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!

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.

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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,

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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

Christopher Zacca

Christopher Zacca (MBA ’82) | March 2024

Zacca (MBA 1982), CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica, is being awarded the 2024 American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) International Achievement Award. Zacca, whose professional career has positively impacted the health, education, and economic growth of Jamaicans for over 30 years,

John Ploschek

John Ploschek (BSBA ’87) | March 2024

Ploschek (BSBA 1987) was recently hired as The Otto Group’s new Director of Wealth Services. In this role, he will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of fiduciary wealth management solutions and investment research for The Otto Group.  In synergy

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