trading and investment to Native American nations. He is honored for his excellence and leadership throughout his career.

1983 B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1997 Master of Business Administration
Gabino Cuevas serves as CEO for CEI, a privately held company in Miami that provides engineering and construction services to local, state and federal clients. At CEI, he oversees the Engineering and Sciences Division comprised of engineers, scientists, geologists and field technicians in implementing cost and environment friendly solutions. He also holds a leadership role in the client relationship management and marketing campaigns for the company. This is his second year featured in Gator100.

1983 B.S. Chemical Engineering
Dr. Dane Boyington is co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Thinking Media, and owner of The Learning Blade, a system that aids students in class while introducing them to careers, tools, and technology in STEM fields. He serves as the visionary for Thinking Media, with special attention towards design and development of its educational tools. Boyington has also served in technical management positions at DuPont. 

Sheila Boyington is co-founder and president of Thinking Media, and owner of The Learning Blade. She served as vice president of ACT until 2012. She has won awards including the Athena, Navigator of Entrepreneurship, Supernova, and Chattanooga Engineer Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is a professional engineer who uses her passion and strong leadership skills to launch Thinking Media’s creations into the business world.

1990 B.S. Chemical Engineering
Scott Pressly is chairman of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a casual cafe with over 540 locations across the United States. His leadership is credited as being what boosted the regional franchise into one of the fastest growing franchise brands in the country. Outside of Tropical Smoothie, Pressly is co-founder and partner at BIP Capital, which focuses on high-growth companies in industries such as franchising and software.

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