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React Games named Utah's top student-launched business

Published March 2, 2012 11:20 am

Entrepreneurs • Student contestranks companies by growth, profitability.
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A game-design firm founded by Brigham Young University students claimed top honors Thursday night at a Salt Lake City gala celebrating Utah's hottest student entrepreneurs.

"Some of the students founded companies out of financial necessity, and some are following a dream. But all of them are achieving a level of success that in many ways that outstrips their limited years of experience," said BYU business professor John Richards, who founded the Utah Student 25 competition three years ago. The ranking is determined by the companies' growth and profitability.

The winners are:

1. React Games, LLC • Brad Moss, Chad Lee, James Oldham: BYU

2. Fix A Phone, LLC • Craig Anderson, Jacob Williams, Quinn Zite: University of Utah

3. Epic Profit Group • LLC, Zach Smith, Josh Nyland: Weber State

4. Uptown Cheapskate • LLC, Chelsea Sloan, Scott Romney Sloan: University of Utah

5. Dakine Auto • LLC • Lance Wakefield: BYU

6. The Awful Waffle, LLC • Lance Wakefield, Ashley Wakefield: BYU

7. Vital Foods, LLC • Eric Thomas, Joseph Ruff: BYU

8. Coalition, LLC • Devereaux Smith, Luke Beachley, Samuel Johnsen: Utah Valley University

9. Monolith Management • Chris Kilbourn: Westminster

10. Solase Massage and Oxygen Bar, LLC • Terry Sharp, Christina Sharp, Kendrick Hair, Christy Hair, Jeff Bramble, Rebecca Bramble: BYU

11. Printing Jay, LLC • Jeff O'Bryant: BYU

12. Knudra • Christopher E. Hopkins, Lisa Ogden, Trisha Brock: Westminster

13. Utah Valley Lawn Care • Tyler D. Babb: Utah Valley University

14. Alpine Window Washing, LLC • Joshua Oaks, Austin Andreason: BYU

15. The Gluten Free Consumer • Rodney Fife, Chaton Fife, Celeste Fife: Utah Valley University

16. Research Accelerator • Gary Jense, Travis Corrigan: University of Utah

17. SEOqueue, LLC • Jason Hermann: BYU

18. Exceptional Accounting Services, LLC • Anthony Castro: BYU

19. Kisstixx, LLC • Dallas Robinson, Mike Buonomo: Utah Valley University

20. Corporate Movement • Jordan Avner: Weber State

21. Nice Guys Lending Services, Inc. • Jason Wilde, Ron Wilde: BYU

22. Muse Music Cafe • Colin Hatch, Justin Hyatt: BYU

23. Evolo Race Events • Spencer Storey: Weber State

24. Prime Infographics • Parker Boyack: BYU

25. Premium Landscape, LLC • Weston Thayne: Weber State