Testing the Waters

David Uslan (BSAc ’90, MAcc ’91) is 2,930 miles away from the heart of The Gator Nation.

But thanks to Warrington’s Alumni App powered by EverTrue, he has the ability to connect with Gators in his neck of the woods.

Uslan is one of the most active Warrington alumni on the app, which debuted last fall. As a former president of the Portland Gator Club and current At-Large Director on the Board of the UF Alumni Association, Uslan has a keen interest in new technology helping to connect Gators.

“Being out of state, it’s fun to run into fellow Gators,” said Uslan, a Shareholder at Perkins and Company, a CPA firm in downtown Portland. “It definitely gives you a better perspective of how many alumni are out here.”

Warrington alumni are using the app in various ways, most notably expanding their professional network by connecting with Business Gators that work in their geographic area or industry. Uslan said he’s been using the app for more sentimental reasons—attempting to reconnect with former classmates—but also sees value for Warrington alumni that recently moved or are about to relocate.

Wil Caraballo (BABA ’00, MBA ’08), a senior sales representative in the medical supplies field in Tampa, said the app has the potential to be powerful because of its use of LinkedIn. The app displays career information about each alumni from their LinkedIn accounts.

“LinkedIn is such a powerful tool,” Caraballo said. “There are more people on it now more than ever.

“One thing I’ve learned is how important networking is in this day and age. Anything you can use to help connect with people or find a company to work for is a great resource.”