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MBA graduate is recipient of 2016 Recent Alumni Award

Oct 01, 2016

Terin Barbas CremerSince she graduated from Florida State University in 2010 with a joint JD/MBA, Terin Barbas Cremer has excelled in her career and amassed an enviable number of professional accolades. Now, she has one more honor to add to her growing list: the 2016 FSU College of Business Recent Alumni Award.

The college recently presented Cremer with the award at the 10th Annual Leadership and Scholarship dinner. Established in 2011 by the College of Business Recent Alumni Board, the award honors alumni of the past 15 years who have made significant professional and personal achievements.

“Terin’s rapid professional ascension, numerous industry awards and civic leadership really stood out. The board is proud to spotlight her as this year’s recipient,” said selection committee chair Cody Lewis (REE ’08/MBA ’11) and CFO of Lewis Oil Company. “This year’s selection process was exceptionally difficult given the continual increase in the volume and quality of nominees for the award.”

By the time she was 29, just seven years out of college, Cremer had risen through the ranks to become the chief human resources officer and associate general counsel at Bankers Financial Corporation in St. Petersburg, Fla. Today, in addition to managing 15 human resources professionals and being responsible for human resources strategy, delivery of HR services to around 950 colleagues nationwide and a $3 million budget, she oversees Bankers’ internal and external communications and employment law issues.

Cremer’s significant talents have garnered her recognition outside the company, as well. She’s been recognized as a top corporate counsel in a private company and inducted into the young professional 2013 Hall of Fame, both by the Tampa Bay Business Journal; named a Legal Elite Rising Star and an Up & Comer by Florida Trend magazine; and awarded the FSU Alumni Association’s Thirty Under 30 honor (now called the Notable Noles). She is a mayoral appointee to the City of Tampa’s Civil Service Board, serving as an administrative judge, and she holds leadership positions with Leadership Florida, the Junior League of Tampa and the Diversity Board for the University of Notre Dame, where she earned her bachelor’s degree.

Cremer credits her time at the College of Business for providing the tools that prepared her to succeed. “A lot of the MBA work at the college is collaborative, and because of that, you learn to identify strengths and weaknesses of each member of a team and can capitalize on the strengths, and that is very much a part of my job today,” Cremer said. “I had a wonderful experience and made some of my best friends through that collaboration.”

William Christiansen, chair of the Department of Finance and MBA program director, worked closely with Cremer as she went through the program. “Terin was an outstanding law and business student at FSU, and she continues to achieve and perform at a very high level,” he said. “She is blessed with a strong work ethic, strong social skills and an intellectual capacity that leads to a high degree of success.” 

Before joining Bankers, Cremer worked at a boutique labor and employment firm. Prior to that, she worked under Governors Charlie Crist and Rick Scott for the State of Florida, coordinating a statewide legal team defending legislation she helped draft for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

By Barbara Ash





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