10 Valley companies you didn't know were run by ASU Alumni

These are 10 of countless companies in the Valley that are operated by ASU alumni

Sixty percent of ASU alumni live in Arizona and 180,000 live in Maricopa County, according to the ASU Alumni Association. All of the alumni who stay in Arizona help better the communities across the state. There are countless alumni-founded and alumni-led Arizona businesses. The following are several you may not have known about.

FSW Funding

This Phoenix firm was started by Robyn Barrett. FSW Funding is an independently owned factoring firm that helps the valley’s small businesses secure funding.

Read more: FSW Funding launches STEM scholarship program

Higher Ed Growth

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Higher Ed Growth is a Tempe-based company that provides lead generation, consulting, management and web design to help clients boost enrollment for educational institutions. ASU graduate Frank Healy is the president and CEO of the company.


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ASU graduate Marc Chesley is the chief technology officer for this sales and marketing software firm based in Chandler. Inc. Magazine labeled the company as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.


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Founded by ASU graduate Dallin Harris, Skyhook is an internet marketing firm that has worked with large American brands like Subway, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and AT&T. Skyhook provides clients with web design and web development services.

Signature Technology Group

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ASU graduate Charles Layne acts as president and CEO of STG, a Phoenix-based firm that provides data-center services. STG supports over 300,000 devices in North America.

Dunn Transportation

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Started by Margaret Dunn, Dunn Transportation is a company which provides an executive coach service. The company also has a flagship service, Scottsdale’s “Ollie the Trolley.”

Skin Script Skin Care

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This Tempe skin care company provided natural, fruit-based clinical anti-aging, acne and sun damage products. Lisa VanBockern is an ASU graduate and owner of the company.

Off Madison Ave

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This Phoenix-based marketing and advertising firm was co-founded by ASU graduate David Anderson. Anderson’s company has worked with large brands that include LifeLock and Nike.

Western Window systems

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For over 50 years, this Phoenix door and window manufacturer has been making energy efficient products. President and CEO Scott Gates is a former ASU marketing major and has helped grow sales by over 200 percent.


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Print.Save.Repeat has taken “going green” and embedded it into a sustainable business model. Co-founded by ASU graduate Errol Berry, Print.Save.Repeat is a Chandler-based toner cartridge manufacturer that helps save businesses money on printing costs with their recycling service.

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