Alumni & Friends

NIck Tharp sits in a large logo for GDIT

How this public relations major benefitted from a business education in the Master of Science in Management program

Reading Time: 2 minutes Nick Tharp (MSM ’19) graduated from the University of Florida’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) program in fall 2019 and is currently working for one of the world’s largest defense contractors, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). Like most people having been born and raised in Florida and nearby states, I always dreamt of attending the University of Florida. What I did not expect was the amount of personnel and professional opportunities and growth the university could provide me. The

Avison Young managing director named Bergstrom Center’s Alumnus of the Year

Reading Time: 2 minutes ORLANDO, Fla.—Nick Banks was honored as the 2020 Kelley A. Bergstrom Real Estate Center’s Alumnus of the Year at its annual Trends & Strategies Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Banks (BSBA ’90) is a principal and managing director with Avison Young and responsible for overseeing the firm’s activities in North Florida. He is the global leader of Avison Young’s Retail Affinity Group and also a member of the company’s US Executive Committee. “It was an amazing honor,” Banks said

Warrington entrepreneurs showcased at Gator100 event

Reading Time: 2 minutes The University of Florida recognized the 2020 Gator100 honorees on Friday, February 28 at the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Presented by the UF Alumni Association and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the Warrington College of Business, the Gator100 honors the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world. The event serves not only as a setting where UF’s elite entrepreneurs can gather and share their talents and wisdom, but as an inspiration to fellow Gators to

Atlanta, Georgia, USA downtown skyline at dawn.

C-suite views: Atlanta alumnae share career and leadership advice

Reading Time: < 1 minute When Business Gators leave The Swamp, they embark on a journey to make their mark on the world. Many move to the city famously known by only the first letter of its name – Atlanta.  Alison Rand, Suzanne Christensen and Lara Long are three Fisher School alumnae who made their way to the A-town and into the C-suite. In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite you to read how these wonder women climbed their way to the top of

Mr. Two Bits holding a sign in Ben Hill Graiffin stadium with blue tint. Text over the image reads Sand Up and Holler Thank you! #AllfortheGators

Thanks, Business Gators!

Reading Time: 2 minutes From Jon Cannon, Executive Director of Development We are blown away by the response from the Warrington College of Business community to the Gator Nation Giving Day in February. Thank you, Business Gators! It was a historic day for the university with 16,993 donations made by alumni, students and friends in 47 states and 20 countries, totaling more than $23.5 million. Warrington was well represented with 658 gifts, the third highest number of any initiative on campus. We are humbled

Stand Up & Holler for Warrington today!

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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. Today, we encourage you to bring that same excitement alongside your fellow Gators to Stand Up & Holler for Warrington. Stand Up & Holler is a 24-hour giving day that calls

Carlo Claudio speaks in a classroom with a projection of the Amazon logo behind him

How a Master of Science in Management helped prepare this alumnus for a role at Amazon

Reading Time: 2 minutes Carlo Claudio completed his Master of Science in Management (MSM) in 2014. Today, he is working as an area manager at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Amazon. He came to the MSM program with an undergraduate major in sports management from the UF College of Health and Human Performance. Carlo interviews people across the country for positions with Amazon. He came back to UF’s campus recently to share with students what to do and what not to do in an interview.  Q: Tell us about yourself.

Victoria Liu created an app to stop customers from standing in long lines.

Trading security for innovation

Reading Time: 2 minutes Victoria Liu secured a full-time job 18 months before graduating from the Fisher School of Accounting and was set to become an audit staff member at an accounting firm in Miami. That all changed when she attended a Florida football game. Liu (BSBA ’19, MAcc ’19) wanted to get a snack and drink at the concession stand, but when she found it, the line stretched throughout the concourse area. She retreated to her seat instead of waiting over 15 minutes

Tyler Peterson stands outside of the Weinermobile, a hotdog shaped bus.

How this Master of Science in Management alumnus became an Oscar Mayer Hotdogger

Reading Time: 2 minutes Tyler Peterson is a graduate of the Master of Science in Management program from 2018. Today, he is working at Oscar Mayer as a “Hotdogger,” driving the Wienermobile across the country. Tyler came to the MSM program as a combined student from the College of Arts’ School of Theatre + Dance. Q: Tell us about yourself. Peterson: “I came to the University of Florida as a freshman in the fall of 2015. My mother is a UF alumna who loved

Happy Valentine's Day written on a chocolate pizza with candy M&Ms

The Business of…Valentine’s Day gifts

Reading Time: 5 minutes Business principles are prevalent throughout almost all industries that impact your life. We decided to take a look at how business leaders implement these principles in their companies and how academic experts explain the impact business principles have on the decisions business leaders make. From real-world practice to years of study, our experts break down the business of everything you’ve wanted to know about. Love is in the air this month, and with it comes gift giving. Read on to