Alumni & Friends: page 33

Beall and Burns named Distinguished Alums for 2008

Gainesville, Fla. – Robert Beall II and Laurie Burns received the University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award during commencement ceremonies for the Warrington College of Business Administration held on Sunday, May 4. Robert Beall is executive chairman of Bealls Inc., based in Bradenton, Fla., which is the parent company for Beall’s Department Stores, Inc. operating in Florida, and Beall’s Outlet Stores, Inc., operating stores in Florida, Georgia and Arizona. Beall’s employs approximately 11,500 people and has annual sales exceeding $1.2

Kaufman, Rossin & Company donate $50,000 to Fisher School of Accounting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kaufman, Rossin & Company have pledged $50,000 to the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida in honor of firm founders and managing principles James R. Kaufman (BSBA ‘57) and Jay H. Rossin (BSBA ‘55). Founding the company in 1962, Fisher School alumni Jim and Jay set out to create a dynamic, young and innovative firm. Along the way, they built one of the largest (Top 100) CPA firms in the country, employing numerous UF

Bill Hough names graduate school with largest gift in UF history

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – William R. “Bill” Hough graduated as a member of the University of Florida’s first MBA class in 1948, and has been supporting UF ever since. Now, he makes university history again, as the donor of the largest private gift UF has ever received, $30 million dollars. In recognition of this overwhelming show of support, the university has established a new school that bears his name: The Hough Graduate School of Business. The gift establishes an endowment to

Real Estate Center receives $2.5 million to bolster program

Gainesville, Fla. – It was announced today that Kelley Bergstrom of Kenilworth, Ill. has pledged $2.5 million to the University of Florida’s Center for Real Estate Studies, which is housed in and part of the Warrington College of Business. The center, established in 1986, conducts extensive real estate economic research and offers numerous degree programs, including a one‐year Master of Science in Real Estate degree, a joint program with UF’s Levin College of Law allowing students to earn two degrees

Hough Program in Finance receives $1 million towards Faculty Challenge

William R. Hough , MBA 1948, knows a good business deal when he sees one. So when he saw the opportunity to enhance the finance program that bears his name at the Warrington College of Business, and at the same time answer UF President Bernie Machen’s Faculty Challenge, he couldn’t pass it up. Hough has made a gift of $1 million to the Hough Program in Finance, which will be matched with $250,000 from a special fund set up through