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College of Business alumni are making an impact on many fields across the globe. This online site allows you to keep up with your former classmates, and we hope you will send us news about what you are doing. Please send your information to Marissa Langston, Assistant Dean for Alumni & Community Engagement, at alumni@business.fsu.edu.


The following news has been submitted after January 1, 2017:

1960s

Mark HillisMark Hillis (FIN '64) recently was named to the FSU Libraries Advancement Board, the FSU Strategic Plan Implantation Committee, the FSU Branding Committee and was elected an emeritus member of the Southern Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, he and his wife established the Mark and Nan Casper Hillis Endowed Fund for Student Veterans.

1980s

Craig LynchCraig Lynch (MAR '81) has been elevated to chair the Florida State University (FSU) Alumni Association’s national board of directors. The FSU Alumni Association recently presented Craig with the Circle of Gold award, recognizing individuals who personify the university’s tradition of excellence through their service and achievements. Lynch serves as partner and is on his fourth term on the board of directors for Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina.

John MedinaJohn Medina (MULTI '87) has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Chief Experience Officer of First Commerce Credit Union. Medina brings more than 25 years of broad leadership and experience in service excellence in the financial services industry to First Commerce, Tallahassee's largest locally-based credit union. 

1990s

Dave Sinason

David Sinason (Ph.D. ACG ’96), director of Northern Illinois University’s Internal Audit Program, has been named NIU’s Accountancy Alumni Professor in recognition of his longstanding commitment to NIU and its Department of Accountancy. Sinason’s academic career includes more than 50 publications mostly in the areas of assurance services, fraud prevention and detection, and auditor liability. He also co-authored Auditing and Assurance Services, one of the leading auditing textbooks in the United States.  

Hilton Waters

Brian Waters (MAR '97), has been hired as vice president of marketing at National Harbor. He will also serve as the executive director of Visit National Harbor, the destination’s convention and visitors association. Before joining National Harbor, Waters led business-to-business marketing at Hilton where his team drove brand preference and market share among meeting planners and travel agents.

2000s

Megan Bagwell (FIN & MUTLI '03) is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Volusia OBGYN in Daytona Beach, Florida. She recently received a 2017 Young Alumni Award from the FSU Alumni Association in recognition of her significant contribution to her profession, community or alma mater.

Richard Desmond (MAN '07) is a Program Specialist of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. He recently received a 2017 Young Alumni Award from the FSU Alumni Association in recognition of his significant contribution to his profession, community or alma mater.

Marcus Gadson (FIN '09/MBA '10) is a Senior Capital Analyst at Fresenius Kidney Care in Atlanta, Georgia. He recently received a 2017 Young Alumni Award from the FSU Alumni Association in recognition of his significant contribution to his profession, community or alma mater.

Stephen HarrellStephen Harrell (RMI & ENT '06) has been named president and chief operating officer of Insurance Specialty Group LLC (ISG). Harrell previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2014.
 

Michael KalifehMichael Kalifeh (ACG '03/MAcc '04) was selected as an FICPA Horizon Award winner. He is a shareholder in the tax services department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs in the Tallahassee office. 

Brian WalgamottBrian Walgamott (MAcc '08) was selected by Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs Practice Advisor’s “40 Under 40” designation, which recognizes employees considered to be talented leaders, passionate about  accounting and who are developing their own paths to success.
 
Justin A. Wiley (FIN & REE '04) is the Area Assistant Vice President at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Orlando, Florida. He recently received a 2017 Young Alumni Award from the FSU Alumni Association in recognition of his significant contribution to his profession, community or alma mater. 

 

2010s

Ryan BarnesRyan Barnes (ACG/FIN '15) was selected as an FICPA Horizon Award winner. He is a senior in the assurance services department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs in the Tallahassee office. 


Phil FocaracciPhil Focaracci (ACG/FIN '15) received his CPA license. He is a staff accountant in the tax services department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs in the Tallahassee office. 
 
 

Nick GilpinNick Gilpin (ACG '11/MAcc '14) received his CPA license. He is a senior in the tax services department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs in the Tallahassee office. 


Laura HutchinsonLaura Hutchinson (ACG '13) is a licensed CPA and will join Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs as a senior in the tax services department in the Tampa office. 


Tim IcardiTim Icardi
(ACG '16/MAcc '17) will join Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs as a staff accountant in the tax services department in the Tallahassee office. 


Lauren Kervick
(MAN '10) is an Intelligence Officer for the U. S. Navy in Washington, D.C. She recently received a 2017 Young Alumni Award from the FSU Alumni Association in recognition of her significant contribution to her profession, community or alma mater. 

Bill KnightBill Knight
(ACG '14) is a licensed CPA and will join Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs as a staff accountant in the tax services department in the Tallahassee office. 


Lauren SackreiterLauren Sackreiter
 (ACG & FIN '17) is a licensed CPA and will join Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs as a staff accountant in the assurance services department in the Tallahassee office. 


Elliot WaterburyWe are saddened to share that Elliot Waterbury (ACG & FIN '14) passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Read more here.





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