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How much is a ‘like’ worth?

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The average person ‘likes’ about 12 posts per month on Facebook. With 1.82 billion active users logging onto the social media platform every day, that adds up to a lot of likes. Roughly 728 million likes per day, in fact. But how much is a ‘like’ really worth? According to new research from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, it’s not much, especially if you’re a company looking to drive sales through social media. In

Kevin Neff and Joy Scott

Two UF MBA Class of 2021 graduates named among Best & Brightest Online MBAs by Poets & Quants

Kevin Neff and Joy Scott represent two members of Poets & Quants’ Class of 2021 Best & Brightest Online MBAs.  As Poets & Quants writes, in the past, Online MBAs were sometimes stigmatized and considered an MBA Lite, even though the same content was taught by the same professors with the same demands. In reality, online MBA students were squeezing in school requirements alongside 50-60 work weeks – always expected to meet family obligations without missing a beat. With COVID, online

PwC's incoming internship program

Corporate Partnerships: PwC

Early in Henry Miyares’ career at PwC, he made it a priority to bring other Gators with him. Now 39 years into his career and closing in on retirement, Miyares has recruited many successful Gators to the firm. As he continues to work with fellow alumnus Mike Quackenbush to recruit from the UF Warrington College of Business, the duo has played an important role in getting Business Gators into one of the most well known firms in the world. Henry

Ben Plotkin poses for a photo on the NYSE stock exchange floor under a sign with the Stifel trading price and analytics.

Success through service

Ben Plotkin (BSBA ’76) fondly remembers his teenage years working at his father’s lumber and hardware store in Miami in the 1960s. It was during the shifts he worked every weekend that he learned the business philosophy he’d carry forth throughout his career – if you listen to the customer, they will reward you. “I grew up in a culture where the customer is king,” he said. “That mindset forces you to listen to the customer. We’d call this having

Hongseok Jang

Warrington Ph.D. student graduates from UF with tenure-track position and best paper

Recent Information Systems & Operations Management Ph.D. graduate Hongseok Jang has a lot to be proud of as he ends his time at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business. Not only was his recent paper named among the best at a Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) meeting, but Jang will also begin a new role as an assistant professor at Tulane University this summer. The paper, “Store Brand Introduction and Multilateral Contracting,” received an honorable mention at

Kristyn Cadwell

UF MBA alumna named among Poets & Quants’ 100 Best & Brightest MBAs

Distant. Online. Uncertain. When COVID hit, MBAs watched their world turn upside down. Suddenly, there was a grave risk attached to the hallway chats and class discussions they once took for granted. Hunkered down in their apartments, the Class of 2021 watched as their overseas treks, annual traditions, and internships were cancelled. After the first semester sprint, the spring slog put a new spin on ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ as students scaled back expectations in the new normal. In the

Erika Nang Sobze poses for a photo in her graduation cap and gown in front of the Gator Ubiquity Statue.

Erika Nang Sobze, MBA ’21 | We Are Warrington

With her husband and her family far away during a global pandemic, Full-Time MBA 2021 graduate Erika Nang Sobze learned to lean on her Warrington community for support as a mother and a student. Erika’s project, Upskill Talent Solution, won the Social Impact Award at Warrington’s Big Idea competition in April 2021.

Jonathan Goren

Meet the Masters of Accounting

Fisher School of Accounting alumnus Jonathan Goren was featured in this story from Poets & Quants about some of the impactful recent graduates who earned a master’s in accounting.  Read on to learn more about Goren and how his Fisher School experience prepared him for his role as a tax consultant with Deloitte in his full profile story. 

Warrington alumna Jessica Rhodes shares a video message upon winning the No. 1 spot on the Gator100 list from her company's office.

Warrington alumna at the top of the seventh annual Gator100

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida recognized the 2021 Gator100 honorees on Friday, April 23 during a special virtual ceremony, including 44 Warrington alumni who were represented on the list. Presented by the UF Alumni Association, 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 be a

Nelly Wilson poses for a photo on a bike in front of Google's office in Austin.

How did you get your job at Google?

Lord: This is gonna get edited out. I’m in a kid’s band and we played the little kid stage. Austin Kiddie Limits not really the Austin City Limits, but I’m still on the t-shirt. I opened up for the The Cure, why not? Wilson: That’s fantastic. Hey, nobody needs to know the second part. Just the first part. Lord: Right, yeah, we’ll leave the first part in. “We are Warrington” is a new podcast that helps young business leaders discover