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Thanks for your support, Business Gators!

Dear Business Gators, We are amazed by the response from the Warrington College of Business community to Gator Nation Giving Day on February 18. Thank you, Business Gators! It was a historic day for the University of Florida with 22,198 donations made by alumni, students and friends in 49 states and 21 countries, totaling more than $25.3 million. It’s no surprise that Warrington was well represented with 498 gifts, the fifth most of any initiative on campus. We are humbled

Corporate Partnerships: UBS and Warrington

Before 2013, the University of Florida Warrington College of Business wasn’t on the radar of UBS. When UBS employees went on the road to recruit, they rarely stopped in Gainesville or thought twice about interviewing Warrington students for their internships or full-time positions.  Today, the partnership between Warrington and UBS is strong. The investment bank and financial services company now frequents the Warrington campus for hires, and alumnus Jim Pellicane is an important reason why. Jim Pellicane (Managing Director at

Economic Empowerment

When Patricia Pacey (BA ’71, Ph.D. ’76) first came to the University of Florida, her aspiration was to be a high school math teacher. Growing up in a typical middle-class family in the 1950s and 60s, teaching was a common career route for women, and Pacey didn’t envision herself taking a different path. In the final semesters of her math bachelor’s degree program, Pacey was a work study student for the chair of the accounting department, Dr. Williard Stone. It

Join us February 18 for Gator Nation Giving Day

Two bits! Four bits! Six bits! A dollar! All for the Gators, stand up and holler! As an alumnus of the University of Florida, you’re likely familiar with the iconic Mr. Two Bits cheer, shouting it with 90,000 other Gators in The Swamp on a Saturday in the fall. On February 18, 2021, we encourage you to bring that same excitement alongside your fellow Gators to Stand Up & Holler for Warrington. Stand Up & Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day

Food with Roots

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Florida Gator magazine. “Groundbreaking.” “Authentic.” “Elegant.” “Enticing.” “Revolutionary.” These are among the accolades lavished on Chef Edouardo Jordan’s award-winning cooking. But they apply equally to the UF alum and 40 Gators Under 40 honoree himself. A native of St. Petersburg and chef/owner of three acclaimed Seattle restaurants, Jordan (BABA ’03, BSESS ’03) has dazzled the culinary world with his interpretations of American and Southern food – specifically, the dishes of

What are you doing to invest in yourself?

Investing is an important topic covered throughout your time in business school. But beyond the usual lessons on the stock market, there’s valuable knowledge to be gained about how to invest in one of the most important things that will make you successful – yourself. We Are Warrington podcast host Andy Lord ends every conversation with Warrington business leaders about what steps they’re taking in order to better themselves. See their top tips for investing in yourself below and check

Building Billions

Growing up in Miami, real estate development happened before Jim Heistand’s eyes. Constantly seeing properties being bought and sold, he was intrigued to learn about how these deals happened. Coming from a family with little financial means, understanding how he could make money in the process was significant, too. When it came time for Heistand (BSBA ’74) to attend college, the first in his family to do so, choosing the University of Florida was simple. “Being from Florida, UF was

From the Master of International Business to Oracle

Raquel “Rocky” Cartaya completed her Master of International Business (MIB) in the spring of 2020. She currently works at Oracle. See how the Master of International Business program helped her achieve her career aspirations. Q: Tell us about your background. Cartaya: “I grew up in Hallandale Beach, FL and then moved to Sarasota, FL to attend Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School. When I was younger, I loved playing tennis, and I continued to play through high school where I also

Selling UF MBA’s new South Florida home

The UF MBA Weekend Professional program in South Florida provided Mike Ciadella with the financial education to change his career from advertising technology sales to commercial real estate. Two years after graduating, Ciadella was using his knowledge to benefit the program. UF MBA opened its new facility in Miramar in 2019, and Ciadella (MBA ’17) and his team at Cushman & Wakefield sold the property that now houses the new South Florida MBA campus. “It was very unique to be

Why this psychology major chose to pursue a Master of International Business

Sara Londono (MIB ’20) is an incoming Emerging Leader Associate at Paylocity. This recent graduate of the Master of International Business (MIB) program tells us more about what her future holds and how the experience she gained in the MIB program helped her get there. Q: Tell us about your background. Londono: “My name is Sara Londono, I am a second-generation Colombian, and I grew up in St. Augustine, FL. During my formative middle school years, my family and I