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Read the latest stories about University of Florida Warrington College of Business alumni and friends, a powerful network of business graduates who are leading industries around the world.

Mary Pat Dunleavy award group photo

Title industry leader named 2023 Bergstrom Center Alumna of the Year

UF Warrington is proud to announce Mary Pat Dunleavy (BA’87) as the 2023 Bergstrom Center Alumna of the Year. Dunleavy is currently SVP, Agency Division Manager of the statewide operations for Fidelity National Financial representing the title underwriters: Commonwealth, Chicago

Keith Koenig received the Horatio Alger Award.

Prominent Warrington alumnus recognized with prestigious Horatio Alger Award

CITY Furniture Co-Founder and Chairman Keith Koenig was a recipient of the 2023 Horatio Alger Award, earning a spot in the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. For 76 years, the award has been given annually to esteemed individuals

Dom DeSantiago

Warrington College of Business mourns the loss of associate director of Fisher School of Accounting Dominique DeSantiago

It is with deep sadness that the University of Florida Warrington College of Business shares the loss of Dominique “Dom” DeSantiago. The former associate director for Fisher School of Accounting passed away on February 23. He was 63 years old.

Chidubem Ofokansi stands in front of Gator statues.

MSM Alumni Spotlight: Chidubem Ofokansi

Chidubem Ofokansi (MSM ’22) is a recent graduate from the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program. After earning his undergraduate degree in Political Science, Ofokansi shares how an education in business is benefitting his professional career. Q: What is

Darren Nicol

New AI technology could help you find your next job

Off the coast of the rugged North Sea, Darren Nicol (MSE ’17) was looking for opportunities beyond his oil and gas sector. Feeling pigeon-holed in his career, he decided to take a year off to travel and further his education.

Lezlee Westine

Building bipartisan bridges

In the years since Lezlee Westine (BSBA ’82) graduated from the University of Florida, she has held leadership positions in the tech hub of Silicon Valley to the country’s government seat in Washington, D.C. No matter the industry focus, Westine

Ali Welch, Juliette Welch, Buddy Welch, James Welch

Alumni on the Rise – Ali Thompson Welch

Ali Thompson Welch (BSBA ‘13) is a problem solver. She believes in helping the consumer, discovering an issue and facing it head on.  Welch grew up in Lakeland and earned her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Florida

Tara Blythe is featured at a Female Executives in Tech conference.

Empathy is the key to successful leadership

On National Leadership Day, we caught up with Tara Blythe (BSBA ‘02), Chief People Officer for Infotech, Inc. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the areas of organizational strategy and workforce development. We asked her to share

Brian Levine stands with a teammate next to a trophy.

Pick up your paddle: Pickleball is the next big thing

Brian Levine (BSBA ’92) recently accepted a position as interim CEO of the only professional team league in America’s new favorite sport – Major League Pickleball (MLP). “If you knew me, you’d know it’s not shocking at all that I

Grace White, DVM

Calling all cats

Grace White, DVM is the owner of All Cats Healthcare Clinic, a local small animal hospital. She shares how the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program helped combine her love for animals and passion for business. Dr. Grace White