UF Distinguished Alumnus Award Articles: page 1

Believers in Business

When George (BSBA ’79) and Lisa Etheridge (BSBA ’80) enrolled at the University of Florida in the mid 1970s, pursuing a business education was not in their plans. George intended on being a dentist while Lisa went the pre-med route. What was once one of the furthest things from their minds is now one of the closest to their hearts. George and Lisa have championed the Warrington College of Business for the past four decades, generously supporting the College’s scholars

Influential real estate executive receives UF’s highest alumni honor

Kelley A. Bergstrom, namesake of the Warrington College of Business’s Kelley A. Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, received the University of Florida’s Distinguished Alumnus Award on Friday during the College’s annual Business Advisory Council meeting. UF’s Distinguished Alumnus Award is the most prestigious honor UF can bestow on its alumni.  The Award signifies a graduate’s contributions in his or her chosen field or outstanding service to UF. Bergstrom (MBA ’68) is the President of Bergstrom Investment Management, a private

James “Bill” W. Heavener receives UF Distinguished Alumnus Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In honor of his successful business exploits and dedication and outstanding service to the Warrington College of Business Administration and the University of Florida, James “Bill” W. Heavener received the UF Distinguished Alumnus Award at Commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. “Words can’t describe the feeling one has looking out over all the graduates embarking on their life’s journey,” Mr. Heavener said. “The privilege and honor of being a part of this is unbelievable.”

Beall and Burns named Distinguished Alums for 2008

Gainesville, Fla. – Robert Beall II and Laurie Burns received the University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award during commencement ceremonies for the Warrington College of Business Administration held on Sunday, May 4. Robert Beall is executive chairman of Bealls Inc., based in Bradenton, Fla., which is the parent company for Beall’s Department Stores, Inc. operating in Florida, and Beall’s Outlet Stores, Inc., operating stores in Florida, Georgia and Arizona. Beall’s employs approximately 11,500 people and has annual sales exceeding $1.2