Alumni Café

Alumni Café is a casual lunch-and-learn speaker series that connects 10-12 of our undergraduate business students per session with a local Warrington alum. The goal is to facilitate our students' understanding of classroom concepts by offering the experienced and balanced perspectives of our diverse alumni base. The intimate and relaxed setting, with catered lunch, is undoubtedly enjoyed by all.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How can I best develop my idea or launch my business while still in school? How can Heavener help me get my new venture off the ground? (i.e. what is true entrepreneurship?)
  • What will the environment for investing, growth and expansion be within Florida by the time I graduate?
  • What is networking? How do I effectively network? What is the power of social networking?
  • What skill sets adjacent to traditional business are the most valuable for career success? How do I best collaborate and partner with other disciplines?
  • Beyond course selection, what are the intangible qualities that a hiring manager looks for? How do I develop those qualities while still in school?
  • How important is career development while working in a job? How do I find time for career development while still remaining committed to my daily tasks? What are the best outlets/ways to go about building a curriculum for myself that caters to career development?
  • Business ethics: firing employees, employee privacy, conflicts of interest, etc.
  • Job transitions and success

No PowerPoints, flashy handouts or suits are required. We’re simply recruiting great storytellers who appreciate the learning process. This is your chance to give back to Warrington in a very unique way, and we hope you connect.

For more information please contact Rebecca Lakkis, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving via email (rebecca.lakkis at warrington.ufl.edu).

2014-2015 Speakers

All lunches are held in 100 Bryan Hall from 11:45am – 1:30pm unless indicated otherwise.

  1. 9/10/2014

    Session Full
    Alicia Smith
    BSBA ‘08, Marketing Manager, iMethods, Inc.
    Bio:

    Alicia Smith is the Marketing Manager at iMethods; joining the company in September 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Initially, Alicia was hired by iMethods as a Professional Recruiter where she gained extensive experience in recruiting, coaching, employee relations, negotiating, etc. Throughout her career it became evident that her strongest professional attributes were in strategic brand building, culture development, innovative marketing and employee relations.

    She is actively growing her role as Marketing Manager. As such, Alicia is responsible for event planning, strategic marketing, project management, strategic brand building, professional development, and company wellness initiatives. On the weekends you can typically find Alicia enjoying the outdoors with her husband and cooking delicious healthy food!

  2. 9/17/2014

    Session Full
    Jeremy Sloane
    BSBA ’96, JD ’00, Partner, Vasallo Sloane, P.L.
    Bio:

    Jeremy Sloane is one of the two founding partners of Vasallo Sloane, P.L., a boutique law firm with offices in Orlando, Miami and Nashville, and possesses nearly fifteen (15) years of legal experience. Mr. Sloane’s practice is devoted to three primary practice areas: (i) Corporate; (ii) Taxation; and (iii) International Transactions. He possesses a diverse legal and business background, having advised emerging growth, middle market, and public companies across various sectors of the economy including retail, healthcare, distribution, manufacturing, real estate, defense, telecommunications, and technology. A substantial portion of Mr. Sloane's practice is devoted to structuring, negotiating and documenting high-stakes and complex domestic and cross-border corporate and commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations, international joint ventures, private equity and venture capital transactions, real estate development joint ventures, and corporate finance matters. Mr. Sloane has structured, negotiated, and documented sophisticated business transactions having values well into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Possessing a Master’s Degree in Taxation, Mr. Sloane routinely assists business clients with federal and state tax planning, tax compliance, IRS and state audits and tax controversies, as well as individual, partnership and corporate tax matters.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sloane was Of Counsel to Akerman Senterfitt, Florida's largest law firm with 425+ attorneys. Earlier in his legal career, Mr. Sloane was an associate in the Tax Group at DLA Piper, the world's largest law firm with over 3,000 attorneys, and worked in-house for Lockheed Martin.

  3. 9/24/2014

    Session Full
    Carter McCain
    BSBA ’85, Founding Director and General Counsel, Chase International
    Bio:

    Carter has in depth experience in law and in business, both domestic and international. Carter has practiced law for over 26 years where he achieved high distinction by being named SUPER LAWYER in 2007, 2008 and 2009, as well as achieving the highest designation by Martindale Hubbell by receiving A/V rating as well as being listed as a Leading Lawyer in Tampa Bay by Tampa Bay Magazine and Tampa Bay Illustrated magazine.

    Carter has utilized his legal experience to facilitate managing an international Family Investment Office with significant business operations in Hong Kong, Dubai and Zurich. These business interests include health care, energy, finance, commodities, technology and real estate. Carter works with a global footprint of international business.

