Nicole Krassner (BA '12, MSM '13)

Nicole interned at Yad Vashem, the world's acclaimed center of Holocaust education, remembrance, research and documentation in Jerusalem. She wrote grants and project proposals to attract donors. During her time at the Hough Graduate School of Business, Nicole was an MSM Ambassador and recruited many students for the program.

Patrick Myers (MBA '11)

Patrick was promoted from Chief Financial Officer to Chief Executive Officer at HealthCare Connection of Tampa in January. He has also been invited to join The Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Sarah DeThomasis (BS '09, MSM '10)

Sarah recently joined the executive team of OFS Retail, an Atlanta-based e-commerce company, as Vice President of Marketing in June. She joins the OFS Retail team with a depth of experience in marketing and technology through her work leading social media and digital strategy at Oracle for clients like Apple, Intel, Turner Entertainment Networks, and NBC Sports. Sarah also recently finished her first semester as a UF Faculty member teaching a graduate course in social media analytics through The College of Journalism's new MAMC - Social Media program.

Kyle Kaplan (BSBA '04)

Kyle is the new MBA Program Director and Assistant Professor of Business Law and Management at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Additionally, Kyle is the owner and CEO of PLAYRITE, LLC, the premier sports and recreation construction company in Tennessee.

Sarah Anderson (BSAc '00, MAcc '01) and Jason Natt (MAcc '97)

Sarah and Jason were admitted into PwC's partnership effective July 1. Sarah, a partner in the Federal Tax Services practice, has more than 13 years of experience in international assignment services and business compliance services. Jason, an assurance partner in the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services practice, focuses on assisting clients with technical accounting and SEC reporting matters related to non-recurring transactions. They both work in PwC's Greater Atlanta market.

Robert Peterson (BSME '94, MBA '96)

Occidental Petroleum Corporation named Robert President of its wholly owned subsidiary Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem). An 18-year veteran of OxyChem, Robert has held increasingly senior positions in manufacturing, sales and marketing. He served as Vice President, Vinyls, from 2006 through 2008, before his promotion to his current position.

Anthony Ballo (BSBA '91, MIS '08)

Anthony is celebrating 20 years of IT experience in catalog/retail, manufacturing and higher education. He was recently promoted to Manager, Systems and Programming for the Enrollment Management division at the University of New Mexico. He previously served as an IT Applications Systems Specialist for the Data Warehouse Team at UNM. Go Gators!

Bethann Johnston (BSBA '83)

Bethann was promoted to Managing Director and Product Executive in the Global Transaction Services division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Her responsibilities include designing and delivering treasury management services for specialized industries. Bethann lives in Atlanta with her husband, Daniel Berger, and their children, Jonathan and Elaine.

Tom Surrency (BSBA '60)

Tom spent 36 years working in international business with Celanese Corporation. Upon his retirement in 1997, he set up a consulting and trading operation establishing sourcing and contacts between U.S. firms and Asia. Tom's granddaughter graduated from UF in 2012, and he said he "would not trade my four years at UF for anything. Go Gators!"


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