Collage image of Warrington alumni including Bill Hough, Al Warrington, Fred Fisher, Quinn Fisher Simpson, Vlad Charles, Chris DiBiase, Alyssa Forbess, Brian How, Victoria Liu, Nick Schumann and Adrienne and Randy Figur. All on a backdrop with orange text that reads Gator Alumni.

2020 Alumni News Roundup

Business Gators made a difference, even during unprecedented times.

In 2020, Warrington College of Business alumni proved why they are difference makers, even during unprecedented times. With their eyes set on innovation and results, Business Gators around the world made a positive and robust impact on their businesses and in their careers. From being named among the 40 Gators Under 40, building successful businesses and stepping up to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic, read more about how Warrington College of Business alumni made an impact in 2020.

Alumni Accomplishments

Warrington alumni accomplishments know no bounds. Here are a few of the things Business Gators did this year. 

Alumnus’ trek across Ecuador volcano range raises $160K for mental health charities | Nick Schumann (BA ’06, MBA ’12) 

Connecting UF past and present | Fred Fisher (BSAc ’59) and Quinn Fisher Simpson (BSAc ’22)

‘I think I just emailed the entire university’ | James Martinez (BSBA ’09, MS-ISOM ’12)

Driven by passion: How a UF Warrington alumnus conquered his shyness and built a million-dollar business | Erick Rodriguez (BSBA ’16)

2020 40 Gators Under 40 list includes seven Warrington alumni

Warrington alumnus transitions plastics company to make face shields amid COVID-19 pandemic | Joseph McCabe (BSBA ’10)

Trading security for innovation | Victoria Liu (BSAc, MAcc ’19)

Excel modeling course created by UF Real Estate alumni lands two universities during pandemic downtime | Mike Harris (BABA ’19, MSRE ’20), Connor Kreis (BSBA ’19, MSRE ’20) and James Barrios (BSBA ’19, MSRE ’20)

UF MBA alumna uses her U.S. Navy flight skills to help UPS develop its drone airline, with the eventual goal of delivering packages via drone | Caroline Furse (MBA ’12)

Warrington entrepreneurs showcased at Gator100 event, including the No. 1 spot

Three UF MBA Class of 2020 members named MBAs to Watch by Poets & Quants | Vladimir Charles (MBA ’20), Chris DiBiase (MBA ’20) and Alyssa Forbess (MBA ’20)

In Memoriam

We lost two great Business Gators this year – Al Warrington and Bill Hough. Their leadership and generosity have forever impacted the Warrington College of Business.

Al Warrington (BSBA ’58) | Warrington College of Business mourns the loss of UF’s greatest supporter and benefactor Al Warrington

Bill Hough (MBA ’48) | Warrington College of Business mourns the loss of alumnus and supporter William “Bill” Hough

Alumni Spotlights

Our alumni make their mark around the world. In 2020, we put the spotlight on some of our talented alumni to learn more about where they are today and how they got there.  

Adrienne Figur (BSAc, MAcc ’98) and Randy Figur (BA ’92) | It all adds up to love

Alison Rand (BSAc ’90), Suzanne Christensen (BSAc ’86) and Lara Long (BSAc, MAcc ’93) | C-suite views: Atlanta alumnae share career and leadership advice

Jane Sun (BSAc ’92) and Hillary Wang (MIB ’13) | Warrington alumni in China donate masks to UF and the world

Kurt Long (BSBA ’84) and Teresa Long | Feeding Florida families amid COVID-19

Jeff Gold (MBA ’78) | UF MBA alumnus has the ‘Midas touch’ when it comes to helping build successful companies

Drew Asher (BSAc ’90) | Serving a purpose beyond the numbers

Dave Carmany (BSBA ’97) | Prepared for opportunity

Graham Cherrington (MBA ’86) | An impactful healthcare career

Rick Scarola (BSBA ’82) | Taking the real estate industry by storm

Rob Cousin (MBA ’95) | Warrington alumnus a long-term asset for JPMorgan

Class Notes

We want to stay in-the-know with our alumni. Through Class Notes, we encourage alumni to tell us what’s new and exciting in their lives, both personally and professionally.  

Have a Class Note you’d like to share? Click here to submit your news to the Warrington Class Notes

Jason Altmire (DBA ’20) was named President and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities.

Corinne Turcotte (BSAc, MAcc ’11) was named Partner at James Moore & Company.

Nelly Wilson (BSBA ’17, MS-ISOM ’19) was promoted to Cloud Consultant specializing in infrastructure and data analytics at Google.

Brian Hoh (MBA ’19) was elected to be the 2020-21 President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and is the chair of neurosurgery at the UF College of Medicine.

Jim Heaney (MBA ’88) was appointed Chief Financial Officer of The Fresh Market.

Da Chang (MBA ’19) was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery.

Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy (BSAc, MAcc ’96) is the Chief Accounting Officer at SeaWorld Entertainment and was recently appointed interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

Orlando Gutiérrez (BSBA ’13) was named a 2020 MBA to Watch by Poets & Quants and recently graduated with his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Christopher Harle (BSBA ’02, MS-ISOM ’03) was named Chief Research Information Officer at UF Health.

Nikul “Nik” Patel (MBA ’01) is Senior Vice President of Information/Cybersecurity at Citi.

Interested in reading more alumni news? Please visit the Warrington Newsroom or sign up to receive our monthly alumni newsletter, the Warrington Wire.