Alumni Class Notes: page 2

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!

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Maureen Short

Maureen Short (MBA ’03) | March 2024

Short (MBA 2003) was recently appointed to Big Lots’ Board of Directors.  Short served as the Chief Financial Officer of Upbound Group, Inc. (formerly known as Rent-A-Center), a publicly traded, multi-site, and omni-channel retailer from 2016 to 2022. Prior to

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In Memoriam | February 2024

Roger W. Cruce | BSBA ’72 | 1946-2023 | Cruce, of Orange Park, Florida, passed on May 13. After earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida, he ran his own title office for many years before going to

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In Memoriam | January 2024

Stewart B. Ira | BSBA ’56 | 1931-2023 | Ira, of Femandina Beach, Florida, passed on December 30. He served overseas in the United States Army after graduating from the University of Florida. When he returned to Florida, he made

Steven McComas

Steven McComas (BSBA ’90) | February 2024

McComas (BSBA 1990), MPA, MBA, CPA, CGMA received 2024 Gator100 Business recognition from the University of Florida Alumni Association, honoring former students leading with some of the fastest-growing business owners and entrepreneurs in the world for his company, Responsive Technology

Gevelyn McCaskill

Gevelyn McCaskill (MBA ’91) | February 2024

McCaskill (MBA 1991) was recently appointed as the Peabody Essex Museum’s (PEM) next Chief Financial Officer (CFO). McCaskill, who currently serves as PEM’s Director of Financial Planning and Business Intelligence, has held key leadership roles in the museum’s Finance department

Karen O’Byrne

Karen O’Byrne (BSAc ’89, MBA ’06) | February 2024

O’Byrne (BSAc 1989, MBA 2006) was recently named Vice Chair of the Holy Cross Health Board. She continues to serve as the Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee and will serve on the Board’s Executive Committee. O’Byrne serves as Senior

Loreen Spencer

Loreen Spencer (BSAc ’87, MAcc ’88) | February 2024

Spencer (BSAc 1987, MAcc 1988) was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Superior Group of Companies (SGC), which manufactures and sells a wide range of uniforms, corporate identity apparel, career apparel and accessories for the medical and health

John Dannecker

John Dannecker (BSBA ’85) | February 2024

Dannecker (BSBA 1985) was named a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL), a preeminent national construction law organization. Once inducted, he will be one of only four lawyers from Orlando to be a Fellow of the ACCL. 

Nick Banks

Nick Banks (BSBA ’90) | February 2024

Banks (BSBA 1990) was recently named CEO of Concept Companies.  Banks is a 30-year veteran in the commercial real estate industry. Much of his career has been spent as the CEO of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group which he

Kyle Sammons

Kyle Sammons (BS ’18, MS-ISOM ’20) | February 2024

Kyle Sammons (BS 2018, MS-ISOM 2020) has co-created a new athleisure brand: Fringe the Label. Born from a dream on the Ocala Muni course, Sammons used his education in biology and business to develop sustainably sourced clothing, wearable on and

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