    Carter has served as a Board member and an officer of several private companies and continues to serve as a outside Director for private companies, foundations, and endowments. Carter serves as a private Trustee overseeing significant trust resources as well as Paymaster for commodity and currency transactions.

  4. 9/25/2014

    Session Full
    Rick Allen
    BA ’80, MBA ‘82, General Manager, Disney’s Pop Century Resort & Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
    Bio:

    Rick Allen is the General Manager for Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation at Walt Disney World in Florida. In this role, Rick provides leadership for 1,500 Cast Members who are responsible for over 4,800 hotel rooms.

    Rick’s Disney career began at the age of 16, when he started in the Magic Kingdom as a Custodial Host. Through High School and College, Rick worked in many different roles at Walt Disney World, including time as a Character Performer and a Jungle Cruise Skipper. His leadership career began at Walt Disney World in 1982, and has included roles in Human Resources, Hotel Operations, Entertainment, Labor Strategy, and Resort Development. Rick has worked in 12 different Resorts at Walt Disney World, including 7 of them as General Manager, and has led the Lodging Line of Business team as Director. He was on the opening task force for Euro Disneyland in Paris and Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort at Walt Disney World.

    Rick is an active member of Central Florida’s Community. His current involvement includes serving as a board member for two organizations; The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, and as Treasurer of the Bob Allen Family Foundation. He is the Past-President of the PACE Center for Girls, Orange Board of Directors. He has held the position of Class Chair for Leadership Orlando and has also been a Board Member of the University of Florida MBA Alumni Association and the New Hope for Kids Organization. Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a MBA from the University of Florida.

    Rick’s time favorite time is spent at home with his wife Catherine and two children Robby and Libby.

  5. 10/8/2014

    Session Full
    Carl Sahlsten
    BSAc ’83, CEO, Consul Hospitality Group, LLC
    Bio:

    • CEO of Consul Hospitality Group, LLC.
    • Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development for Bloomin Brands, Inc.
    • President of Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Led expansion from 6 to 70 locations.
    • President of Outback Steakhouse’s first franchisee. Developed 18 locations across North Florida and Georgia.
    • Chief Financial Officer of Hooters of America, Inc.
  6. 10/15/2014

    Session Full
    David Weiss
    BSBA ’83, CEO, uVu Technologies
    Bio:

    David Weiss graduated with a degree in Finance from the UF Warrington College of Business Administration in 1983. He attended law school, graduating in 1986. He went on to become a partner at Herzfeld & Rubin, a NYC Wall Street law firm followed by a career as a real estate developer (commercial and residential). In 1998 he began developing several inventions which ultimately were the subject of over 110 domestic and international patents, monetizing that work and ultimately forming a packaging analytics company based in Boca Raton, Florida. David has been described as a “can do” individual, a consummate high energy entrepreneur and a true innovator. He is inspired to motivate others to follow their own paths to success and enjoys engaging with young and inspired goal-minded people from around the World.

  7. 10/29/2014

    Session Full
    Rob Southwick
    BSBA ’98, President, Southwick and Associates
    Bio:

    Rob Southwick is the President of Southwick Associates. Founded in 1990, Southwick Associates has been the leader in hunting, shooting and fishing market statistics and economics. Southwick Associates helps the outdoor community understand customer trends and demands, and how recreational activities translate into jobs, tax revenues and more. We help individual companies identify new products and niches, best pricing and track their share of the market. Major clients include the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and many of the top outdoor manufacturers and retailers. Rob received his business and economics training at the University of Florida. With over 15 very talented experts, Southwick Associates provides the outdoor community with the market intelligence needed to boost conservation efforts and to improve participation and profits.

  8. 11/5/2014

    Session Full
    Mark Schnitzius
    BSBA ‘99, Co-Founder, iVenture Solutions, Inc.
    Bio:

    Mark is also a lifelong Jacksonville resident and native. He attended Florida State College, where he provided technology support to students and staff, then graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Decision Information Sciences.

    After graduating, Mark was a supervisor at UPS, primarily responsible for managing the company’s intranet and data modeling. He commoditized a vast quantity of information gleaned from UPS’ regular business activities, which allowed him to see the value in repeatable process efficiencies, an experience that would benefit iVenture and its clients in the future.

  9. 11/12/2014

    Session Full
    Kyle Talcott
    BSBA ’09, MSE ’10, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Ingenios Health
    Bio:

    Kyle currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Ingenios Health, an early stage healthcare company based in Jacksonville, Florida focused on better health through intelligent prevention.

