St. Augustine resident Chip Osborne is the recipient of The Gator 100, an honor bestowed by the University of Florida on graduates heading what are considered the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world.
Osborne, a graduate of St. Augustine High School, is CEO/president of Nation Bus Sales, a nationwide bus sales and service business, founded in California and recently expanded to Florida, with headquarters in St. Augustine.
“The Gator100 is an important initiative that recognizes entrepreneurial excellence,” Dr. Michael Morris, academic director of the entrepreneurship program at Florida, explains. “It is open to any and all companies founded or run by Gator alumni and recognizes those who are achieving growth, innovating and making a difference in their communities.”
Nola Miyasaki, director of Gator StartUps, described Gator100 as exemplifying “one of CEI’s (Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation) core values of contributing to a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship across our campus and the Gator Nation.”
Osborne, son of Dotty Osborne-Starling and the late Pete Osborne, former news editor of The St. Augustine Record, makes his home in St. Augustine with his wife, Erin, and two children. Osborne’s mother, a former teacher at both St. Augustine High School and St. Joseph Academy, now resides in Panama City with her husband, John.
Nations Bus is a new and used bus dealership providing buses to hotels, shuttle operators, tour and charter companies, car rental operations, health services providers, retirement facilities, church groups and many more.