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Established in 2003, the College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame honors and celebrates individuals who embody the qualities that make the College of Business at Florida State University an extraordinary place to learn and grow. The inductees are College of Business alumni who have excelled in their careers and have made significant contributions to the mission of the College of Business.

Criteria for Selection

Alumni Hall of Fame candidates are selected based on their record of exceptional professional and personal achievement. Recipients must be present at the Hall of Fame ceremony, held every spring, in order to be inducted. While posthumous nominations are now being accepted, a family member must be present for induction. Self-nominations are discouraged.

The criteria include:

  • Graduated from Florida State's College of Business (any degree)
  • Exceptional career background
  • Significant professional recognition (industry/association awards)
  • Community involvement and recognition
  • Service to the College of Business and Florida State University
2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony

Thursday, September 20, 2018
FSU Turnbull Conference Center
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Cocktail reception
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Dinner and program
Black tie attire is requested.
This event is invitation-only.

For more information on the college’s Hall of Fame, contact Marissa Langston, Assistant Dean for Alumni & Community Engagement.

2017 Inductees

Douglas Dunlap (Accounting '74)
President and Majority Owner
Syntech Systems, Inc.

Clifford Hinkle* (Business Administration ’71)
Founder, Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Flagler Holdings Inc.
* Clifford Hinkle was inducted posthumously.


Stuart Lasher (Accounting & Finance ’81)
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Quantum Capital Partners, Inc.

Thomas McAlpin (Accounting & Finance ’81)
President and CEO
Virgin Voyages

Past Inductees

The information below is based on current information at the time of induction into the College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame.


Nan Casper Hillis (Marketing/Finance '76), Banking Executive (Retired) (Video)
J. Robert "Bobby" Jones Jr. (Finance/Accounting '75), Partner (Retired), Bluff Point (Video)
William F. Stephenson (Management '82), Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Executive Board, De Lage Landen International B.V. (Video)
John Thrasher (Business Administration '65 and Juris Doctorate '72), President, Florida State University (Video)


Allan Bense (MBA '74), Chairman, President and CEO, Bense Enterprises Inc.; Former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives; Chairman, Florida State University Board of Trustees (Video)
Dean Cash (MBA '75), President and CEO, ATEL Capital Group (Video)
John Culver (B.S. '82 Hospitality Management), Group President, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific Channel Development and Emerging Brands (Video)
Fred Tresca (B.S. '82 Accounting and Finance), Co-founder, Principal and Managing Director, Branta Group (Video)


Tony DiBenedetto (B.S. '87 Management Information Systems), Chairman & CEO, Tribridge (Video)
Donald L. Harbaugh (B.S. '71 Marketing), President, HDD Holdings, LLC (Video)
Cinny Streich Murray (B.S. '80 Marketing), President, Chico's (Video)


Donna Abood (B.S. '81 MAR), Chairman-Founding Partner, Colliers International South Florida (Video)
John Crossman (B.S. '93 Real Estate), President, Crossman & Company (Video)
Francis J. Nardozza (B.S. '77 Accounting), Chairman & CEO, REH Capital Partners, LLC (Video)


Tim Cole (B.S. '79 Marketing), Executive Vice President for Sales, Del Monte Foods (Video)
Dr. William T. Hold (B.S. '63 Risk Management/Insurance), President and Co-Founder, The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research (Video)
J. Michael Pate (B.S. '68 Business Administration), Former Publisher and President, Tallahassee Democrat/The Sun News - Knight Ridder Newspapers (Video)


F. D. "Bud" Jordan (B.S. '57 Accounting), Senior Vice President – Investments, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
Mark Hillis (B.S. '64 Finance), Major (Ret.), U.S. Marine Corps and Retired, First Vice President of Real Estate Finance, SunTrust Bank
Kenneth M. Willis (B.S. '76 Marketing), President & CEO, Anewda Consulting and Retired, Vice President Strategy/Change Leadership, Pepsico/Quaker


Hugh Durham (B.S. '59 Marketing and MBA '61), Retired Collegiate Basketball Head Coach
Bob Mang (B.S. '68 Management and Marketing), Former President/Chief Executive Officer, The Broadway Southwest, The Bon Marche and Woodward & Lothrop/John Wanamaker
Harry Sargeant III (B.S. '79 Management), Chairman, Sargeant Group


Bob Sasser (B.S. '73 Marketing), President & CEO, Dollar Tree, Inc.
William G. Smith, Jr. (B.S. '76 Finance), President & CEO, Capital City Bank Group, Inc.
James "J.T." Thomas, Jr. (B.S. '73 Business Administration), Former NFL Player and President, Three Rivers Barbecue, LLC


James L. Massey (B.S. '65 Finance), Retired, Vice Chairman, Salomon Brothers Inc.
Meg Gilbert Crofton (B.S. '74 Marketing and MBA '75), President, Walt Disney World Resort
Bruce Redditt (B.S. '75 Marketing), Executive Vice President, Omnicom Group


Ted T. Cecala (B.S. '71 Finance and Accounting), Chairman & CEO, Wilmington Trust Corporation
Jeffrey P. Rohr (B.S. '72 Accounting), CFO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
Randell A. Smith (B.S. '77 Accounting), CEO & Co-Founder, Smith Travel Research


Daniel P. Dillon (B.S. '65 Commerce and MBA '67), President & CEO, Welch's
Colonel (Ret.) Verle B. Hammond (MBA '71), President & CEO, Innovative Logistics Techniques, Inc. (INNOLOG)
James M. Seneff (B.S. '68 Business Administration), Chairman & CEO, CNL Financial Group, Inc.


Chuck Hardwick (B.S. '62 Finance and MBA '64), Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
Admiral (Ret.) Paul David Miller (B.S. '63 Finance), Admiral, United States Navy
Jeffrey D. Gargiulo (B.S. '74 Marketing), President & CEO, Sunkist Growers, Inc.


Amos McMullian (B.S. '62 Accounting), Chairman, Flowers Foods, Inc.
R. Eugene Taylor (B.S. '69 Finance), President, Consumer & Commercial Banking, Bank of America


Charles A. Bruning (B.S. '67 Finance), President & CEO, AmeriMark Capital Corporation
Salvador Diaz-Verson (B.S. '74 Commerce); Former President & Board of Directors Member, AFLAC and President, Diaz-Verson Capital Investments
Gary L. Rogers (B.S. '66 Marketing), Vice Chairman of the Board, General Electric

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