    Previously, Kyle was the first employee at Audax Health, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare software startup, where he served as Vice President of Finance, Planning and Corporate Development. He helped grow Audax Health to more than 60 employees in less than 24 months while raising more than $30 million in private debt and equity through several rounds of angel, institutional venture capital and strategic financing. While at Audax, Kyle developed a strong interest in data analytics, focusing primarily on how data can play a role in the personalization of preventive care. The company was later acquired by United Health.

    Prior to Audax, Kyle served in various entrepreneurial roles for startup companies in industries ranging from energy to social development. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.

  10. 11/19/2014

    Session Full
    Kyle Cooper
    BSBA ’05, Account Manager, TekPartners
    Bio:

    Kyle Cooper is an Account Manager with TekPartners IT Recruiting. TekPartners, a P2P Staffing Company, is a talent and workforce solutions firm offering staff augmentation, recruitment, and human capital solutions. TekPartners specializes in providing proven talent in several areas including Information Technology, Healthcare and Government. Over the last ten years, TekPartners has grown from a small start up to one of the most reputable and emerging IT Staffing & Services firms in the United States. Prior to TekPartners Kyle worked for the Orlando Predators arena football team as Director of Corporate Partnerships and Clear Channel Outdoor as an Account Executive.

    Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife and family, contributing to the Orlando Tech community, and looks forward to Gator Football every year rain or shine.


2013-2014 Speakers

  1. 9/11/13

    Tara Blythe
    BSBA ’02, MED ’04, UFF Talent Management
    Bio:

    Tara is the Associate Vice President, Talent Management Strategy & Planning for the UF Foundation. She majored in both business and psychology at UF, and obtained her Ed.S. in adult education/human resources and organizational development from UGA. Her background in career development at both the university and corporate level led Tara to teach a semester-long course in career leadership and planning for 300 business students at UGA for 4 years.

  2. 9/12/13

    Pat Williams
    BSBA ’89, Info Tech, Inc.
    Bio:

    Pat is the Senior Manager of Customer Support at Info Tech, an IT solutions and consulting firm here in Gainesville. She majored in Computer Science at the University of Florida where she was a member of the Minority Business Society. Pat oversees a large group of software Quality Support resources and focuses on staff monitoring, career growth planning, and managing workload and training schedules. She is PMI certified with substantial experience in project management and the product development lifecycle.

  3. 9/18/13

    Jim Leland
    BSBA ’80, Marketing and Sales
    Bio:

    Jim is an executive with significant experience in sales, marketing, and business development. Jim is currently a consultant for NLI Springbok, where he assists sports teams and coaches in developing leadership excellence. Jim also works with My Executive Solutions, assisting executives in maximizing both their personal and organizational core strengths. In past roles, Jim has served as a VP of Sales for Carolina Beverage, VP of Business Development for Tree of Life, and Director of Marketing for Kraft / Nabisco. He earned his BSBA in Marketing here at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. Jim has competed in numerous Ironman competitions and has worked with charities such as Big Brothers / Big Sisters.

  4. 9/19/13

    James Di Virgilio
    BSBA ’04, MS ’05, Chacon Diaz & Di Virgilio Wealth Management
    Bio:

    James is a founding partner of Chacon Diaz & Di Virgilio Wealth Management. He holds a BSBA and an MS from the University of Florida and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). James specializes in strategic investment management through Multiple Asset Class Investing. He works in the areas of Corporate and Non-Profit Retirement Accounts, Tax-Efficient Portfolio Strategies, and Long- and Short-Term Portfolio Construction. James previously worked with Merrill Lynch and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Gainesville Sports Organizing Committee.

  5. 9/26/13

    Gene Magrini
    MBA ’12, G4S Youth Services, LLC
    Bio:

    Gene is a Vice President of Human Resources at G4S Youth Services where he covers over 2,000 employees in five states working in seven individual youth treatment facilities. Gene has an MBA from the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business and a BSBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has previously worked as Director of Human Resources for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2000 to 2004, during which time the team won Super Bowl XXXVII.

  6. 10/1/13

    Trey Lauderdale
    BSISE '04, MSE '07, Voalte
    Bio:

    Trey is the founder, president and visionary leader of Voalte, a point-of-care communications solutions company. He has helped grow the company since its inception in 2008 and led the sales organization in deploying thousands of iPhone solutions in some of the country’s top hospitals. Trey’s healthcare industry knowledge stems from experience with leading companies such as Siemens and Emergin. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and a Minor in Engineering Sales. Trey also earned his MS in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business.

