Tampa-based digital media and technology startup, MyArea Network, has been awarded the USF Fast 56 Award that recognizes the fastest growing Bull-owned or Bull-led businesses. Scott Conlon, President & CEO of MyArea Network accepted the 4th place award for his company at the 5th annual competition that was held on Friday, April 28, 2017.  

Conlon, a 2007 graduate of USF feels honored to be recognized by his alma mater. Conlon says, “It was a privilege to be nominated and now to be recognized as one of the top 5 companies.  Our company story dates to when I was a student at USF and being on the stage for the award ceremony reminded me of what we have endured to get where we are today.” Conlon continued, “Growing fast is about building a solid foundation, a strong team, channels of support and being perseverant.”

USF Fast 56 was established in 2013 to honor USF alumni affiliated businesses. Fifty-six recipients are chosen every year in recognition of the year 1956 when USF was founded. To be considered for the USF Fast 56 program, an organization must have been in business for at least three years, have revenues of $250,000 or more for the most recent 12-month period, and be owned or led by a former USF student.

Nominations open each year in October and companies have until the end of January to submit their application. Complete packets are provided to an independent CPA firm to tabulate results. Neither the University of South Florida nor the USF Alumni Association has access to firm financials.

"As the 4th fastest-growing Bull-led business in the world, MyArea Network and CEO Scott Conlon are part of an elite class of companies setting new standards and creating new models for the next generation of entrepreneurs. We are pleased to be able to shine a spotlight on these businesses through the USF Fast 56 Awards," said USF Alumni Association Executive Director Bill McCausland.