Alumni Class Notes: page 1

In UF Warrington’s Alumni Class Notes, you have the opportunity to let your classmates know what’s going on in your life and career.

Did you get a promotion, new job or retire (lucky you!)? Maybe you got married, bought a house or had a baby (congrats!)? Are you just kicking butt and taking names (snaps for you!)? Let your fellow Business Gators know by submitting your Class Note!

Submitting a Class Note is also a great way to expand your network of Business Gators. By sharing what you’re up to, along with a link to your LinkedIn page, you give other Business Gators the opportunity to connect.

Share about yourself and connect with other Business Gators by submitting your Class Note today!

Charles Rickabaugh

Chad Rickabaugh (MSE ’22) | April 2024

After graduating from the MSE Program, Rickabaugh (MSE 2022) founded Revolution Ranch Marketing Agency with a transformative vision: to revolutionize how brands engage with their audiences through innovative Text Message Marketing. Drawing from the rich lessons of the MSE curriculum,

Charlie Render

Charlie Render (BSBA ’14, MS-ISOM ’15) | April 2024

Render (BSBA 2014, MS-ISOM 2015) is the owner and founder of Render Analytics. His company’s product ApplyGenie recently won a major tech start-up competition in Orlando, FL. Read more about ApplyGenie’s win in this story from the Orlando Business Journal. 

Lynn Maria Thompson author speaker in tiger jacket with cat

Lynn Thompson (BSBA ’79) | April 2024

Thompson (BSBA 1979) is serving in her second year as President of the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), an international business association for communications professionals whose work focuses on cats. The organization encourages excellence in cat communications with an annual awards

Felice Klein

Felice Klein (BSBA ’03) | April 2012

Klein (BSBA 2003), Assistant Professor at Boise State University, recently had her research featured in Forbes Magazine. The research highlights that women are vastly underrepresented in CEO roles.  Read more about the research in this story from Boise State University. 

Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold (BSBA ’80, JD ’83, DBA ‘17) | April 2024

Arnold (BSBA 1980, JD 1983, DBA 2017) was recently appointed as the founding dean of the Patty Arvielo School of Business and Management at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. He will begin on June 1.  As founding dean, Arnold

Doug Mehlenbacher

Doug Mehlenbacher (MBA ’16) | April 2024

Mehlenbacher (MBA 2016) is a senior integrated business planning consultant with MCSG. In his role, Mehlenbacher works in the supply chain arena for heavy industry. He started his career with Rayonier Advanced Materials in Jeup, GA and then Jacksonville, FL.

Class Notes - General

Peng Huang (MIB ’23) | April 2024

Huang (MIB 2023) is a Business Development Manager with Envision Energy. Based in Hanoi, Vietnam, Huang has used his master’s degree skills to conduct multiple business negotiations with prominent companies.  Connect with him on LinkedIn. 

Alison Rand

Alison Rand (BSAc ’90) | April 2024

Rand (BSAc 1990) was appointed to the Board of Directors of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated, a leading global life and health reinsurer. She begins her service on April 1, 2024. Rand is the retired Chief Financial Officer for Primerica,

Class Notes - General

Charles “Chuck” Ruffner (BSBA ’58) | March 2024

Ruffner (BSBA 1958) owns and practices in his own tax law firm in Miami. At 78, he is semi-retired. 

Dr. Michael Horwitz

Michael Horwitz (BSBA ’75) | March 2024

Dr. Horwitz (BSBA 1975) and his coin investigators were recently awarded a seeded grant from the Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at NSU to study the relationship of authentic leadership and organizational outcomes in the gig economy. This study