May 2010
Greetings from the USF College of Business!

USF business students have been busy competing, and it's not just in the classroom.  During the spring semester, we launched many new awards and competitions that our students have been vying for, and we have many more happening over the summer.  Some of those competitions include a CA Smartphone Competition, in which our students won second place, the Fintech Business Plan Competition, and Undergraduate Business Case Competition.  We have also started a new initiative to recognize our top 25 Under 25 undergraduate business students.

You can read about these new initiatives in our newsletter, as well as find out about more summer competitions in our upcoming dates.  Be sure to check out our student, faculty, and alumni spotlights, too.


Bob Forsythe, Dean

Featured Articles
25 Under 25
There are more than 6,000 undergraduate students in the College of Business, but just 25 were chosen as part of the inaugural group of  25 Under 25, a program recognizing some of our most well-rounded business students under the age of 25.  Read more
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Students Make First Purchases for Real Money Investment Fund
The biggest investment most students will make in college is tuition, books, and fees, but not the seven students enrolled in the applied security analysis course in the College of Business. Read more
Forsythe first name signatureUSF Students Create "Quickshot" Blackberry Application
Students from the USF's College of Business placed second in a nationwide competition to create an app for the BlackberryStorm.  Dubbing their application the "CA Quickshot," the students' prototype allows business operations managers to quickly capture and harvest data, summarizing key performance metrics on a digital screen with a simple red, yellow, and green alert system. Read more 
Forsythe first name signatureElevator Competition
Undergraduate student Justin Fries and graduate student Mark Kelley each won $1,000 after spending a Saturday morning riding an elevator up and down 37 floors in downtown Tampa.  They weren't joy-riding, though; Fries and Kelley, along with two dozen other business students from the University of South Florida, were riding with area hiring managers as part of an exercise to learn how to sell themselves and present a positive, professional first impression. Read more
 Dancing Accountants?
 School of Accountancy Video Snapshot
Some of our brand-new alumni from the USF School of Accountancy celebrated graduation by dancing their way out of the building recently.
Watch the video from Friday's graduation reception!  
Kudos to students Rich Grieder and Stephanie Wagenfohr for coordinating the effort - along with several others from Beta Alpha Psi and the School of Accountancy.  Look carefully as you watch, as you may even see a few faculty members in this video, including professor Bill Stephens, who helped produce the event.
Forsythe first name signatureFlorida Global Business Summit
"Created by students for students."  That's the vision Jamie Kenney, a junior majoring in international business, had when he first thought of the Florida Student Summit on Global Business.  Read more
Forsythe first name signatureStudent Spotlight: Matt Kelsey
Nineteen-year-old Matt Kelsey is the quintessence of student success, achieving his goals in the classroom and the community while still proving to his peers that he's just your "average college student."  Read more 
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USF:Unstoppable and the College of Business
The College of Business aims to raise $52,000,000 as part of the USF:Unstoppable campaign, a comprehensive fundraising effort.  Priorities include faculty support and a new Stuent Success Center, a partnership with the USF Career Center.  The College's primary focus: to enhance the student experience.  Read more 
Featured Alumni
Forsythe first name signatureAlumni Feature: Charles Yeo
Can you imagine attending a college more than 10,000 miles from home and finishing your undergraduate degree in two and one half years instead of the usual four? That was what University of South Florida alumnus Charles Yeo did back in 1988. 

The Bank of Tampa
The Bank of Tampa is investing in individuals with a high interest in community and professionalism, and is finding many of them from the University of South Florida.  In fact, more than 30 of their senior-level Tampa employees are USF grads.  This vested interest starts at the top from their president and CEO, Bill West, a College of Business graduate.  Read more

Alumni Notes
Alumni Notes

Steve T. Libby, Jr. ('71, management) was named a finalist in the rankings "CFO of the Year" by Tampa Bay Business Journal.  Libby is senior vice president and CFO of Tampa Housing Authority.