  7. 10/3/13

    Brad Childs
    BSBA '95, Proficient Auto Transport
    Bio:

    Brad is the VP of Sales and Operations for Proficient Auto Transport, which specializes in the transport of new import and luxury vehicles. Most recently, he has served as Director of Business Planning for GLOVIS America, a $5B third party logistics solutions company in California. While working at GLOVIS, Brad helped expand business and diversify revenues while managing a $400 million business plan.

    He has also served as CFO for Legendary, Inc. and has extensive experience in the finished vehicle logistics industry, having worked to move over 200,000 cars annually while working as the Florida Region Sales and Operations Manager of Allied Automotive Group. Brad has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA in Finance from Mercer University.

  8. 10/10/13

    Joie Chitwood
    BSBA ’92, Daytona International Speedway Corp.
    Bio:

    Joie has served as President of International Speedway Corporation’s flagship motorsports facility—Daytona International Speedway (DIS) since 2010. As president of DIS, Joie oversees all speedway activities including event entertainment, fan amenities and ticket sales.

    Joie has received several industry honors and professional accolades throughout his career, including SportsBusiness Journal Forty under 40 in 2009, Indianapolis Business Journal Forty under 40 in 2007, and USF College of Business Celebration of Free Enterprise Honoree in 2005 Prior to joining ISC in August 2009, Joie was President and Chief Operating Officer of Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) overseeing daily operations for IMS, including Brickyard Crossing Inn and Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.

    He sits on the board of trustees for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and serves on the boards of the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Central Florida Partnership. Joie was previously a member of the Indianapolis 2012 Super Bowl bid committee and the 500 Festival board of directors. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Marian College in Indianapolis.

    Joie earned business and finance degree from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business as well as an MBA from the USF College of Business.

  9. 10/17/13

    Christopher Johnson
    BSESS ’05, MS ’07, MBA ’10, Florida Philanthropic Network
    Bio:

    Christopher joined FPN in September 2013 as Director of Programs and Learning. In this position he will be responsible for managing the planning and delivery of FPN's programs and other services to meet our members' needs, and will be a key point person for membership recruitment. Christopher was previously Executive Director of the Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida in Gainesville, an organization that he co-founded as the region's first nonprofit resource center. Under his leadership the Center started an annual Nonprofit Summit and Nonprofit Expo and published Alachua County's first State of the Sector report for the nonprofit sector. Prior to this position, Christopher served as Membership Director for the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 he was recognized as a 13 under 30 recipient by North Central Florida's HOME Magazine, and in 2012 he was the national recipient of the Nonprofit Leadership Award by Black Celebrity Giving. A three-time Gator, Christopher received B.S., M.S. and MBA degrees from the University of Florida. He is an active board member with several nonprofits and volunteers frequently.

  10. 10/23/13

    Bill Dorman
    BSBA ’90, MBA ’06, StartupFusion
    Bio:

    Bill is the Co-founder of StartupFusion, a group designed around developing new ways to form and grow startup companies. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Santa Fe College here in Gainesville. Bill recently spoke at UF’s Professional Development day. Bill is also a Lead Consultant and Managing Member at Crosslinear Consulting and has a background in consulting having previously worked for FMI Corporation. In other past roles he has worked in VP Office Services for Raymond James and as a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual. Bill holds a BSBA in Finance and an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Florida.

  11. 10/30/13

    Pete Zimek
    BA ’01, MSM ’02, iLS Network
    Bio:

    Pete is the founder of the iLS Network, a group of websites dedicated to apartment community and multifamily housing solutions in Gainesville, Orland, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee. He has over twelve years of marketing and sales experience throughout the State of Florida and has implemented advertising campaigns for over 200 local and national businesses. Pete also serves on the Membership committees of the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando and on the Board of Directors of the North Central Florida Apartment Association.

    Pete has owned and operated several Ben & Jerry’s franchises and, along with his business partner, was named Ben & Jerry’s Marketer of the Year in his first year of business. He has been elected to the Ben & Jerry’s Franchise Advisory Council and has served on numerous corporate committees within the company.

    Pete holds an MSM from the UF Hough Graduate School of Business and a BA in Political Science from the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  12. 10/31/13

    Jeff Lyons
    BSME ’94, MBA ’11, SumTotal Systems
    Bio:

    Jeff is Chief of Staff at SumTotal Systems and is responsible for driving strategic projects for the company. He has managed the integration of four acquired businesses and led several key change initiatives as SumTotal transformed itself into the largest independent provider of integrated HR solutions.

