Torch Award recognizes distinguished FIU College of Business alumni.

Torch Award recognizes distinguished FIU College of Business alumni.

Four College of Business alumni will be honored with the 17th annual Torch Award, given to leaders who exemplify the best of FIU and serve as an inspiration to all. This year’s FIU Business torchbearers are:

Diane M. Faulconer

Alumna of the Year
Diane M. Faulconer (’74, MS ’74)
Former nurse and healthcare executive, philanthropist


Misha Kuryla

Entrepreneurial Leadership Award
Misha Kuryla (MIB ’04)
Owner of Misha’s Cupcakes


Francisco Gonzalez

Distinguished Alumni Award
Francisco Gonzalez (BAcc ’90)
Managing Principal, Miami Office – Audit Dept.,
Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC


Distinguished Alumni Award
Marcel L. Navarro (BAcc ’93)
Founder & Principal, MMG Equity Partners

The Torch Awards, bestowed by the FIU Alumni Association, recognizes alumni and faculty for the positive impact they make on their profession, the community and the university. They were created in memory of Senator Ernest R. Graham, who helped create FIU 44 years ago.

Proceeds from the annual Torch Awards Gala benefit the First Generation Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to undergraduate students who are the first generation in their families to attain a college degree. Since the program’s inception in 2006, more than 10,000 First Generation Scholarships have been allocated to FIU students.

Additionally, funds will be allocated for the future construction of the FIU Alumni Center.

For more information on the Torch Awards, visit

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