Card vendor leads annual recognition of alumni-owned or -led companies
Josh Cohen earned a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration from Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business in 2005. After commencement, he labored in tech and as a basketball coach, amongst different issues.
He had collected sports activities playing cards as a child however hadn’t dipped his toe in in years. In 2013, a good friend received him again into accumulating. After he couldn’t promote a useful card for an affordable value, Cohen took it to a card present and offered it for high greenback.
In March 2014, Cohen left tech and went into enterprise for himself. Two years later, on the National Sports Card Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he shared an area with Zach Polen. They determined it was higher to work collectively and shortly grew to become a contender on the planet of recent card sellers.
In 2020, PC Sportscards grew its enterprise over 390% and is the 2022 fastest-growing Sun Devil-led firm.
Josh Cohen was honored as the highest of the Sun Devil 100 Class of 2022 on Thursday within the high class of corporations with revenues of greater than $10 million. The Sun Devil 100 is an annual awards program that acknowledges the fastest-growing alumni-owned or -led organizations.
“I never expected this,” he stated as he accepted the award from ASU Alumni Association President Christine Wilkinson. “Dr. Wilkinson told me this afternoon to take off my shorts and put on some pants.”
Each yr, the alumni affiliation acknowledges leaders of organizations from all over the world that reveal innovation, progress and entrepreneurial spirit. Companies of all sizes, from particular person enterprise homeowners to giant companies, spanning dozens of industries, are honored on the annual awards program.
There had been 137 folks this yr, representing 107 corporations – the most important class but. They needed to have been in enterprise for 3 years and be Sun Devil-owned or -led.
There was a change from earlier years. Eligible corporations had been ranked by how briskly they’re rising. Rankings had been decided by their share enhance in both product sales or income for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Companies had been positioned in one of many monetary tiers primarily based on the corporate’s revenues from 2020:
- Revenues of $250,000–$1.999 million: The fastest-growing firm on this class is Majestic Water Spouts, led by Matthew Kayne, proprietor and CEO. Majestic Water Spouts is a full-service landscaping metallic design firm and fabrication agency in Tempe, Arizona.
- Revenues of $2 million–$9.999 million: For the primary time in this system’s historical past, Sun Devil 100 acknowledges a high enterprise from a earlier yr — Falcon Wealth Planning Inc. of Ontario, California, which was awarded the No. 1 spot in 2018. CEO Gabriel Abraham Shahin graduated ASU in 2006 with a level in enterprise administration.
- Revenues of $10 million and extra.
A whole checklist of honorees will be discovered right here.
Top picture: PC Sportscards co-founder Josh Cohen with Sparky and ASU Alumni Association President Christine Wilkinson on Thursday. Photo by Tim Trumble/Courtesy of the ASU Alumni Association