    Jeff has 20 years of software industry experience. Prior to joining SumTotal, he was the co-founder and Chief Client Officer of MindSolve Technologies, Inc., a pioneer in the area of performance management software that SumTotal acquired in 2006. At MindSolve and SumTotal, Jeff has held leadership positions in development, customer support, sales and professional services.

    Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Florida. He is also a former adjunct faculty member of the Information Systems Department at Santa Fe College.

  13. 11/13/13

    Kristin Green
    MBA ’12, UF Foundation, Talent Management
    Bio:

    Kristin is the Assistant Director of Talent Development for the UF Foundation. In her current role, she is responsible for the design and implementation of training programs that enhance employee engagement. Kristin joined the University of Florida after several years with the Walt Disney Company. During her time with Disney she worked in entertainment, special events and training. Most recently, Kristin supported the education component of Disney Internships & Programs. Kristin has an MBA from the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business and a BSBA with a concentration in Marketing from California Polytechnic State University.

  14. 11/20/13

    Anthony Ruizcalderon
    BSBA ’07, Altria Group Distribution Company
    Bio:

    Anthony is currently the Unit Manager for Altria Group Distribution Company managing a geographic Unit that stretches from Kissimmee, FL to Sebring, FL and worth over 100 Million dollars in revenue for Altria. He was recruited by Altria (Formerly Philip Morris USA) at the UF Career Showcase of Spring 2007 and has been with the company for over 6 years now. Anthony started his career in Hollywood, FL as a Territory Sales Manager, in 2010 moved to Atlanta as a Sales Development Associate, and in 2011 became a Unit Manager in Orlando.

    He manages a team of 6 Territory Sales Managers and has experience managing large Key Accounts for Altria in Florida such as Exxon-Mobil, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, and Fast Track Foods. Anthony is part of the Altria Recruiting Team, visiting Gainesville twice a year to recruit talented Gators. He graduated from Warrington with a BSBA in 2007.

  15. 11/21/13

    Jorge Escallon
    MBA ’09, ATP World Tour
    Bio:

    Jorge is the Director of Treasury and Benefits Administration for the ATP Tour, the world’s premier professional tennis organization. He manages the company’s investment portfolios, including member pension plans and reserves and works closely with the investment committee on pension participant communication strategies. In 2012, Jorge Co-founded FXP Motives, a non-profit organization that assists human well-being organizations around the world with fundraising efforts. Jorge holds degrees in MIS and Marketing from USF, where he was a student-athlete, and earned his MBA from the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business in 2009.

  16. 1/22/2014

    Chris Peterson
    BSBA '85, President of Hell’s Bay Boatworks
    Bio:

    Chris is the President of Hell’s Bay Boatworks, a Titusville based company that manufactures high-end build to order skiffs for fishermen and outdoorsmen. Hell’s Bay Boatworks is also involved in custom work, tooling, design, rigging, refurbishing and remodeling skiffs. As President of Hell’s Bay, Chris has built and donated a shark research boat to the University of Florida. He is also involved with many non-profits in helping to ensure the future of Florida’s fisheries, including recent projects that involved tagging and releasing bonefish and tarpon for science and retrieving abandoned crab traps from inshore waters. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Real Estate and Urban Development from the University of Florida. While on campus, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

  17. 1/23/2014

    Alicia Smith
    BSBA '08, Human Resources Specialist at iMethods
    Bio:

    Alicia is an HR Specialist for iMethods, a Jacksonville-based company specializing in Healthcare IT. She provides functional support to iMethods’ President, CEO, and HR Director. Alicia is responsible for employee compliance, employee relations, company wellness initiatives, and office management. She is also a Project Manager for marketing all social media initiatives and PR related events for the company and is responsible for the development and implementation of company PR plans. Alicia’s prior experience was in healthcare recruiting. She is a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a BS in Management and Entrepreneurship from the Warrington College of Business Administration. While on campus, Alicia was involved in Pi Beta Phi and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  18. 1/29/2014

    David Molyneaux
    MSE '11, Co-Founder and Sr. Director of Special Projects at Invivo
    Bio:

    David A. Molyneaux currently serves as Senior Director, Special Projects, for Invivo Corporation headquartered in Gainesville, FL. He is responsible for R&D activities in the area of Interventional Oncology and Pediatric MRI. As co‐founder and Vice President of Invivo, Dr. Molyneaux cultivated the company from a small start‐up in 1998 to become the worldwide market leader in MRI accessories by 2002. The company was sold to Intermagnetics General Corporation (IGC) in 2004 for $100 million, and then IGC was sold to Royal Dutch Philips Electronics in 2006. Prior to Invivo, Dr. Molyneaux was a Section Manager and Principal Engineer for the MRI Accessories Group at Picker International in Cleveland, Ohio for 11 years and was a Research Assistant at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 2 years.

