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Brad Gould (BSAc ’98, MAcc ’98) July 2020

Gould (BSAc 1998, MAcc 1998), a shareholder in Dean Mead’s Stuart and Fort Pierce offices, has been appointed as chair of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) S Corporations Committee for 2020-2022, effective today. Gould previously served as vice chair of the ABA S Corporations Committee.

Joseph Camerlengo Jr. (BSBA ’91, JD ’94) | June 2020

Camerlengo (BSBA 1991, JD 1994) decided to focus and then specialize in representing the victims of tractor trailer, bus and CMV crashes by founding The Truck Accident Law Firm. Using his BSBA background, Camerlengo created the first boutique law firm specializing in tractor trailer crashes in Florida. Camerlengo was the first Florida attorney to achieve Board Certification in Truck Accident Law from the N.B.T.A. His firm lives their motto of “do one thing, and do it better than everyone else.”

Chuck Valence (BSBA ’95) | June 2020

Valence (BSBA 1995), along with his wife Cyndy, is the Broker/Owner of Valence Realty Group LLC, a boutique residential real estate company in the Orlando area, and serves the Central Florida community at large. Valence started selling real estate in Gainesville in 1994 while still in school and 26 years later is still passionate about helping people buy and sell homes! Designations/Certifications include: Luxury Home Specialist, Seller Representative Specialist, Distressed Property Expert, REO Specialist. Connect with him on LinkedIn. 

Orlando Gutiérrez (BSBA ’13) | June 2020

Gutiérrez (BSBA 2013) was named a 2020 MBA to Watch by Poets & Quants. Gutiérrez recently graduated with his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He plans to enter the real estate investment and development industry.  Read more about Gutiérrez in his MBA to Watch profile. 

Tom McGurk (BSBA ’86) | May 2020

McGurk (BSBA 1986) is a Managing Director with BluWave, LP, a consulting firm servicing the PE industry. He joined the firm in late 2016 while it was in “stealth mode,” and has been responsible for client growth and account management from the outset. The firm has serviced over 350 private equity groups across North America by providing a unique solution focused on helping them locate specialty service providers for diligence and value-creation efforts. Connect with him on LinkedIn. 

Tadia James (BSBA ’11) | April 2020

James (BSBA ’11) is a venture capitalist with GingerBread Capital. In her role, she works closely with GingerBread’s portfolio of companies to drive operational efficiencies and generate revenue growth.  James started her career at J.P. Morgan in the Investment Bank in Sales Strategy covering the Latin American region before moving to the Cybersecurity Threat Intelligence team. Working at the intersection of business and technology, she was responsible for managing the strategy and distribution of timely, actionable, and highly secure threat

Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy (BSAc ’96, MAcc ’96) | April 2020

Gulacsy (BSAc 1996, MAcc 1996) is the Chief Accounting Officer at SeaWorld Entertainment. She was recently appointed interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, while retaining her role as CAO.  Gulacsy has been with the company for seven years and has previously served as interim CFO and Treasurer. Prior to her appointment as CAO, Gulacsy served as Corporate Vice President, Financial Reporting since 2016 and Director, Financial Reporting from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining SeaWorld, from 2011 to 2013, Gulacsy served as

Mike Silva (BSAc ’90, MAcc ’94, JD ’94) | April 2020

Silva (BSAc 1990, MAcc 1994, JD 1994) is partner at McDermott Will & Emery. The office recently expanded its Miami Tax and Private Client presence with a six-member team including Silva.  Silva advises on international tax law, focusing on US investment structures, cross-border tax issues, tax treaty planning, withholding obligations of US real property investments and US activities of foreign banks. He has significant experience advising on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in respect of third-party reporting obligations by

Brent Healy (MBA ’12) | March 2020

Healy (MBA 2012) and his wife Emma (MBA 2013) moved to the Atlanta area in January 2020 for Brent’s opportunity with Salesforce as a Senior Solution Engineer at Salesforce Tower Atlanta. Emma works remotely for Slate Advisors of San Francisco. They look forward to networking and making new Gator friends in the ATL! Connect with Healy on LinkedIn. 

Mary Jane Brunel (BSBA ’00) | March 2020

Brunel (BSBA 2000) is Commercial Acquisition and Leasing Specialist with Portal Realty. She earned her CCIM designation in 2015.  “Best Regards to my Graduating Class of 2000!” she said. “As this year is 2020, it’s time to look back with amazement at all I have accomplished since graduating that year. The Warrington College of Business provided me with a fine foundation for my chosen path of Commercial Real Estate. Last year was my best year yet. I needed help, so