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Alumni News Roundup: Business Gators making their mark in 2017-2018

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Over the 2017-2018 academic year, 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 making deals with The Sharks to being named among the world’s top-tier business leaders to building businesses from the ground up, read more about how Warrington College of Business alumni made an impact in 2017-2018.

Alumni Accomplishments

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

Warrington alumnus offered $300,000 deal on Shark Tank

UF MBA alumna named to MBAs to Watch list by Poets & Quants

UF MBA alumna wins $15,000 in grant competition for startup

Fisher School alumna named to first Emergent 25 List by Forbes Asia

Warrington graduates honored as Outstanding Young Alumni by UF

Tampa real estate veteran named Bergstrom Center’s Alumnus of the Year

Fisher School alumnus wins award from American Accounting Association

Finance alumnus named a Rising Star on Wall Street by Business Insider

Alumnus names to Hispanic Executive’s 2017 Top 10 Leaders list

Finance alumnus named to Forbes 30 under 30 list

Fisher alumna named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Powerful Women International

Warrington alumni donate electric car to help UF go green

Five Warrington alumni named to Gator100 for years in a row

Leading furniture store owner receives UF’s highest alumni achievement

UF entrepreneurs honored at fourth annual Gator100

Doctor of Business Administration Class of 2017: Where are they now?

Alumni Spotlights

Our alumni make their mark around the world. Working at companies like Goldman Sachs, Disney, Anheuser-Busch, Apple and beyond, we spotlight some of our talented alumni, highlighting where they are today and how they got there.  

Chris Kurtz (MBA ’15) | Something’s brewing

Marta Cotton (BSBA ’85) | Impacting an industry

Gina Martin Adams (BSBA ’98) | A diversified educational portfolio

Kimberlee Campbell-Smith (MSE ’17) and Nicolas Schumann (BA ’06, MBA ’12) | Impacting the world through service

Lanita Patton (BSBA ’15) | Empowering women through dance

Jim Heaney (MBA ’88) | A surprising passion

Odile Guinot (MBA ’07) | Moving up the business ladder

Dani Pascarella (BABA ’09, MIB ’10) | Coaching millennials to a wealthier financial future

Steve Weiss (BSBA ’80) | A career of ethical leadership

Barbara Jean Raskin (BSBA ’73) | Accountant and advocate

Brian Levine (BSBA ’92) | A passion for giving back

Rebecca Sforza Monchecourt (MBA ’07) and Roger Block (BSBA ’74) | The business of vacations

Ron Edwards (BSBA ’70) | The building blocks of a serial entrepreneur

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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Adrielle L. Conner (BSBA ’17) was awarded Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ annual diversity scholarship.

Jordan Myers (BSBA ’05) was named to the Board of Directors for the ALS Association of Georgia and is counsel with Alston & Bird in Atlanta.

Bret Adcock (BSBA ’08) and Adam Goldstein (BSBA ’01) sold their company Vettery to The Addecco Group for over $100 million. They continue to lead the Vettery team.

Laura Clark (BSAc ’05, MAcc ’05) was promoted to shareholder at certified public accounting firm Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter and Veil, P.A.

Michael Lessne (BSAc, MAcc ’06) was appointed a board member of Leadership Broward and is a partner at Broad and Cassel in Ft. Lauderdale.

Peter Weidner (BSBA ’04, MSF ’05) joined Wells Fargo Asset Management as the head of Factor Solutions within the Multi-Asset Solutions Team based in London.

Jet Theriac (MSF ’05) was named to Institutional Investor’s 2018 30 Hedge Fund Rising Start list.

Matthew Scafidi (MSM ’04) was hired as the Advertising and Operations Manager at Healthgrades.

Lindsay Brennan (MSM ’06) was named Marketing Manager for Automation at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.

Brian Biada (MSM ’13) wrote a book about his experience from 2009-2012 as a Florida Gator’s walk-on football player.

Kaley Miller (MS-ISOM ’00) was named the Marketing & Communications Manager of the Punta Gorda Airport.

Dean Foreman (MA ’92, Ph.D. ’95) was appointed Chief Economist at the American Petroleum Institute.

Michael McManus (MBA ’11) received the Oticon Focus on People Award for his accomplishment and contribution as an outstanding individual with hearing loss. He is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Kathleen Plinski (MBA ’12) was named the new Executive Vice President and Provost at Valencia College.

James Spradlin (MBA ’14) is the Founder, Executive Creative Director and Executive producer of Orlando Creatives.


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