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Bulldog 100: Calder & Colegrove Investment Group Ranked #9

Monday, March 5, 2018

Calder & Colegrove Investment Group ranked No. 9 on 2018 University of Georgia Bulldog 100 list

Athens, Ga. – Calder & Colegrove Investment Group, based in Suwanee, Ga., was recognized as the No. 9 fastest-growing business owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2018 Bulldog 100 Celebration Jan. 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

Calder & Colegrove Investment Group, owned by 1993 UGA graduate John Colegrove, specializes in multi-generational financial and estate planning for families and individuals.

“Our practice is dependent on the trust that we engender with our clients. We are in the business of helping clients navigate the complexity, and sometimes, the daunting task of planning and preparing for retirement,” explained Colegrove. “From a client’s perspective, it’s not easy to hand over control of retirement assets, which in many cases, has taken a lifetime to accumulate.”
The Bulldog 100, coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association, recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA graduates.

Approximately 500 nominations were submitted for the 2018 Bulldog 100. The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including restaurants, real estate, IT consulting, retail and veterinary medicine. Companies as far as California and Minnesota made the list. The average compounded annual growth rate for this year’s Bulldog 100 businesses was 47 percent.

Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors partnered with the UGA Alumni Association to review nominated business’ financial records to determine the ranked list. Each organization must have been in business for at least five years, experienced revenues in excess of $100,000 for the calendar year 2014, and be owned or operated by a former UGA student who either owns at least 50 percent of the company or is the CEO, president or managing partner. The Bulldog 100 recognizes the fastest-growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year compounded annual growth rate. Nominations for the 2018 Bulldog 100 were accepted between February and May 2017.

“We look forward to the Bulldog 100 Celebration each year because it provides us with an opportunity to deepen our connections with passionate alumni,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson. “The feeling in the air as we countdown the businesses from 100 to 1 is incomparable. This is such an honor for each of the honorees, because they have poured themselves into their entrepreneurial ventures. We are proud to celebrate their achievements.”

This year’s keynote speaker was Amy Smilovic (ABJ ’89), founder and creative director of women’s clothing and accessories company, Tibi. The renowned lifestyle brand has been featured everywhere from New York Times fashion photographer, the late Bill Cunningham’s “On the Street” column, to Vogue France.

To view the 2018 Bulldog 100 list, photos from the event or nominate a business for the 2019 Bulldog 100, see Nominations are being accepted through May 31, 2018.