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Alumni News Roundup: Business Gators going greater in 2019

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In 2019, Warrington College of Business alumni proved why they are difference makers. With their eyes set on innovation and results, Business Gators across the world made a positive and robust impact on their businesses and in their careers. From being named among the 40 Under 40, building successful businesses and empowering female employees, read more about how Warrington College of Business alumni made an impact in 2019.

Alumni Accomplishments

Warrington alumni accomplishments know no bounds. Here are just a few of the impressive achievements made by Business Gators this year.

Seven Warrington alumni named to inaugural 40 Under 40

Business Gators own or lead 42 of the 2019 Gator100 companies               

Bergstrom Center presents inaugural Lifetime Service Award to Richard Bezold  

Two Fisher alumni receive prestigious CPA award

Financial services expert named Bergstrom Center’s Alumnus of the Year

Master of International Business alumna selected for UF Hall of Fame

From $500 to $5 million – How two UF students turned a side hustle into a multimillion-dollar business

Three lessons from entrepreneurs who rode the fantasy sports wave to a $35M valuation

This $20 billion Chinese tech giant empowers female leaders

UF MBA alumna earns prestigious Proctor & Gamble honor

Alumni Spotlights

Our alumni make their mark around the world. In 2019, we put the spotlight on some of our talented alumni to learn more about where they are today and how they got there.  

Todd Hoffman (BSBA ’02, MS-ISOM ’03) | Startup success never tasted so sweet

George Pollock (BSAc ’89, MAcc ’90) | Racing for a personal cause

Michelle Ebanks (BSBA ’83) | The essence of success

Charles Carmakal (BSBA ’02, MS-ISOM ’03) | Guardian of the cyber galaxy

Keith Koenig (BSBA ’73, MBA ’75) | “City” CEO, community champion

Ricky Caplin (BSAc ’05, MAcc ’05) | Lessons in leadership

Krishna Memani (MA ’82, MBA ’84), Anu Rajakumar (BSBA ’08), Miles Wilkin (BSBA ’71) | Gotham Gators: Warrington alumni take a bite out of the Big Apple

Art Jacobs (MBA ’75) | Business Gators come back, give back

Bruce Brandes (BSBA ’88) | Business Gators come back, give back

Kylo Williams (DBA ’18) | A higher calling for higher education

Charlie Paulk (BSBA ’62) | The gift of giving

Emily Fodor (BSBA ’18) | The gift of giving

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.  

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Jose Molina (BSAc ’96, MAcc ’97) was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Spanish Broadcasting System.

Omari Sealy (BSBA ’04) joined Holland & Knight as a partner in Miami.

Brad Bondi (BSBA ’95, MBA ’98, JD ’98) is Partner at Cahill, Gordon and Reindel and was named to the 2019 National Association of Corporate Directors 100 list.

Melinda Barwick (BABA ’06) is CFO of Bolay and was named to the 2019 South Florida Business Journal 40 Under 40 list.

Ophir Rotem (BSBA ’19) started in her role as an Account Manager at Proctor & Gamble in Seattle.

Daniel Castro (BSAc ’06, MAcc ’06) expanded his leadership role to serve as the Tax Office Managing Partner at BDO’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices.

Calvina Bostick (BSBA ’03) is Partner at K&L Gates’ New York office.

Oren Kantor (BA ’10, MSE ’11) launched Perfect Practice by OKH Sports, a golf training aid product line.

Doyle Bartlett (BSBA ’80) is Managing Director at GrayRobinson’s Government Affairs and Lobbying office in Washington, D.C.

Adam Mopsick (BSBA ’93) is Partner and Co-Founder of Amicon Construction.

Samuel Lopez, Jr. (MBA ’12, DBA ’20) retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service.

Madison Grasty (BSBA ’18, MS-ISOM ’19) started her career as a Software Engineer for Comcast-NBC Universal.

Evan Jenkins (BSBA ’83) was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia beginning in 2021.

Kim Kaupe (BA ’08) received the EY Young Innovator of the Year Award from the Junior Achievement of New York.

Gina Kinchlow (MBA ’00) is the President and CEO of Kinchlow & Co., a professional consulting services company, and an instructor of marketing at Florida A&M University.   

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