Michael Donohoe, Candan Erenguc and Juliane Iannarelli
From left: Michael Donohoe, Candan Erenguc and Juliane Iannarelli.

Warrington graduates honored as Outstanding Young Alumni by UF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –  Three graduates of the University of Florida Warrington College of Business were recently honored by the UF Alumni Association as 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni.

Juliane Iannarelli, Michael Donohoe and Candan Erenguc are three of 30 University of Florida alumni who received this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award on Saturday, April 14.

Juliane Iannarelli – Heavener School of Business

Iannarelli (BSBA ’03, MIB ’04) is Senior Vice President and Chief Knowledge Office at the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International where she leads and continues to develop the Business Education Intelligence team. AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence and professional development services to over 1,600 member organizations and nearly 800 accredited business schools worldwide. Iannarelli lead a multi-year, multi-stakeholder effort to develop “A Collective Vision for Business Education,” which identified opportunities for business schools to reimagine their purpose in an ever-changing world.

Q: What is the best memory you have from your time at Warrington?

Iannarelli: “My best memories are of sitting out in the courtyard to read or prepare for class amidst the trees and bustling activity of other students and the faculty.”

Q: How did your time at Warrington prepare you for your current role?

Iannarelli: “My work at AACSB enables me to have a strong appreciation for all that goes on, behind the scenes, to ensure that business students are prepared to contribute in very positive ways to their organizations and communities. My time at Warrington was a great example of this, giving me a solid foundation of understanding how organizations run, as well as an appreciation for the impact that business can have on a community and economy. My experience there also nurtured my love of learning about differences across countries and cultures.”

Q: What does it mean to you to be named an Outstanding Young Alumnus?

Iannarelli: “It is very humbling and, at the same time, purpose reinforcing, to be named an outstanding alumnus by a school that graduates so many who are contributing in great and unique ways. I take inspiration from this recognition and hope to continue to show why it’s great to be a Florida Gator!”

Michael Donohoe – Fisher School of Accounting

Donohoe (BSAc ’01, Ph.D. ’11) is Associate Professor of Accountancy and PwC Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business. After graduating from UF, he was recognized with the American Taxation Association Outstanding Tax Dissertation Award and has established an influential academic publication record. He has also been honored with the Head’s Award for Excellence in Accountancy Education from the University of Illinois, and further serves his field by sitting on the Board of Trustees from the American Taxation Association.

Q: What is the best memory you have from your time at Warrington?

Donohoe: “I have two “best” memories because they are related. The first memory is my initial day of the Accounting Ph.D. program in 2006. Despite having left a secure job in public accounting to pursue a five-year program of study, I remember walking into Gerson Hall at peace knowing that I had returned “home” to Warrington. The second memory is the day I defended my Ph.D. dissertation in 2011, which was the bittersweet culmination of a decade-long journey to a faculty position at one of the most prominent accounting programs in the world (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).”

Q: How did your time at Warrington prepare you for your current role?

Donohoe: “My current position as an Associate Professor of Accountancy requires (among other things) a high-level of self-motivation. The faculty of the Fisher School of Accounting, especially my dissertation chairman, Gary McGill, set rigorous expectations for Ph.D. students but also provided a fair amount of independence. This combination quickly taught me the importance of working towards my goals every single day.”

Q: What does it mean to you to be named an Outstanding Young Alumnus?

Donohoe: “Being a Gator has always been a source of personal pride. But, to learn that the Gator Nation is proud of me for my accomplishments is quite uplifting and motivating. In short, it means the world to me. You can’t stop a Gator!”

Candan Erenguc – Hough Graduate School of Business

Erenguc (BSBA ’00, MS-ISOM ’00) is the Senior Vice President for Operations Excellence at lululemon athletica. In her role, she focuses on driving growth and profitability to meet market demand and investor commitments. She credits her personal and professional inspiration to her mother, who balanced motherhood with being a great professional, daughter, sister and friend.

Q: What is the best memory you have from your time at Warrington?

Erenguc: “In retrospect, it’s the simplicity of sitting outside in the courtyard behind Stuzin Hall and studying on a beautiful day, leaves rustling and azaleas blooming. We have a lovely campus that blends amazingly with the community. Bringing my children to campus makes me nostalgic for my time there.”

Q: How did your time at Warrington prepare you for your current role?

Erenguc: “My degrees provided me with two really important foundational skill sets. The first is a strong quantitative education. Knowing how to build models and run complex analytics was a real differentiator early in my career and as my career progressed, it’s allowed me to lead analytics teams and ensure a strong fact base underlying my work. The second is the practical knowledge that I learned through my supply chain classes like production management, procurement, project management, and etc. I was able to leave Warrington and head straight to an automotive manufacturing shop floor in Detroit. That was excellent.”

Q: What does it mean to you to be named an Outstanding Young Alumnus?

Erenguc: “It’s an honor! I am so impressed with the caliber of talent among which I find myself! I’m really proud and flattered and hope that I can prove myself worthy of this distinction.”

The University of Florida Alumni Association presents the Outstanding Young Alumni Award annually. The award program was established in 2006 to recognize alumni under age 40 whose achievements positively reflect the Gator Nation®. Criteria for the award include making a significant impact on their industry and having professional accomplishments at the state, national or international level.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes graduates from all of UF’s 16 colleges. This year’s winners range from doctors and pharmacists to entrepreneurs and artists. Past award winners include meteorologist Stephanie Abrams, politician Adam Putnam and sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews.