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Connecting UF past and present: Fred Fisher and Quinn Fisher Simpson

Pride for the University of Florida runs deep. With it comes a significant connection through multiple generations of families who bleed orange and blue. To highlight this connection, we asked current Business Gator Quinn Fisher Simpson (BSAc ’22) to reminisce with her grandfather, alumnus and namesake of the Fisher School of Accounting Fred Fisher (BSAc ’59) about life at UF, lessons learned in college, advice for the future and more.   Quinn Simpson: Why did you choose UF as the

Warrington alumnus a long-term asset for JPMorgan

Rob Cousin knew early in his life that finance was the career path he wanted to follow. His finance education began with his undergraduate degree in economics from Tulane University and continued with an MBA, concentrated in finance, from the University of Florida. While finance was the industry Cousin (MBA ’95) was drawn to, he never would have guessed that the private equity sector was where he’d end up. Cousin earned his degree in the UF MBA Full-Time program, which

Gainesville restaurants use UF grad’s app for food pickup

Alumna Victoria Liu (BSAc ’19, MAcc ’19) founded Byppo, an app that allows customers to place orders at local restaurants and pick up their food on site, while she was a student at the Fisher School of Accounting. Since March, more than 20 local restaurants have partnered with Byppo, including Cilantro Tacos and Embers Wood Grill. Read more about Liu’s success in this story from The Gainesville Sun.  You can also read more about Liu in Warrington’s story, Trading security for

An entrepreneurial passion

Shannon Carbone always knew she’d be an entrepreneur. After graduating from the Fisher School of Accounting in 1994, she worked at KPMG before later moving into the banking industry. But the dream to start her own company never left. As she worked with clients in her early roles, she started to see gaps in the market. She worked with mid-market companies who needed a qualified Chief Financial Officer but had a less than full-time, long-term need. That’s where CFO Strategic

Paying it forward

Suzanne Christensen was honored to speak on a panel at the 12th annual Fisher School’s Women in Accounting Symposium. The panel was titled “Specializing – How to Find your Specialty and Be Good At It,” and she heard good things about the other women on the panel with her, but they weren’t going to meet until the symposium began. That’s when she got a text from her sister-in-law, Wendi Christensen, with a picture of the event brochure showing they were

Master of International Business degree prepares alumnus for director role at General Dynamics

Timothy Feldman (BBA ’06, MIB ’10) is Senior Director, Subcontracts – Defense Division at General Dynamics Information Technology. One decade out from his Master of International Business (MIB) degree, he still keeps in touch and hired four Warrington students last year. Read more about Feldman and how the Master of International Business program helped him expand his understanding of non-U.S. economies, business strategies and cultures. Q: Tell us about your background.  Feldman: “I was born in Danbury, Connecticut but moved

Corporate Partnerships: AB InBev and Warrington

When Anheuser-Busch InBev makes its rounds to recruit elite universities for talent, the University of Florida Warrington College of Business has become an important stop. AB InBev’s stop at Warrington often comes through a career fair, information session or a special networking tasting event at a local bar or restaurant, but no matter when they come to campus, it’s always to meet with Warrington’s top talent.  Today, AB InBev produces one in every four beers sold around the world. As

Virtual UF Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit highlights confident creators, collaborators and changemakers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit will connect the Gainesville community with local and national women entrepreneurs on Friday, November 6. The virtual event will feature storytelling organization Guts & Glory GNV creative director Taylor Williams as its keynote speaker.  Held from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., the Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit is free for all UF students, faculty, staff and members of the local community. The event also includes presentations from other notable women entrepreneurs, including: Seyi

How a Master of International Business prepared this alumna for ALDI’s District Manager program

Iara Dircie (BABA, BA ’18, MIB ’19) is a graduate of the Master of International Business (MIB) program. Today, she is in ALDI’s District Manager training program. Read our interview with Iara to see how her master’s degree prepared her for her career. Q: Tell us something about yourself. Dircie: “I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to Miami, Florida at the age of four. I attended a magnet middle and high school for theater and competed on a jump

12 business podcasts you should listen to, according to the Warrington community

Faculty, staff and alumni from the Warrington College of Business shared their recommendations for podcasts you should be sure to check out. See their selections and what you’ll get out of listening to each in the list below. StartUp From Gimlet Media “I recommend an excellent podcast for business folks: Startup. They should start from day 1 and listen on. It goes through a life of many startups while the podcast itself is a startup of its founder who left his