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Warrington College of Business mourns the loss of alumnus and supporter William “Bill” Hough

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It is with deep sadness that the University of Florida Warrington College of Business shares the loss of one of its alumni and strongest supporters – William “Bill” R. Hough. The namesake of the Hough Graduate School of Business and William R. Hough Master of Science in Finance program passed on April 11 at the age of 93. “Bill Hough was a catalyst for innovation at Warrington,” said Dean John Kraft. “His long-time generosity and support gave

Feeding Florida families amid COVID-19

For Kurt and Teresa Long, life amid the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t altered too drastically. The St. Petersburg couple feels lucky to say that the biggest change to their lives is limiting their outings to only the grocery store. The Longs recognize, though, that they don’t share the same reality as many of their fellow Floridians.   The reality is that the state of Florida has only been able to process about 4% of its unemployment claims, leaving more than 850,000

Warrington alumnus transitions plastics company to make face shields amid COVID-19 pandemic

Before the coronavirus asserted its grasp on the world, a normal day for Joseph McCabe (BSBA ’10) would have been centered around managing the team at Hialeah-based Faulkner Plastics. In his role as Vice President of the 55-year-old, family-owned company, he oversaw the production and distribution of plastic products, specifically in stock shapes like sheets, rods and tubes. Faulkner Plastics specialized in both distributing a variety of plastic commodities to local and regional businesses as well as fabricating custom-made pieces

What you need to know about small businesses during COVID-19

This is a challenging time for small businesses around the world. As restaurants close their dining rooms to avoid the spread of COVID-19, they’re forced to go exclusively to curbside pickup and takeout options. In Gainesville, popular hangout Swamp Head Brewery is facing similar challenges. We spoke with owner/operator Luke Kemper (BSBA ’05) about the challenges small businesses are facing at this time and how consumers can help them. Q: What are the specific challenges Swamp Head is facing at

App developed by Fisher School alumna offering curbside pickup now free for customer and business use

“Many restaurants are now forced to start offering curbside pickup or delivery due to coronavirus concerns. We’ll show you how an app called Byppo developed by a UF graduate is making it easier for both businesses and customers to do so all for free,” writes Landon Harrar of WCJB.  Learn more about how Fisher School of Accounting alumna Victoria Liu’s (BSAc, MAcc ’19) app is helping connect restaurants with customers during the COVID-19 outbreak in this story from WCJB. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Business Gators!

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