UM-Dearborn student’s company among the ‘top 100 companies started by young entrepreneurs’

Just four years after starting his business, General Fuels Company, UM-Dearborn business student Ali Saad has been recognized for his entrepreneurial success.

The international oil, gas and construction equipment company Saad launched at age 18 was recently named to the Empact100 list, which recognizes the top 100 companies started by young entrepreneurs. Saad accepted the award in Washington, D.C., at a ceremony held at the White House.

“It was with great honor that I accepted the award on behalf of our company, our friends and family, our community and the state of Michigan,” he said. “It was an excellent experience where I was able to show some of the largest CEO’s, executives, entrepreneurs and officials where I came from and what we, as a community, are capable of achieving.”

The Empact100 list is comprised of the top 100 companies in the Empact Showcase, a compilation of the United States’ leading entrepreneurs age 30 and younger whose annual revenues are more than $100,000.

Returning to Dearborn after two days of awards festivities, Saad got back to his routine of being a full-time accounting student and full-time general manager, balancing his studies with balancing the books.

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