    Dr. Molyneaux has also participated in several other entrepreneurial activities and start‐up enterprises. In 2004 he co‐founded Aspire, LLC, a start‐up to develop and commercialize an Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) device and technique for improving breathing, swallowing and speech. In 2011, Aspire entered the commercial phase with the EMST device for non‐medical applications and is working on FDA clearance for a clinical version. In 2006 he established his consulting firm, MRInnovations, LLC, which provides contract engineering services for medical companies. Also in 2006, he co‐founded Centerbeam Log Homes, a custom log home builder exclusive to the Lake Wallenpaupack area in NE Pennsylvania. In 2007 he cofounded SIFT, LLC, a start‐up to develop and commercialize a patent pending social information filtering technology to improve personalized rating system on web pages. In 2011, SIFT has implemented the cloud version of the software and it is currently under evaluation by several top-tier internet sites with full commercialization planned for 2013.

    Dr. Molyneaux is on the Alachua County Seeds of Science Board of Directors, participates and sponsors the Alachua County Region Science & Engineering Fair, acts as an Industry Coach for Gatornest at UF College of Business, acts as a program sponsor for the Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) program at UF College of Engineering, and volunteers at the St. Francis House as a kitchen cook.

    Dr. Molyneaux has 25 US patents issued or pending, and over 30 scientific & conference publications. He holds a Doctor of Electrical Engineering from Fenn College of Engineering at Cleveland State University and a Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship from Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.

  19. 1/30/2014

    Megan Carmichel
    MBA '12, Account Executive at Anson-Stoner and Founder of Carmichel Communications
    Bio:

    Megan works as an Account Executive at Anson-Stoner, a full-service advertising agency in Central Florida. She is also the Founder and Principal of Carmichel Communications, a marketing communications consultancy she started to work with small business on their branding and PR initiatives. Megan’s background in marketing and public relations began at Fry Hammond Barr, where she worked on accounts ranging from McDonald’s to Nemours Children’s Hospital. She earned her MBA from the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business in 2012, during which time she also worked with Performance Roofing to reenergize their image and increase brand awareness.

    Megan is the Chair of the Central Florida Key Initiative Committee for Ronald McDonald House and the former President of the Citrus Civitan Club, an organization established by Orlando businesses to give back to charities and services in the community.

    In addition to her MBA from UF, Megan also holds a BA in Organizational Communication from Rollins College.

  20. 2/5/2014

    Carter Andersen
    BSBA '91, JD '98, Attorney (Shareholder) at Bush Ross, P.A.
    Bio:

    Carter Andersen has extensive experience handling complex civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution settings, including arbitration and mediation. Carter handles business, commercial and contract disputes, construction and real estate disputes, employment litigation, professional malpractice matters (defending attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers), trade secret disputes, and other general commercial litigation matters. Carter is certified as a Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Before joining Bush Ross, Carter practiced general commercial litigation, antitrust litigation, and white collar crime defense with Jones Day in Washington, D.C. Carter also has extensive experience in complex public financings within Florida.

    Carter has been active in a variety of community and civic activities including being a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, serving as a volunteer tutor at Academy Prep Center of Tampa, and serving on the Board for Tampa Bay Little League. He served as the President of the Christ the King Catholic School Dads Club from 2008 to 2010. Carter earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from the Warrington College of Business Administration and his Juris Doctor from the Frederic G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

  21. 2/6/2014

    Cary Thomas
    BSBA '98, Sr. IBM Collaboration Solutions Client Technical Professional at IBM
    Bio:

    Cary Thomas received his B.S.B.A., Decision and Information Science, from the University of Florida in December of 1998. Cary joined IBM in January of 1999. Cary is a Certified Sr. IBM Collaboration Solutions Client Technical Professional for IBM Software Group, supporting IBM Customers in the Southeast part of the United States. Cary's role and responsibilities include working with customers to derive solutions that meet their needs; present & demo the solution to the customer; collaborate with the customer to ensure the solution is fully understood; and if purchased, work with the customer to ensure a successful implementation of the solution. In addition and as a volunteer, Cary is an IBM Apple Community Leader. Cary heads up the IBM Mac Community, maintains a Mac Tips blog, and holds Apple Community calls to assist IBMers with using Apple products within IBM. Cary is also helping to reform IBM's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.

