Stellar graduates to be inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame
Three outstanding alumni have been selected for induction into the 2021 College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame and will be recognized Nov. 4 at a black-tie dinner and ceremony. The recognition showcases alumni who have excelled in their careers and made a significant impact on both Florida State University and the College of Business.
“These College of Business graduates are a tremendous source of pride and inspiration for the university and our college,” said Michael D. Hartline, dean of the college. “They have distinguished themselves globally and in their communities, and we are thrilled to recognize them with our highest honor. We look forward to celebrating their remarkable accomplishments and service.”
The new inductees will join 55 other individuals inducted since the Hall of Fame was created in 2003. Plans are to hold the event in person at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. The new inductees are:
Peter Collins (BS Finance ’92; MBA ’97) is co-founder and managing principal of Forge Capital Partners, LLC and the CEO of Forge's real estate private equity fund business. Over the last 20 years, he has overseen more than $1.5 billion of real estate and corporate transactions. He is a member of the FSU Board of Trustees, a former executive committee member of the FSU College of Business Board of Governors and served as an FSU Foundation trustee, recently completing a two-year term as chair of the Foundation’s endowment. In 2010, he was appointed to the $200 billion State of Florida Pension Investment Advisory Council. Learn more
Ted Ostrander (BS Business Administration ’70) is the retired chairman and CEO of Lassiter-Ware, which he helped grow from a seven-person office in 1983 to one of the largest independent insurance agencies in Florida employing 130 people in five locations. He has served on many insurance company advisory boards at regional and national levels and chairs the FSU RMI Executive Council. He received the prestigious Mitchell Stallings Award in recognition of his tireless work as an advocate for insurance agents and the industry. Learn more
John Rivers (BS Marketing ’89) created his first concept, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, in 2009, and it quickly became one of the fastest-growing restaurants in the Southeast. Since then, the business has grown to 22 locations in Florida. Born out of Rivers’ garage, the “barbeque ministry” remains at the heart of the company’s mission to lift up those in need and help build better communities. A former member of the College of Business Board of Governors, Rivers has served as a Charles A. Bruning Distinguished Speaker in the college and was an FSU commencement speaker in 2018. Rivers also is a member of the FSU Alumni Association’s prestigious Circle of Gold, which recognizes individuals for their service, achievements and dedication to the university. Learn more