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In 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!

Rebecca Carter holds a copy of her book, Little Quotes by Little Folks.

Rebecca Carter (BSBA ’98) | June 2021

Carter (BSBA 1998) is the Managing Partner & Editor of “Little Quotes by Little Folks,” a collection of funny, profound and just plain absurd quotes from kids around the world. The book is available in hardcover and paperback and is filled with over 100 pages of hilarious illustrated kid quotes that the whole family can enjoy reading together.  Connect with her on LinkedIn. 

Victoria Liu

Victoria Liu (BSAc ’19, MAcc ’19) | June 2021

Liu (BSAc ’19, MAcc ’19) is Founder and CEO of Byppo Technologies.  Byppo, Gainesville’s innovative local food service platform, is partnering with Aramark, a global leader of acclaimed services in food, facilities, and uniforms, to bring a revolutionary campus dining experience to the University of Florida. Byppo will launch BYPPOCampus, an on-campus delivery service program–entirely staffed by students–to deliver food from UF Gator Dining directly to students in their dorms. Read more about the partnership in this press release. 

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James Leverentz (BSBA ’65) | June 2021

Leverentz (BSBA 1965) is retired from two positions, one as a contracts manager with Marvin Test Solutions and the second as an instructor at the University of California – Irvine.  Leverentz has over 20 years of experience in contract management and purchasing agreements. He has managed contracts and purchasing agreements with the U.S. government, domestic and international firms, and foreign governments. He lives in California with his wife and has three children and seven grandchildren. 

Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia (MBA ’04) | June 2021

Garcia (MBA 2004) is Vice President at the Miami Division of Ferreira Construction Co., an ENR Top 175 contractor with headquarters in New Jersey and regional offices in the northeast, California, and Florida. Garcia oversees an operation that is involved in the construction of South Florida’s infrastructure for clients like the Florida Department of Transportation, Miami-Dade County and Broward County. Garcia and his wife live in Miami with their 3 kids. Connect with him on LinkedIn. 

Lillian Mills

Lillian Mills (BSAc ’80, MAcc ’81) | June 2021

Mills (BSAc 1980, MAcc 1981) was named dean of the University of Texas – Austin McCombs School of Business. Mills is the first woman to serve as permanent dean of McCombs in the school’s nearly 100-year history. She previously held the role of interim dean since April 2020. As the interim dean, Mills has been heavily involved in leading operations and strategies to continue advancing the mission of the college amid a pandemic. Mills brings a breadth of experience, from

Alicia Holden

Alicia Holden (BSBA ’12) | June 2021

Holden (BSBA 2012) has joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) as Associate Counsel – Technology, Events and Team Marketing and Business Operations (TMBO). Prior to joining the NBA, Holden worked at Wargo French LLP where she regularly supported companies in technology transactions, M&A, commercial transactions and other business law matters. Holden will be moving to New York City in her new role. Connect with her on LinkedIn. 

Zannon Garza

Zannon Garza (BSBA ’09) | June 2021

Garza (BSBA 2009) was named the Director of Strategic Development at DeAngelis Diamond.  In her role, Garza is responsible for networking, community involvement and developing relationships with potential and existing clients. Based out of the Naples, FL office, Garza will serve the South West Florida region and play an integral part in winning South West Florida projects.

Cynthia Rignanese

Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese (BSBA ’87, JD ’90) | June 2021

Rignanese (BSBA 1987, JD 1990) is the founder and senior managing law partner at Rignanese & Associates. This year, she is celebrating 30 years of practicing law in Polk County.  Rignanese has received numerous awards for her outstanding professional accomplishments and dedication. Her law practice focuses in the areas of estate planning and administration, wills, trusts, real estate, corporate and business law at Rignanese & Associates, PLLC. She has traveled around the globe to 117 nations and believes in “Practicing

Eric Wolf

Eric Wolf (BSBA ’10) | May 2021

Wolf (BSBA 2010) is president of Excel Construction of Florida. He recently received the Connect Media CRE Next Generation Award, which honors young professionals who are influential in the commercial real estate industry. Each year Connect Media selects individuals for its Next Generation Awards who demonstrate talent, drive and innovation. Out of nearly 500 submissions from across the country, Wolf was selected as a winner from the state of Florida. Other winners were chosen from California, Texas, New York, Chicago,

Kristen Yates

Kristen M. Yates (BSBA ’06) | May 2021

Yates (BSBA 2006) has been promoted to Partner at Silverman Schermer in South Florida. Yates’ practice is devoted primarily to estate and gift planning and trust and estate administration, but also brings extensive corporate transactional experience to her new role. She works with business owners and management in a variety of business matters, including representing both buyers and sellers in lower and middle market transactions, and preparing operating agreements, shareholder agreements and employment agreements.  Her tax background has helped her serve