Warrington graduates honored with Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Warrington College of Business Administration graduates Melissa Hilliard, Scott Bridgman and Peter Chung were recipients of the University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni Award this past weekend.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Awards recognize graduates under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in business, community or service.

Hilliard (BSPR, ’02, MBA ’08), representing the Hough Graduate School of Business, is the Media Relations Manager for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control coordinating with national, international, trade and local media while supporting more than 50 programs. Hilliard resides on Lockheed Martin’s Strategy Advisory Council, multiple Corporate and Electronic Systems process improvement teams and is a University Relations recruiter for the company.

Hilliard, 30, began her Lockheed Martin career in 2002 enrolling in the Communications Leadership Development Program where she supported community relations activities at the Aeronautics Company in Palmdale, Calif., and provided media relations and public affairs support to Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando among other stops. After completing the program, Hilliard joined Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas where she supported the Air and Missile Defense and Tactical Missiles lines of business. Hilliard, a member of UF MBA’s Working Professional Alumni Advisory Board, transferred to Missile and Fire Control in Orlando in 2006 as a program communicator supporting Apache Programs.

Bridgman (BSAC, MACC ’05) representing the Fisher School of Accounting, is a Manager at the accounting firm LarsonAllen LLP in Orlando where his practice focuses on international taxation, corporate audits and taxation and audits employee benefit plans. He also helps direct LarsonAllen’s recruiting efforts at UF.

Bridgman, 29, is a Certified Public Accountant and active member of the Florida Institute of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Bridgman is a parishioner at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Winter Springs, Fla., and has chaperoned mission trips to foreign countries with UF students.

Chung (BSBA Finance ’02), representing the School of Business, is an Associate and Analyst for Steinberg Asset Management. Before joining Steinberg, Chung was an Assistant Vice President in the Global Real Estate Capital Markets Group at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital and an Equity Research Associate at Raymond James & Associates

Chung, 31, has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.