Meet the Team


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Craig W. Petrus

Executive Director,
Business Career Services

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Craig joined the Warrington College of Business in June of 2009. As Executive Director, Craig is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the College’s Business Career Services Office and ensuring the delivery of quality career development programming and services to students representing the Heavener School of Business, Hough Graduate School of Business, and the Fisher School of Accounting. In this capacity, Craig leads his team towards continuous corporate development, along with working one-on-one with the business students to provide career counseling. Overall, Craig and his team are responsible for providing career services and programming to over 6,000 students within the Warrington College of Business at UF.

Prior to his career at UF, Craig was an Executive Recruiter with two of the world’s leading executive search firms: Korn/Ferry International and Spencer Stuart. In these roles, Craig was responsible for placing C-level and VP level executives at companies such as Assurant Group, Coca-Cola, DHL, Florida Power & Light, Hawaiian Airlines, Jabil, Microsoft, Winn-Dixie and ZipCar. Craig also brings with him an 11-year career within the Professional Sports industry, working in sales and marketing roles for both the Miami Heat and the Florida Panthers. If you would like to see more about his background, you can find that in Craig’s LinkedIn profile.

Undergraduate


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Michelle Bloom-Lugo

Director,
Undergraduate Business Career Services

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Michelle Bloom-Lugo is the Director for Undergraduate Career Services for Warrington College of Business, and brings more than two decades of experience in career counseling, executive search, and program management to the role. She leads a team of professionals obsessed with helping students connect with employers to leverage their strengths into great jobs lives. Prior to joining the University of Florida, Michelle’s career included corporate recruiting for finance, technology and human resources roles. She successfully executed searches for major Fortune 500 companies, including many investment banking firms headquartered in New York. Within the Business Career Services Team, she has coached MBA Executive and Professional students as well as Specialty Masters students. Michelle is active in both community and professional associations; she is currently a member of The Society for Human Resource Manager (SHRM) and a member of the National Association of Women MBAs. She also serves on the board of directors for Peaceful Paths, which provides services to survivors of domestic violence. You can find even more in Michelle’s LinkedIn profile.


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Katie McCarville

Associate Director,
Undergraduate Business Career Services
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Katie McCarville comes to UF from Creighton University where she built the inaugural internship program from the ground up. Prior to her experience in higher education, she grew her professional HR portfolio to include compensation & benefits, 401k administration, employee & labor relations, corporate training, recruiting & hiring, compliance, educational assistance and operations at Union Pacific Railroad and First National Bank. Outside of HR, Katie has worked in the private sector with Enterprise Holdings in their Management Trainee Program and as a Student Outreach Coordinator for Aureus Medical specializing in assisting new graduates find their first positions. She is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, NACE Career Coach and HR Professional (PHR). Katie is beyond thrilled to join the gator nation and help use her Fortune 500 level experiences and education to assist and guide students towards their future career paths. Check out Katie’s LinkedIn Profile for more details.


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Diana Saiz

Associate Director,
Undergraduate Business Career Services

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Diana Saiz is a fellow Gator graduate who recently moved back to Florida from New York City. Beginning a new chapter in higher education, Diana brings over fifteen years of career experiences in the luxury hospitality industry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Management from the University of Florida with a specialization in Hospitality and Events Management. Soon after she completed her Master of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University based in Miami. After working for Marriott Vacation Club in Orlando, Diana began a new adventure in Human Resources with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino before going to the iconic five-star property, The Peninsula New York. She spent the last six years as a learning, training, and development professional focusing on leadership development and employee engagement. Diana is ecstatic to return to Gainesville and provide guidance to students on their path to becoming tomorrow’s business leaders. Her passions outside of work include traveling, wellness, and raising her baby girl. Connect with Diana on her LinkedIn Profile.


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Bernadine Thomas

Career Coach,
Undergraduate Business Career Services

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Bernadine Thomas, a Chicago native, joined the Undergraduate Business Career Services (BCS) team in 2018. Before joining BCS she was an Academic & Career Advisor for five years with the Heavener School of Business as a Finance and Information Systems advisor. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from Chicago State University and her Master’s degree in Adult Education from National Louis University. Bernadine has over 15 years of experience working in the private sector (recruitment and management) for Kelly Services before her career change to higher education where she worked at DePaul University in Chicago as Assistant Director for the School for New Learning graduate program and then in Student Affairs in the Office of Adult Student Affairs, a one-stop resource center for the adult, commuter, transfer and veteran student populations. In 2016, she earned her certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Choosing a career path can be daunting since there are so many career options. Bernadine would like to make that process easier by assisting you with resources for finding internships and to help guide you to your desired career. You can find out more in Bernadine’s LinkedIn profile.