Ronald Sanders ('73, management) joined Booz Allen Hamilton as senior executive advisor.  Sanders has over 37 years of experience in addressing federal government's most difficult human capital challenges across civil, defense and intelligence agencies.  He recently retired as the U.S. Intelligence Community's first chief human capital officer.

Dale Pilkington ('77, accounting) was named president of Versus Underwriting Managers, LLC. 

Byron Shinn ('79, accounting) was named to USF's Board of Trustees by Governor Charlie Crist.  Shinn is president of Shinn & Company, LLC.

Kevin Schultze ('81, MA in economics) was promoted to managing director and head of the Portfolio Strategy Group.  He is the firm's acting chief economist, responsible for developing fixed income strategies for the firm's institutional fixed income clients. Schultze has more than 20 years expertise in fixed income portfolio management.


David Kagan ('83, finance & marketing) has joined Spacenet, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., as senior vice president of  business development. 


Asif Kamal ('84, finance) was appointed to the Privatization Commission Board.  Kamal is chairman of Trust Investment Bank and is chief executive of Tricon Developers.


Chris Chin ('84, accounting & management) has joined Receivables Performance Management's executive team as vice president of finance.  Chris will lead and manage the company's financial strategies, reports, budgets, financial operations, bank relationships and compliance.  Chris has more than 26 years of accounting and financial experience ranging from nano-technology commercialization to multi-million dollar merger and acquisition deals.


Suya Davenport ('84, marketing) was named director of sales for Naples Bay Resort, by Benchmark Hospitality International.  She previously served as executive director of the Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau.


Perry Boskus ('87, marketing), president of Global Synthetic Ice, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of business management.


Randy Gartz ('87, finance) was named recruitment delivery manager for Sherpa, a Charlotte-based recruiting, staffing, and consulting firm specializing in accounting, finance, IT, and project management


Richard Troy Wolfe ('87, management) was appointed senior vice president and general manager of Trident Microsystems' Set-top Box Business Unit.


Scott Carter ('89, finance) was promoted to vice president, senior mortgage loan officer at HomeBanc. 


Simon Gregorich ('89, accounting & '92, MAcc) was named "CFO of the Year" finalist by Tampa Bay Business Journal.  Gregorich is senior vice president and CFO of PODS Holding, Inc.

Daniel P. Rizzo ('89, marketing) received the recognition in Stanford Who's Who as a result of his work in the refrigeration industry.  He has been owner and operator of Gina Marie Refrigeration Door Systems for the past 21 years.

Earl Lariscy ('90, finance) joined DoubleLine Capital as the firm's Legal Counsel.

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Featured Faculty
Forsythe first name signatureUday Murthy
Combining his knowledge of accounting with his sense of humor, Accounting Professor Uday Murthy finds a way to connect with students on all levels.  A professor for advanced accounting information systems, a graduate course in the Master of Accountancy program, and two doctoral courses, Murthy is busy helping students understand how accounting and information systems interrelate.  Read More
Forsythe first name signatureMiriam Stamps
What intrigued Miriam Stamps about the marketing field years ago is still keeping her interested today - the need to educate and understand people. 
Faculty Notes
For information regarding faculty additions, honors, or moves within the College of Business click here
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In This Issue
25 Under 25
Students Make First Purchases for Real Money Investment Fund
USF Students Create "Quickshot" Blackberry Application
Florida Student Summit on Global Business
Dates to Remember
Accounting Circle Conference at USF
May 20-21, 2010
The Accounting Circle Conference at USF will host its annual conference at the Tampa Convention Center this year. The conference will qualify for 16 CPE credits: nine of the credits meet the Accounting and Auditing requirement (subject to approval).  The purpose of the USF Accounting Circle is to provide a working relationship among students, faculty, alumni and friends of the School of Accountancy for the enrichment of the accounting, educational and developmental process at USF. 
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8th Annual USF Accounting Circle Alumni Reunion
May 20, 2010
The 8th Annual USF Accounting Circle Alumni Reunion will be held on May 20 at 5:30pm at the Tampa Convention Center.  A free event with complimentary food and beverages, this reunion is for alumni from the USF School of Accountancy.    Contact Sue Gramby,
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