Highland Homes Named to Inaugural Gator100 List

February 26, 2015 | | Comments 0

Recently, the University of Florida released its inaugural Gator 100 list, ranking the top 100 fastest-growing companies owned or led by UF alumni.

“As a Gator alumnus, I feel honored to be recognized by my alma mater,” said Bob Adams, owner and president of Highland Homes. “My education from the university greatly impacted my success, and the success of HIghland Homes.”

Sponsored by UF, the Warrington College of Business Administration and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), the Gator100 was announced during a ceremony held on Feb. 6, 2015 at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. To determine the rankings, Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.76 percent.

To qualify for the Gator100, companies must have been in business for five years or more as of September 2014, and have had verifiable annual revenues of $100,000 or more in 2011. Additionally, a UF alumnus or alumni must have met one of the following three leadership criteria:

  1. Owned 50 percent or more of the company from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2013; or
  2. Served as company’s chief executive from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2013; or
  3. Founded the company and been active as a member of the most senior management team from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2013.

Adams, a 1961 UF alumnus, founded Highland Homes in 1996. Based in Lakeland, Florida, Highland Homes builds new homes in more than eight Florida counties. Over the years, it has been consistently recognized in Builder Magazine’s BUILDER 100 and Next 100 lists as one of the largest home builders in the country.

To view the full list of companies included on the first-ever Gator100, visit

For more information on purchasing a new home from Highland Homes, visit

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