  22. 2/13/2014

    Julian Miller
    BSBC '07, MSE '09, Serial Entrepreneur
    Bio:

    Julian Miller earned his Bachelor’s in Building Construction and Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. Julian moonlighted working in nightlife over the course of his undergrad striking a balance between work, a social life, and graduating Magna Cum Laude. This flow led him to co-found Sharab Lounge before beginning the MSE program where he continued to moonlight over the course of a decade and his next 6 ventures. Julian's diverse entrepreneurial journey through construction, hospitality, food & beverage, sustainability, import/export, sales, music, and hardware/software/web technologies has given Julian a breadth of perspective and insight.

    Julian is an extremely involved member in the startup and entrepreneurial communities where he is an active mentor and advisor, an organizer of Startup Weekend Gainesville, and a US Delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Julian is also very involved in Gainesville's nonprofit community having cofounded The StartWhys Foundation in addition to sitting on the boards of The Pledge5 Foundation, The Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN), and The Gainesville Downtown Owner’s and Tenants Association (GDOT).

  23. 2/19/2014

    Andrew Moed
    BSBA '92, CEO of Advanced Car Company
    Bio:

    Mr. Moed is the CEO of Advanced Car Company, a non-prime auto finance lender, and has overall responsibility for the financing activities. He has over 19 years of experience in capital markets. Prior to Advanced Car, Mr. Moed was cofounder of Sciron LLC, a firm that specializes in niche strategies for banks, hedge funds and other financial service companies. Prior to that, Mr. Moed was the co-head of an institutional sales and trading group at an investment bank. He has worked and lived in London and Zurich. Mr. Moed received his BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida and previously held series 4,7,63 and 55 licenses.

  24. 2/20/2014

    Anthony Ruizcalderon
    BSBA ’07, Altria Group Distribution Company
    Bio:

    Anthony is currently the Unit Manager for Altria Group Distribution Company managing a geographic Unit that stretches from Kissimmee, FL to Sebring, FL and worth over 100 Million dollars in revenue for Altria. He was recruited by Altria (Formerly Philip Morris USA) at the UF Career Showcase of Spring 2007 and has been with the company for over 6 years now. Anthony started his career in Hollywood, FL as a Territory Sales Manager, in 2010 moved to Atlanta as a Sales Development Associate, and in 2011 became a Unit Manager in Orlando.

    He manages a team of 6 Territory Sales Managers and has experience managing large Key Accounts for Altria in Florida such as Exxon-Mobil, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, and Fast Track Foods. Anthony is part of the Altria Recruiting Team, visiting Gainesville twice a year to recruit talented Gators. He graduated from Warrington with a BSBA in 2007.

  25. 3/19/2014

    Scott Zimmerman
    BSBA '83, President of AGPM, LLC
    Bio:

    Scott is the President of AGPM, LLC, a management company handling an owned portfolio of over 7,000 units throughout Florida and the Southeast. Scott’s group is actively involved in the acquisition and renovation of value added residential rental communities. He handles loan restructures, general partner interests, limited partner interests, join ventures and fee simple purchases. AGPM has a very strong Florida base of communities and a new Atlanta office to grow in the Southeast. Scott was a founding member of Banyan Realty Management, a 25,000 unit property management firm which was sold in 2008. He has been a partner in the acquisition of 15 apartment communities, over 2000 units and 5 commercial developments from 1993-2000 throughout Central Florida. Scott holds a BSBA from the University of Florida.

  26. 3/26/2014

    Lynda Reinhart
    BSBA '94; MSRS '99, O'Connell Center (Director)
    Bio:

    Lynda M. Reinhart currently serves as the Director of the University of Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center. She began working at the venue as a part time student in 1994 and was appointed to the full time staff as Senior Event Coordinator in 1998. Lynda worked her way up the ranks until she was named Director in July 2007. At the University of Florida she served as adjunct professor for the College of Health and Human Performance where she directed student research on the feasibility of a facility management degree program at UF and taught the Facilities Management course. Lynda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Recreational Studies, both from UF.

    An active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) since 1997, Lynda has attended numerous training/educational opportunities and also a graduate of the PAFMS at Oglebay, the Graduate Institute, and the Academy for Venue Safety and Security. Her involvement on the Body of Knowledge Task Force was instrumental in developing a standardized facility management curriculum and college textbook. Lynda has also served on the organization’s University Committee, Foundation Marketing Sub-Committee, Professional Development and Budget/ Finance Committees and served as Sector Director for Universities on the Board of Directors from 2009-2011. She is currently serving on the IAVM Arenas Committee, which organizes and presents the annual Arena Management Conference for the Association.

