Five College of Science Alumni Honored Among the 100 Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses
Five College of Science alumni were honored during this year’s LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses Award dinner held, October 13 at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge. Here are 2016 honorees from the College of Science are:
Bin Yiu, 2010 College of Science graduate, is the founder and CEO of HitLights, one of the top vendors of LED lights on Amazon.com. While pursuing a masters degree at LSU, Yu got his start in the LED business by selling a variety of LED lit items, from apprarel to shoes, in New Orleans' famed French Quarter. Yu's initial motivation was to revolutionize the lighting industry and its ability to serve as an evironmentally-friendly and affordable energy solution.
Gus Murillo, 2014 biology graduate, is the cofounder, president and COO of Big Fish Productions, a Baton Rouge-based company that creates captivating presentations and packages, and works with executives and sales and marketing teams to hone their presentation skills. Murrillo also oversees finances and operations at ThreeSixtyEight. Murillo has led teams in partnership with major brands like NASA, Raising Cane's and CenturyLink to execute on large-scale digital and creative projects.
Julio E. Rios II, 1993 microbiology graduate and graduate of the LSU Law School, is president and CEO of Bridger Logistics and executive vice-president of Ferrellgas. Bridger Logistics is an integrated crude oil midstream company located in Dallas, Texas founded in 2010. The company provides crude oil transportation and logistics services on behalf of oil and gas producers, marketers, and end-users of crude oil. Its assets include truck, pipeline terminal, storage, pipeline, rail, and maritime assets and cash flow is from fee- fee-based commercial agreements and take-or-pay contracts. Bridger Logistics was awarded the LSU 100 Summit Award, which recognizes the honoree company tha generated the highest revenue amount for the award period.
Marco Moran, 1993 College of Science graduate in prepharmacy, is the CEO, president, chief financial officer and chief accounting officer of DSD Network of America Inc. and has been CEO of Dewmar International BMC, Inc. since September 2009. Dewmar International BMC Inc. is a leading provider of consumer brands to global markets. The company's flagship product, LEAN SLOW MOTION POTION™ whose three flavors are Yella, Purp and Easta Pink, is rated as one of the top three national selling relaxation beverages currently available in the U.S. market, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Moran is also a member of the College of Science Dean's Circle.
Thomas Lacombe, 1982 geology graduate, is president and cofounder of Global Speak Translations, a company that helps technical service businesses, non-profits and organizations grow their operations via translation services and content localization. Lacombe is passionate about exploring emerging oil and gas markets, and developing a global marketing framework and strategic sales approach for an industry in constant flux. Lacombe is an experienced field geologist and a member of The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
The LSU 100 is a highly competitive program that identifies, recognizes and celebrates
the 100 fastest growing Tiger-owned or Tiger-led businesses in the world. In addition
to celebrating the success of the honorees, the LSU 100 provides a forum to pass lessons
on to the next generation of LSU entrepreneurs.
On behalf of the university, LSU Executive Education hosts the event and serves as the primary point of contact for all operations and development. The 2016 LSU 100 partners include Postlethwaite & Netterville, Tiger Athletic Foundation, LSU Foundation, and LSU’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. In-kind donations provided by Gatorworks.
The 2017 LSU 100 will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5 at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge. The nomination period for the 2017 LSU 100 will open early next year. More details will be announced via www.lsu100.com.