Alumni Spotlight Articles: page 1

Ashley Haynes-Gaspar

Living each day to learn

For Ashley Haynes-Gaspar (BSBA ’99), learning wasn’t just something she did in school – it was woven into every day of her life. Growing up with a business-leader father, Haynes-Gaspar jokes that she was the only 5-year-old with a three-year

Steve Raney

Lessons in leadership

When Steve Raney (BSBA ’88, MBA ’99) first came to the University of Florida, he thought that law school would be his next step upon completing his bachelor’s degree. One semester working in the UF Law library, though, was enough

Mark Dawkins

Sustaining the ‘language of business’

Mark Dawkins (MBA ’87, MAcc ’88) had long been interested in tinkering with objects, like clocks, radios and other mechanical items. His interest ran deep enough to persuade him to begin his college career at Georgia Tech as a mechanical

Kate Mays

Relentless forward motion

For Kate Mays (BSBA ’06), the decision to bolster her education with a degree from the University of Florida was straightforward. The Jacksonville native’s father was an alumnus of UF Law, and her older brothers were both Warrington graduates. Her

Always risk on

Editor’s note: Sadly, Steve Schnall unexpectedly passed on August 2, 2022. You can view his obituary in The New York Times.  From an early age, Steve Schnall (BSAc ’89) had to learn how to hustle. As one of two sons

John Janick

A champion for headliners

Growing up with a father who worked as a doctor, John Janick (BSBA ’01) initially thought he should follow in his dad’s footsteps and pursue the pre-med track as a freshman at the University of Florida. However, a week or

Steve Kiker poses for a photo in front of the Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Bank trading floor

Operating with a base built on a drive for learning and advancement

Growing up as the son of two teachers, Steve Kiker (BSAc ’95) understood the value of education from an early age. For Kiker, learning wasn’t just about taking in information from textbooks, it was a process based on a drive

Ashley Crandall

Taking the stairway to success

For Ashley Crandall (BSBA ’05), decisions are almost never made quickly. As someone who has long valued fiscal responsibility and doing research before coming to a conclusion, it still surprises Crandall how quickly she made the decision to attend the

Master of the course and the courtroom

When Fred Ridley arrived at the University of Florida campus as a student, he expected it to be a quick stop on his way to a professional golf career. Instead, it turned into four years that would help shape his

Tanya Sanders

Engineering a business executive

Tanya Sanders’ love for math and science started at an early age. She always had a natural interest in the fields, but one particular experience solidified her passion. Around the second or third grade, Sanders (MBA ’07) participated in her