    Lynda is also an active member of the Country Music Association (CMA), International Entertainment Buyers’ Association (IEBA), Florida Facility Managers Association (FFMA), Alachua County Hospitality Council and the Gainesville Sports Commission. She served as a FFMA Board Member from 2011-2013. Lynda is currently serving as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee for FFMA and as President of the Gainesville Sports Commission Board of Directors.

  27. 3/27/2014

    Jeffrey Winn
    CSA (BSBA ’93) Managing Partner at International Assets Advisory
    Bio:

    Jeff has been in the financial services industry for 15 years. After a great deal of formal training with a private financial group in Gainesville, Jeff moved to Orlando to work with International Assets as a financial consultant.

    Within the overall financial services universe, Jeff has developed his particular expertise in the areas of portfolio management, risk management, and retirement and estate planning. Jeff is a Managing Partner as well as the Director of Retirement and Estate Planning with International Assets Advisory, LLC.

    Jeff has successfully completed the required curriculum for several industry designations, including the Certified Financial Planning certificate and the Certified Senior Advisor certificate. Jeff has earned several NASD issued licenses, including licenses qualifying him as a Registered Representative and a Registered Principal. Jeff also successfully completed the NASD Uniform Investment Adviser Law Exam. In addition to his securities licenses, Jeff also holds life, health, and variable insurance licenses in several states.

    Jeff has been invited to lecture in front of thousands of investors around the country on the topics of wealth protection, portfolio management, tax reduction and much more. He is a contributing writer and wealth protection panelist for such well respected groups as the Oxford Club and The Fleet Street Letter. His insights have been cited in Financial Planning magazine. Jeff’s strategies and services have also been recommended by other leading financial publications, such as Steve Sjuggerud’s True Wealth, Porter Stansberry’s Investment Advisory, Chris Weber’s Global Opportunities Report, and Vantage Point. Jeff also serves many local community financial advisories.

    Jeff’s work in the financial services realm has led to high accolades within the industry, including membership into the Global Register’s “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals” and repeat qualification for the Million Dollar Round Table.

    In addition to his work with high net worth individuals and small- to mid-sized corporations, Jeff has provided various services for charitable organizations including the Children’s Miracle Network and the Make a Wish Foundation.

  28. 4/2/2014

    Paul Graetz
    BSBA ’86, MBA ’88, Vice President, Strategic Programs at Oracle
    Bio:

    Paul Graetz graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S.B.A. in Computer and Information Science in 1986 and a M.B.A. in Finance in 1988. Mr. Graetz has 25 years of management consulting and software industry experience, including 10 years in “Big 5” management consulting and 15 years at Oracle Corporation in a variety of roles. Mr. Graetz has experience in business process improvement, information systems design and implementation, program management, business development, and executive advisory at large companies, such as General Electric, Ford Motor, Fidelity, JPMorganChase, AT&T, MetLife, Eaton, Marsh McLennan, ING, CSX, Dow Jones, and others.

    Currently, Mr. Graetz is Vice President, Strategic Programs at Oracle responsible for leading a multi-disciplined team to engage strategically with Oracle’s most valued customers. Mr. Graetz and his team advises customers on how to improve their processes and technology to solve their business challenges, add new capabilities, and leverage information more effectively to increase top line growth and/or margins. During the last 5 years of the economic recovery, Mr. Graetz has focused on helping organizations transform their finance, supply chain, talent management, customer-facing, and other processes to reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction, maximize talent, and achieve other corporate objectives.

2012-2013 Speakers

  • 09/19/12: Tara Blythe (BSBA ’05, MED ’04), UF Foundation
  • 10/03/12: Brian Scarborough (BA ’96), Scarborough Insurance
  • 10/17/12: Suzanne Norris (BSBA ’86), TD Bank
  • 10/31/12: Tony Kendzior (BSBA ’63, MED ’75), Kendzior Wealth Management
  • 11/16/12: Patrick Dunnigan (BSBA ’06), Ballast Point Ventures
  • 01/30/13: Brian Chancey (BSBA ’91), The Scarlett Group
  • 02/13/13: Nick Banks (BSBA ’90), Front Street Realty
  • 02/20/13: Monica Roberts (BABA ’02, MBA ’09), The Koch Foundation
  • 02/27/13: Tim Giuliani (MBA ’09), Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
  • 03/13/13: Alex Olcese (MAcc ’96), Allchem Industries
  • 03/20/13: Kyle Cooper (BSBA ’05), Orlando Predators
  • 04/03/13: Justin Jackrel (BABA ’05), Road Rat Motors
  • 04/10/13: Jib Davidson (BSF ’77, BSBA ’83), Columbia Timber

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