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Axle Logistics Ranks #1 at The Inaugural Rocky Top Business Awards

May 11, 2023

The inaugural Rocky Top Business Awards were held Friday, May 5, in a celebration recognizing the fastest-growing University of Tennessee, Knoxville, alumni-owned or alumni-led businesses.

Duane Wiles, associate Vice Chancellor of alumni relations, spoke to award winners and guests assembled over lunch about the impact the university’s network of leaders and entrepreneurs have on the world of business.

“It is an honor and privilege to be with you today as we celebrate some of UT’s most outstanding alumni and their businesses accomplishments,” Wiles said. “I want to congratulate this group of outstanding Rocky Top businesses on their success and continued growth. We all look forward to what the future holds.”

When nominations opened for the award, anyone could nominate a Vol-owned or Vol-led business. Nominated companies could then choose to participate by submitting an application with their financial data, which was reviewed by Knoxville-based accounting firm and UT partner PYA.

This year the fastest-growing company proved to be Axle Logistics with a rate of 132 percent. Founded by Drew Johnson (’07) and Jon Clay (’09), Axle Logistics is a non-asset based, third-party logistics company. The company with the second-fastest growth rate was 128 percent at CB Design Group, a full-service architecture firm led by Paul Bridges (’96). Eddins Marketing Group founded by Holly Eddins (’91) followed in third place with 85 percent growth.

Bringing home the Rocky Top Business Award is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovation of the incredible Axle team. 

“People who have spent time here, have done a job shadow, or worked here would vouch for it. It is very unique! There is nothing like it. It’s fast, rowdy, loud and fun!” Dylan Dameron, Vice President of Operations. 

The 40 Rocky Top Business Award winners for 2023 in ranked order are:

  1. Axle Logistics LLC
  2. CB Design Group Inc.
  3. Eddins Marketing Group LLC
  4. Brotallion
  5. Second Mile
  6. Independent Advisor Alliance
  7. Honors Real Estate Services
  8. Meyer Lucas Real Estate Team
  9. K Brew
  10. J&L Communications
  11. Ole Smoky Distillery Inc.
  12. FiberConNext
  13. Grandview Window and Door
  14. Paschal Solutions Inc.
  15. Stones River Consulting
  16. Oldham Hospitality 
  17. Earthadelic
  18. Teammate Basketball
  19. Yee-Haw Brewing Company
  20. Pro Italia Motors Inc.
  21. BioPet Laboratories Inc.- PooPrints
  22. Mountain Commerce Bank
  23. George Armour Ewart, Architect
  24. Melrose Title Company LLC
  25. East Tennessee Spine & Sport
  26. The Trust Company of Tennessee
  27. Fibreworks
  28. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc.
  29. Loch & Key Productions
  30. Threds Inc.
  31. Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions
  32. WorkSpace Interiors Inc.
  33. The Rabbit Hole VR
  34. Watauga Group
  35. Orange Flood Control LLC
  36. Strata-G Team and CEO, Elliott Barnett
  37. LEO Events
  38. HeartBound Ministries
  39. Sertoma
  40. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro Knoxville

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