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UF MBA alumnus has the ‘Midas touch’ when it comes to helping build successful companies

When Jeff Gold (MBA ’78) started his life after graduating from Northeastern University with his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, there were two factors he knew would influence his next steps. One, even after all his schooling, he wasn’t sure he would be a great engineer, and two, he was determined to live somewhere warmer than Boston.  Luckily for the Brooklyn, New York-native, Gold was able to expand his engineering background into something more suitable for his skills and interests

Summer reading suggestions from Warrington alumni

In addition to recommendations from Warrington faculty and staff, we asked alumni what books they recommend reading this summer. Check out their selections below and what you’ll get out of reading each. The Truth about Employee Engagement By Patrick Lencioni “This book will help any new or aspiring manager learn a framework and tools to engage, motivate and retain employees by eliminating the three primary causes of job misery: Anonymity, Irrelevance and Immeasurement.  ANONYMITY: People cannot be fulfilled in their work

New research highlights the impact of product substitutability on retailer and manufacturer profits

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For most people, a trip to the grocery store is a fairly simple errand. Some create lists while others rely on their memory for the items they need. But how does a customer choose among multiple items of the same type offered in a store? For example, if you’re looking to buy Greek yogurt, there are currently more than 10 brands choices available. For other items on your list, say raisin bran cereal, there are far less

Two UF MBA Class of 2020 graduates named among Best & Brightest Online MBAs by Poets & Quants

Nancy Oswald and Patrick Brennan represent two members of Poets & Quants’ Class of 2020 Best & Brightest Online MBAs.  What characteristics make a Best & Brightest Online MBA? According to Poets & Quants, strong academic performance, critical and consistent contributions, striking personal narratives, and innate potential, but most importantly, students who are so fundamental that you can’t imagine the class without them.  Read more about why Oswald and Brennan are among the Best & Brightest MBAs from the Class

Three UF MBA Class of 2020 members named MBAs to Watch by Poets & Quants

Vladimir Charles, Chris DiBiase and Alyssa Forbess may have only graduated in May, but they are already snagging spots as MBAs to keep an eye on as they gain momentum in their post-graduation lives. Charles, DiBiase and Forbess were chosen by Poets & Quants as 2020 MBAs to Watch.  What makes an MBA to Watch?  “Call them distinctive and eclectic – and rarely conventional. Their storylines aren’t always perfectly linear and clear. Many are still finding their way. For them,

How a Master of Science in Management benefitted this dental student

Andy Le is a graduate of the Master of Science in Management (MSM) from 2020. He is going on to the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program at University of Buffalo after completing his MSM. Andy came to the MSM program with an undergraduate degree in microbiology and cell science. Andy shares about his experiences in life and at Hough, how an MSM benefitted him as a dental student and more. Q: Tell us about yourself and how you came to

How this Master of International Business and marketing alumna benefitted from a combined degree

Chloe Beaver completed her BSBA and Master of International Business (MIB) in 2020. She recently moved on to her full-time role as a BLP Global Sales Associate with LinkedIn. Beaver shares about her experience as a combined degree student in the Hough Graduate School of Business, her campus involvement and advice for other students interested in a combined degree program. Q: Tell us about yourself and how you came to the combined MIB program. Beaver: “Since freshman year of college, I

Fisher School alumna wins respected award

Fisher School of Accounting alumna Dayna Simon earned the Elijah Watt Sells Award, given to CPA candidates who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam, pass all four sections of the exam on their first attempt and have completed all testing in 2019. There were only 133 recipients out of almost 75,000 candidates who sat for the CPA exam in 2019. Simon earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master

Warrington College of Business mourns the loss of UF’s greatest supporter and benefactor Al Warrington

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It is with heavy hearts that the University of Florida Warrington College of Business announces the loss of college namesake and UF’s greatest supporter – Alfred C. Warrington, IV. Warrington passed on May 20, 2020 of natural causes. He was 84 years old. “Al Warrington was our champion and our foundation,” said Dean John Kraft. “His continued leadership and generosity made it possible for the college to be recognized as one of the best business schools in

A guide to technology hardware pricing: New research highlights how companies can strategically price products, contrary to conventional pricing wisdom

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In today’s modern world, we rely heavily on technology to connect with others. From Zoom-calling into a work meeting via a Mac laptop or iPhone, to asking Alexa through the Amazon Echo to set a calendar reminder for birthdays of friends and family, hardware technology products are ubiquitous in our society. In fact, in 2019, more than 60 million Americans own a smart speaker, and Apple has 1.4 billion active devices like iPhones, iPads and Macs worldwide.