Alumni & Friends

Lene Staertzel

How a Master of International Business alumna made her career in the luxury automobile industry

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lene Staertzel completed her Master of International Business (MIB) in 2011. She now works as the Delivery Programs Manager for Porsche Cars. In her free time, she enjoys running marathons (the Big Sur Marathon is her favorite) and reading, which she keeps up with by using Audible. (The best thing about Audible is being able to speed up the reading so you can learn things more quickly, she said.) We spoke with Staertzel about how the Master of International Business

Emma Magee sits in the engine of an airplane

After the Master of Science in Management: Life at JetBlue

Reading Time: 2 minutes By: Emma Magee, BSPR ’18, MSM ’19 My journey through college took me to new places, career choices and new heights. As a recent Master of Science in Management (MSM) graduate, I knew that I was prepared to take the next step in my career thanks to the undeniable preparation, knowledge and skills that I gained throughout the program. I am currently placed in the corporate communications department of JetBlue Airways in Long Island City, New York, as part of

Alysse Rothbaum sits in Barcelona.

Master of International Business alumna highlights the importance of teamwork in school and after

Reading Time: 3 minutes Alysse Rothbaum completed her BSBA in 2011 and Master of International Business (MIB) in 2012. Today, Alysse works as a Demand & Deployment Analyst at Victoria’s Secret.  Alysse spoke with us about how her MIB degree set her up for success in New York City and advice she has for current students. By Alysse Rothbaum, BSBA ’11, MIB ’12 After graduating with my Master of International Business, I did what most Floridians do – move to Kansas! To be honest,

Emily Longo

A music major on her Master of Science in Management experience

Reading Time: 2 minutes Emily Longo graduated from the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program in 2018. Today she works at Amazon in Miami as an Operations University Recruiter. She shared with us how her MSM degree was the next best step in her career journey after graduating with a degree in music.   By Emily Longo, MSM ’18 I graduated from Florida State University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I had been passionate about music my entire

Bruce Brandes and his daughter and son at a GatorFootball game

Business Gators come back, give back: Bruce Brandes

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every fall, the University of Florida welcomes back its alumni for Homecoming, a celebration of alma mater pride across all generations of Gators. While most alumni return for the single Homecoming weekend, some alumni travel back to campus throughout the year. Art Jacobs and Bruce Brandes are two of these alumni that make a point to come back to campus to engage with two Warrington programs that are important to them – the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program and the Entrepreneurship and

Giving back to the Fisher School

Reading Time: 3 minutes Who says accounting isn’t romantic? For Aaron (BSAc ’04, MAcc ’04) and Carly (BSPR 04) Topol, the Fisher School of Accounting played an integral role in their lives both professionally and personally.  Now married for more than 15 years, the couple briefly dated in high school before leaving for the University of Florida. They soon reunited on campus after Carly enrolled in the Intro to Financial Accounting course and knew she needed a bit of extra help. At her mother’s

Business Gators Come Back, Give Back: Art Jacobs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every fall, the University of Florida welcomes back its alumni for Homecoming, a celebration of alma mater pride across all generations of Gators. While most alumni return for the single Homecoming weekend, some alumni travel back to campus throughout the year. Art Jacobs and Bruce Brandes are two of these alumni that make a point to come back to campus to engage with two Warrington programs that are important to them – the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program and the Entrepreneurship and

Group of employees from RotoGrinders

Three Lessons From Entrepreneurs Who Rode The Fantasy Sports Wave To A $35M Valuation

Reading Time: 1 minute Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship alumnus and Sales Manager at Google Cloud Mark Hall (MSE ’09) recently spoke with fellow MSE alumnus and RotoGrinders Co-Founder Cameron MacMillan (BSAc ’07, MSE ’09) about how he and his co-founders created the daily fantasy sports forum where players can compete and discuss best performing lineups and player performances across multiple sports.  Read how MacMillan and team built their company to one with a $35 million valuation and the lessons they

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From $500 to $5 million – How two UF students turned a side hustle into a multimillion-dollar business

Reading Time: 5 minutes How it started When Karthik Shanadi (BS ’14), 27, and Luke McGurrin (BSBA ’14), 28, were looking to make apparel for an upcoming fundraiser for their fraternity, they couldn’t find a company that could meet their needs – a short turnaround time, unique design capabilities, all at an affordable price. “All of the local distributors had a hard time meeting the quick turnaround we needed, and all of the online vendors that we could afford didn’t provide help with the

New York City skyline with Empire State Building lit up with orange and blue lights

Gotham Gators: Warrington alumni take a bite out of the Big Apple

Reading Time: 6 minutes When Business Gators leave The Swamp, they embark on a journey to make their mark on the world. Many set their sights on New York City, and with good reason; if they can make it there, they can make it anywhere. Krishna Memani, Anu Mathur Rajakumar and Miles Wilkin are just three of the more than 2,600 Warrington alumni who have taken a Gator Chomp out of the Big Apple. Read how Memani, Rajakumar and Wilkin made their way to success