Class Notes

With their eyes set on innovation and results, Business Gators across the world make a positive and robust impact on their businesses, in their careers and in the world. In the Class Notes, check out what Business Gators across the nation and world are up to.

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Nikul “Nik” Patel (MBA ’01) | January 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Patel (MBA 2001) is Senior Vice President of Information/Cybersecurity at Citi. He has been with Citi for over 10 years, holding various roles. Prior to Citi, Patel worked for Walmart and Accenture in multiple locations, including Charlotte, NC; New York, NY; Boston, MA; Portland, OR; and Los Angeles, CA. He has been active in the Northeast Florida community, serving as a board member on the St. John’s County School District IT Career Academies Advisory Council and part of the founding team of Citi’s

Joseph Mullany

Joseph J. Mullany (MBA ’89) | January 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Mullany (MBA ’89) has been appointed president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.  Previously, Mullany was president and chief executive officer of Bayfront Health Systems in St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Detroit Medical Center, a 2,100-bed academic health system with eight hospitals, five surgery centers and approximately 14,000 employees. 

John VanDuzer

John VanDuzer (BSAc, MAcc ’08) | January 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute VanDuzer (BSAc, MAcc 2008) will moderate the 10th Annual Gainesville Real Estate Forum on February 6, 2020. The annual event is held to allow industry professionals and those who work with them an opportunity to discuss the current state of business and real estate.  VanDuzer is a CPA and Partner at James Moore’s Gainesville office. 

Hal Grieb

Hal Grieb (BSBA ’04) | January 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Grieb (BSBA 2004) was recently named Director of Emergency Management for Alachua County; home to the University of Florida. Grieb’s selection makes him the first UF graduate to hold the Alachua County Director of Emergency Management role. Prior to his selection, Grieb was a founding member and Assistant Director of the University of Florida Department of Emergency Management. Connect with him on LinkedIn. 

Rebecca Reynolds Russell

Rebecca Reynolds-Russell (BSBA ’99) | December 2019

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reynolds-Russell (BSBA 1999) is Vice President, Government and Not-for-Profit Banking, at JPMorgan Chase. She was recently appointed to the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) by Governor Ron DeSantis. The FDFC works to help fund for-profit and non-profit businesses through the issuance of industrial revenue bonds. 

Gina Kinchlow

Gina Kinchlow (MBA ’00) | December 2019

Reading Time: < 1 minute Kinchlow (MBA 2000) is the President and CEO of Kinchlow & Co., a professional consulting services company, and an instructor of marketing at Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry. She used her MBA to launch her consulting services company and said her MBA was “a life-changing experience.” She is also the recipient of the Women’s Business Council’s Catalyst Award from the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce for her efforts to help female entrepreneurs in the community grow

Henri Rojzman stands in front of the Google logo

Henri Rojzman (MBA ’16) | November 2019

Reading Time: < 1 minute Rojzman (MBA 2016) is Head of Sales and Partnerships – Latin America at Google Hardware. He began working for the company in business development for Google Cloud, was promoted to enterprise sales manager, and attained his present position in April 2018.

Christian Martinez

Christian Martinez (BSBA ’98) | November 2019

Reading Time: < 1 minute Martinez (BSBA 1998) has been named regional president for Compass Florida. Based at Compass’ Miami Beach office, Martinez is focusing on growing the brokerage’s business throughout the state and overseeing its operations. Previously, he was interim country director – Mexico, and head of sales, U.S. multicultural, for Facebook. Before that, he held senior management roles at Univision. 

Kim Kaupe

Kim Kaupe (BA ’08) | November 2019

Reading Time: < 1 minute Kaupe (BA 2008) will be presented with the EY Young Innovator of the Year Award from the Junior Achievement of New York at its 2019 Leadership Awards Gala. The EY Young Innovator of the Year Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the innovation and creativity driving the growth of New York’s economy. 

Evan Jenkins

Evan Jenkins (BSBA ’83) | November 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutes Jenkins (BSBA 1983) was named Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia beginning in 2021.  Jenkins was appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia by Governor Jim Justice on August 25, 2018, and took the oath of office on October 1. Justice Jenkins was elected on November 6, 2018, to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Justice Robin Davis until the end of that term on December 31, 2024. At the time