June 19, 2024
UB Name Beautiful Brains No.  1 business in the Fast 46 competition

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo has named Beautiful Brains as the fastest growing business owned or led by an alumnus or alumni during the Fast 46 celebration held on Thursday, September 14.

The Fast 46 competition is named in honor of UB’s founding in 1846. Its mission is to recognize successful businesses led or owned by UB alumni or alumni. To be considered a Fast 46 finalist, eligible companies must have been in business for at least three years; Have verifiable revenue of at least $100,000 or more in 2019 and 2020 and at least $250,000 in 2021; and the owner, CEO, president, managing partner, director or president must be an alumnus or alumnus of UB.

The Bonadio Group, a Fast 46 verification firm, analyzed three years of financial data provided by each company and determined the rankings. Based on their analysis, Beautiful Brains, led by Christian Johnson, CEL ’15, was named the fastest growing business, confirmed by revenue growth rate. A Buffalo-based company, the firm helps businesses strengthen and diversify their supply chains through end-to-end global product manufacturing and distribution services. A serial entrepreneur, Johnson is a board member of the Erie County Medical Center and the African American Veterans Memorial in Buffalo.

“Becoming this year’s number one company in UB’s Fast 46 program means a lot to me, not only as an entrepreneur, but also as a Black woman. I have faced countless obstacles throughout my career, so I hope that my being here can inspire others to believe in themselves and continuously pursue their goals. Big thanks to the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership program and the UB Alumni Association for nominating me and Beautiful Brains for helping me overcome those obstacles.

More than 400 companies were nominated for this award. Of the 46 finalists, 26 companies are from Western New York, and the remainder are based across the U.S.

“Congratulations to all this year’s finalists. Our accomplished alumni business owners have set a tremendous example for our students and our entire university community,” says UB President Satish K. Tripathi. “As successful business leaders, it is exciting to watch these alumni-owned businesses grow and see how their collective success contributes to the economy, demonstrating UB’s impact not only in Western New York, but beyond.” Is.”

Thomas MacArthur, EDM ’08, associate vice president of alumni engagement and annual giving, said the competition “showcases the amazing entrepreneurial skills of UB alumni who are building businesses. Their innovation and business knowledge is a great opportunity for our students and Inspires our extensive alumni community around the world.”

“It is a pleasure to partner with UB on this initiative, and we are honored to again serve as the official verification firm of the contest,” says Dennis Neimon, Partner at The Bonadio Group. “On behalf of everyone at our firm, we congratulate the recipients on their success and wish them continued growth in the years to come.”

The UB Alumni Association is the presenting sponsor of Fast 46. In addition to support from Bonadio Group, the Fast 46 is sponsored by Bank on Buffalo.

More information about the Fast 46 competition, including a list of finalists, can be found on the Alumni Association website.

Source: www.buffalo.edu

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