Graduate


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Jason Rife

Director,
Graduate Business Career Services
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Before transitioning into career services, Jason spent a decade in private sector project management, corporate finance, marketing, and strategy roles. Prior to earning his MBA, Jason spent several years at ExxonMobil managing technology projects and working in corporate finance. Upon graduation, he spent several years within John Deere’s MBA Strategic Management Program, later transitioning to a strategy consulting role with McKinsey & Company. There, he provided guidance to senior executives in banking, media, and retail. His love of recruiting and coaching students led him to make the jump to career services at UF, where he now teaches students how to tell their story to companies and helps companies recruit talented students. When he’s not advising students, he’s working with his team to identify ways to enhance Business Career Services’ or coaching case competition teams on how to build and deliver presentations to corporate executives. You can read more about his background in Jason’s LinkedIn profile.


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Erica Nowak

Associate Director,
Business Career Services

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Hailing from Upstate New York, Erica comes to UF with a corporate recruiting background having hired interns, full-time, and senior management positions within the Fortune 500. She has recruited throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Erica also has experience in higher education working with International Programs, Admissions, and Multicultural Affairs. When she is not sticking post-it notes on her forehead to help students with their interviewing skills, you can usually find her working with a non-profit theatre, playing tennis, or spending time with her two nieces. You can read more about her background in Erica’s LinkedIn profile.


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Carly Escue

Associate Director,
Business Career Services

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Before joining the Business Career Services team in 2018, Carly’s private sector background included roles in Corporate HR (ExxonMobil, General Electric), international education (South Korea, Russia) and digital marketing. After graduating from the UF MBA program, she refined her ability to develop others by advising employees and senior executives on career development and recruiting strategy, especially within Real Estate and Commercial functions. Carly is passionate about guiding Warrington students as they prepare for their dream careers, and in her current role, she coaches students in the Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) and Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) programs. To find out more about her background, check out Carly’s LinkedIn profile or stop by Hough 350!


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Summer Pelletier

Associate Director,
Business Career Services

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Summer is a Double Gator and UF MBA alumna. Prior to returning to UF for round three as a B-school Career Coach, she worked in corporate HR at United Technologies. She recruited on college campuses and at national career fairs, searching for talent ready to launch MBA-level careers. She also worked at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America in financial services roles previously. In her current role, she is advising professional MBA students throughout the career search or career enhancement process. When she’s not working with students, Summer can be found championing the student chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. To learn more about her, check out Summer’s LinkedIn profile.

Events


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Robin Gregory

Associate Director, Operations & Events
Business Career Services

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Robin Gregory is the Events Manager for Business Career Services. She is the key team member for the creation, planning, and execution of College-wide Career Services events. She started a successful career in the financial industry working for companies like Norwest Bank (Wells Fargo), Edward Jones Investments, and Global State Mortgage. After a relocation to Florida, Robin began working for the University of Florida where she managed the coordination of event logistics and functions for the Director and Administrative team of a K-12 school in the College of Education. Robin is a busy wife and mother who has been married for 19 years. When she’s not event planning, her calendar is filled with mastering new gluten-free recipes, playing chauffer, and managing the schedules of her two very active teenagers. If you’d still like to know more about her, you can find that in Robin’s LinkedIn profile.

Recruiting


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Kristy Smith

Recruiting Coordinator,
Business Career Services

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Kristy is the Office Manager and Recruiting Coordinator for the Business Career Services Office, with past experience in various University of Florida Administrative Offices including Career Services in the College of Law, Warrington College of Business, and IFAS Personnel. Kristy started her career in the Payable and Disbursements Department in 1987. After beginning her career on the financial side of UF, Kristy also wanted to gain knowledge assisting with student, staff and employer interaction, and recruiting. Kristy has worked in the College for 20 years and the University of Florida for 30 years.