2017 Cougar 100
Every year The University of Houston compiles a list of the top 100 fastest growing UH Alum owned businesses across the world. Houston Business Journal has partnered with UH to put on the event and will have a full supplement in the November 10 print edition. Each year hundreds of companies apply, and for the fourth time in a row, Goodman Financial has made the list.
There have been over 650 applicants since the award started, and only 45 companies have made the list all four years consecutively. This award honors Cougars who have ventured out on their own and have created and grown their own business, whether here in Houston or somewhere else in the world. The list is determined by two-year revenue growth, and each year as the applicant pool grows, it gets harder to place.
University of Houston Chancellor, Renu Khator, opened the event with her usual grace and charm. She encouraged the crowd of over 700 attendees to continue to connect with and hire their fellow Cougars, while also remembering to inspire and build up the next generation of Cougars. She thanked the Alumni Association for their help with keeping UH students on campus during Hurricane Harvey and their continued involvement with the school.
The keynote speaker was Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, who gave a tear-jerking speech on his experience with Hurricane Harvey, and urged the audience to continue to do their part to help the city recover and to be kind to one another. He was given a standing ovation both prior to and at the close of his speech. Read more on GFC’s Harvey initiatives here.
Goodman Financial is proud to be a part of such a prestigious event. GFC has not only been on the list for the last four years, but is also a sponsor of the event. GFC is home to several proud Cougars, many of whom attended the luncheon to show their Cougar Pride.
Steve Goodman, President & Chief Investment Officer, received both his undergraduate (’83) and Master’s (’85) degree from UH. Director of Portfolio Management, Chris Matlock, GFC’s newest employee, also received both his undergraduate (’82) and Master’s (’93) from colleges within the UH system. Executive Vice President and Director of Operations, Paul Brill earned his undergraduate (’85) degree from UH as well. In total there are eight team members with degrees from colleges within the UH system.