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Selling UF MBA’s new South Florida home

The UF MBA Weekend Professional program in South Florida provided Mike Ciadella with the financial education to change his career from advertising technology sales to commercial real estate. Two years after graduating, Ciadella was using his knowledge to benefit the program. UF MBA opened its new facility in Miramar in 2019, and Ciadella (MBA ’17) and his team at Cushman & Wakefield sold the property that now houses the new South Florida MBA campus. “It was very unique to be

Krishna Memani (MA ’82, MBA ’84) | January 2021

Memani (MA Economics 1982, MBA 1984) was named CIO at Lafayette in October 2020. Prior to Lafayette, Memani was vice chairman of investments at Invesco.  Memani joined Invesco when the firm combined with OppenheimerFunds in 2019, where he was chief investment officer. Before joining OppenheimerFunds in 2009, he was a managing director at Deutsche Bank, heading U.S. and European credit analysis. Earlier, Memani headed global credit research at Credit Suisse, was in charge of high-grade and high-yield portfolios at Putnam

Thomas Olmsted (BAA ’65, MBA ’71) | January 2021

Olmsted (BAA 1965, MBA 1971) retired from the accounting industry after 25 years of working at a Gainesville firm. He is an avid collector, with over 100 collections in his possession.  Read more about Olmsted and his collections, from coffee cans to left-handed tools to banana labels, in this story about his unique life from WUFT. 

Dr. Kathleen “Katie” Hudon (MBA ’20) | January 2021

Hudon (MBA 2020) is Director of Student Affairs at Pensacola State College and Pathways Navigator at the Florida Department of Education. She earned her 8th degree (and 5th graduate degree) from UF in December. She completed her UF MBA with an A average and accepted membership into Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International Honor Societies. She posted her recent graduation with a hashtag noting #ItsGr8ToBeAFloridaGator. Also in 2020, Hudon was recognized as both Santa Rosa County Woman of the Year

Vedant Patel (MBA ’17) | January 2021

Patel (MBA 2017) has been named Assistant White House Press Secretary by President-elect Joe Biden. Patel served as Regional Communications Director on the Biden-Harris Campaign. During President-elect Biden’s primary campaign, Patel served as the Nevada and Western Primary-States Communications Director. Previously, Patel worked as Communications Director to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Western Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic National Committee and Communications Director to Congressman Mike Honda.  

Rebekah Dorworth (MBA ’15) | January 2021

Dorworth (MBA 2015) was promoted to the position of President of Kyra Solutions, Inc. effective January 1. Dorworth was hired in 2014 as the Director of Marketing and Communications and has served in various executive capacities since, most recently as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Kyra Solutions, Inc. is a fast-growing government technology professional services company that has won numerous awards for its growth, culture, project excellence and employee satisfaction. Connect with her on LinkedIn. 

Scott Raffa (MBA ’17) | January 2021

Raffa (MBA 2017), spine surgery expert and neurosurgeon at the Memorial Neuroscience Institute, has extended his medical practice to Boca Raton with Dr. Daniel Aghion where patients now can be seen for a variety of spine disorders.  Raffa is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and spine surgeon who specializes in a variety of minimally invasive surgical techniques, including lateral retroperitoneal and endoscopic approaches to the spinal column. He treats patients who present with various neurological disorders of the brain and spine, and

10 top Warrington stories from 2020

2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. From the loss of our beloved college namesake to a brand-new dean to an alumnus who accidentally emailed the entire university, it was a year filled with highs and lows, and kept us at the edge of our seats all 366 days (2020 had to be extra and also be a leap year). To recap all that happened at Warrington this year, we collected the top 10 most popular stories

Your top 5 Full-Time MBA questions answered, with student Kristyn Cadwell

We recently asked UF MBA student Kristyn Cadwell (BAE ’15, MEd ’16, MBA ’21) to walk us through a day in her life as a member of the Full-Time MBA program. As part of Kristyn’s day, she answered questions from you on Instagram Stories about some of her favorite things about the program, what she does outside of class and why she chose UF MBA. Read on to see Kristyn’s answers to your top questions. Question 1: Who’s your favorite

UF MBA named program with best classroom experience, resources for minority students

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Full-Time MBA program offers a host of benefits to its students including a top-ranked degree, the second highest ROI in the nation and excellent career placement ratings, among others. According to The Princeton Review, it can now add one of the best classroom experiences and best resources for minority students among its benefits. On its 2021 Best Business School Rankings, The Princeton Review ranked UF MBA the No. 5 overall program and No.