On April 26, the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute celebrated the third annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses during an honoree luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge Hotel. Companies were individually recognized, according to their ranking; Cordina New Orleans Cocktails was honored as the No. 1 company for 2013.

“It is an honor to be recognized as the No. 1 company of this year’s LSU 100,” said founder Craig Cordes. “You never know when you’re going to come up with the next big business idea, and we are thrilled that ours has taken off like it has. I encourage anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit to go for their goals. Who knows, you might have the next number one idea!”

Cordes is a 2006 finance alumnus of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. The LSU 100 celebrates the success of former LSU students and recognizes the impact of LSU on the local, regional and national economies. The 100 fastest growing Tiger businesses were identified by the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, and Postlethwaite & Netterville calculated each company’s compounded growth from 2009-11.

“The LSU 100 provides the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute a wonderful opportunity to engage our alumni and promote interaction and mentorship with current students,” said Lisa O’Beirne, LSU SEI director of development.

The 2013 LSU 100 class includes nine businesses that are veteran-owned, 14 that are family-owned, 30 that operate internationally, and 25 were honored by LSU SEI for the third consecutive year.

Published in Cornerstone Summer and Fall 2013.