College grads lead 17 businesses on 2018 Aggie 100 list

[See the 2018 Aggie 100 list.] (

The 2018 [Aggie 100] ( list of the fastest-growing companies owned or led by Texas A&M graduates includes 17 businesses headed by former students from the College of Architecture.

The list, compiled annually by an independent accounting firm that calculates the growth rate of nominated businesses, is published by the Mays Business School [McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship] ( . It includes companies that have been operating for more than five years as of Dec. 31, 2017 with verifiable revenues of at least $250,000 in calendar year 2015.

College of Architecture administrators and faculty gathered with representatives of the college’s 2018 Aggie 100 members at a celebratory breakfast in October at the Langford Architecture Center. Later that day, the 2018 honorees were recognized at an awards dinner hosted by the McFerrin Center.

Aggie 100 members from the College of Architecture

[Hydro-Con, LLC] ( , a hydro-excavation and concrete contractor headed by president Colton Snapp ’06, placed fourth on the list.

[Sterling Structures, Inc.] ( provides commercial construction expertise and services for small and mid-size projects and is headed by CEO Jay Carlton ’81, placed 14 th on the list.

[Steele & Freeman, Inc.] ( builds education, municipal, commercial, healthcare, entertainment, industrial and faith facilities and is headed by vice president of operations Scott Depauw ’98, placed 20 th on the list.

[LASAL, LLC] ( , an equipment and construction services company headed by managing member Thomas Sexton ’06, placed 22 nd on the list.

[Strategic Construction, Ltd.] ( provides general contracting and construction management services in construction markets throughout Texas and surrounding states and is headed by president Matt Beshara ’99, placed 32 nd on the list.

[MYCON General Contractors] ( , headed by CEO Charles Myers ’85, placed 34 th on the list.

[Z Constructors Nationwide, LLC] ( , a full-service commercial preconstruction, construction management, design-build and general construction solutions company headed by CEO Seth Williams ’06, placed 42 nd on the list.

[VLK Architects] ( , an architecture firm headed by partner Leesa Vardeman ’81, placed 50 th on the list.

[EcoZapp] ( , an award-winning air conditioning and heating service company headed by founder and CEO Joshua Zapalac ’12, placed 60 th on the list.

[Builders West, Inc.] ( , a residential general contractor headed by president Kurt Lobpries ’77, placed 67 th on the list.

[KWA Construction] ( , a company that provides general construction services for multifamily developments and is headed by Chairman Keller Webster ’69 and Brian Webster ’03, placed 71 st on the list.

[Wilder Belshaw Architects, Inc.] ( , a full-service, design and planning firm headed by founding principal Don Wilder ‘85, placed 73 rd on the list.

[parmadesign] ( , an architecture firm headed by president/owner Kevin Parma ’91, placed 81 st on the list.

[Peinado Construction] ( builds in industrial, manufacturing, distribution, medical and datacenter projects and is headed by president & CEO Frank “Teddy” Peinado ’88, placed 83 rd on the list.

[Vincent Landscapes, Inc.] ( , a landscaping company headed by vice president and owner Kellan Vincent ’07, placed 92 nd on the list.

[Arch-Con Construction] ( , a Texas-based general contractor headed by CEO Michael G. Scheurich ’92, placed 100 th on the list.

Richard Nira

posted March 18, 2019