Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Articles

Mary Jane Brunel leans against one of her commercial property windows in Gainesville, FL

Mary Jane Brunel (BSBA ’00) | March 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Brunel (BSBA 2000) is Commercial Acquisition and Leasing Specialist with Portal Realty. She earned her CCIM designation in 2015.  “Best Regards to my Graduating Class of 2000!” she said. “As this year is 2020, it’s time to look back with amazement at all I have accomplished since graduating that year. The Warrington College of Business provided me with a fine foundation for my chosen path of Commercial Real Estate. Last year was my best year yet. I needed help, so

Matt Clark

Matt Clark (BSBA ’01, JD ’04) | February 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Clark (BSBA 2001, JD 2004) is President at Broadway Real Estate Services and StoreRight Self Storage. He recently became the chairman of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. Clark is a long time Lakelander who began his professional career as a commercial litigator, with a strong focus on commercial real estate litigation. He began his legal career with one of Atlanta’s largest law firms, Troutman Sanders LLP, before returning to Lakeland and joining Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A. In 2009,

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Robert Wright (BSBA ’62) | February 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Upon Wright’s 1962 graduation, he received a draft notice into the U.S. Army, so he quickly entered Officer Training School in the U.S. Air Force. He became a “90 day wonder,” a 2nd Lt., and served 5 years in the United States and in Tripoli, Libya. After he was discharged as a Captain, he received his MBA from Michigan State. He then joined DuPont Company in the Plastics Division starting a 35-year career in plastic executive sales management, including as VP

Christopher Harle

Christopher Harle (BSBA ’02, MS-ISOM ’03) | February 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dr. Harle (BSBA 2002, MS-ISOM 2003) has been named chief research information officer for UF Health. In this role, Dr. Harle will provide leadership around operations and governance of information technology that support research activities across the UF Health campus, including UF Health Shands Hospital, UF Health Jacksonville and associated practices. He will play a leadership role in strategy and operations around the UF Health Integrated Data Repository, part of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and in innovative

Erick Rodriguez

Driven by passion: How a UF Warrington alumnus conquered his shyness and built a million-dollar business

Reading Time: 3 minutes When Erick Rodriguez (BSBA ’16) first started at the University of Florida, he was a shy kid – in spite of having already sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise on eBay, Amazon and Craigslist (including a car). The budding entrepreneur looked down at the ensuing four years and knew that he’d be guided by two crucial values: first, to follow his passion for entrepreneurship, and second, the drive to better himself. These two values, coupled with a

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Shanna Dorresteyn (BSBA ’99) | January 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Dorresteyn (BSBA 1999) is an ACS Manager for the Accounting & Controllership Services department in James Moore’s Gainesville office. She will oversee client accounts and supervise James Moore ACS staff members in their work. She has over 15 years of experience in accounting, management, financial direction/analysis and more.

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Melissa Bivens (BSBA ’14) | January 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bivens (BSBS 2014) has been promoted to Accountant at James Moore’s Gainesville office. A member of the Accounting & Controllership Services team, she will be responsible for bookkeeping and the preparation of journal entries to facilitate in the creation of financial statements for business and non‐profit clients. Bivens has been with the firm since 2017. 

Adrienne and Randy Figur

It all adds up to love

Reading Time: 2 minutes In March of 1998, Adrienne Figur (BSAc, MAcc ’98) was just a few months away from completing her master’s degree in accounting. She had a successful summer internship at Ernst & Young’s tax practice under her belt and an offer for a full-time position in the company’s New York City office. While Adrienne thought she was going to begin her career in the Big Apple, that quickly changed when she met Randy Figur (BA ’92) at a bar mitzvah the

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. 

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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.