Chesnutt gift lends a welcome hand to the well-rounded “B” student.

Chesnutt gift lends a welcome hand to the well-rounded “B” student.

R. Van Chesnutt believes in giving back, and has chosen the Florida International University Foundation Inc., for a generous six-figure bequest. But the successful FIU Business alumnus has created a scholarship with a twist: it’s focused not on those top grade point earners, but on first-generation, “B” average business students. The Chesnutt Scholarship, funded through […]

Butters family scholarship helps FIU real estate grads pay down debt and start anew.

Butters family scholarship helps FIU real estate grads pay down debt and start anew.

When Jarrod Woodley started his Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE) at Florida International University’s College of Business, he brought with him a history of failures but a perseverance to turn things around. Ten months later, at the Hollo School of Real Estate program’s graduation dinner on June 30, 2019, he not only […]

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FIU Business alumni donate nearly $600K to improve students’ lives.

For Frank Gonzalez and Barbara Pestana Cartaya, investing in FIU College of Business students is an important way to give back. Thanks to their education and years of hard work, these FIU Business alumni rose from humble beginnings to great achievement. Along with their families, they believe that supporting today’s students is a promise to […]

From risks, come rewards: How FIU Business alumnus Glenn Rufrano navigates turbulence and steers companies to success.

From risks, come rewards: How FIU Business alumnus Glenn Rufrano navigates turbulence and steers companies to success.

Glenn Rufrano’s foray into the business world began by taking a risk. As a new college grad with a computer analytics degree, Rufrano couldn’t find a job in his chosen field, so he accepted one as a property appraiser on Long Island. “I didn’t even know what a real estate appraiser was,” he said. “I […]

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: Alumna of the Year Diane M. Faulconer (’74, MS ’74) Former nurse and healthcare executive, philanthropist   Entrepreneurial Leadership […]

A conversation with… FIU College of Business alum Frank Gonzalez, managing principal at accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra (MBAF)

A conversation with… FIU College of Business alum Frank Gonzalez, managing principal at accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra (MBAF)

FIU Business alumnus Frank Gonzalez (BAcc ’90) was planning to study law when an accounting class at FIU captured his attention. The rest is history. Today Gonzalez leads accounting firm MBAF’s audit department across all offices as well as the firm’s financial institutions and SEC practices. MBAF is South Florida’s largest accounting firm by billings, […]

FIU Business alumni shared lessons and challenges in diversity.

FIU Business alumni shared lessons and challenges in diversity.

The challenges and opportunities presented by issues of diversity and inclusion are an increasingly important part of business’ growth strategy. For many businesses, ranging from global ventures to small businesses, creating new initiatives and enhancing existing programs is a top priority. As the topic commands greater attention, FIU Business brought together a group of human […]

Marakas family gift supports a new level of doctoral student collaboration at FIU Business.

Marakas family gift supports a new level of doctoral student collaboration at FIU Business.

Since his days as a doctoral student at FIU, George Marakas has seen magic happen when doctoral students from different disciplines get together: innovative scholarship, new ideas, and, in a nod to the Beatles, a “Lennon and McCartney” kind of creative energy. And, from his own experience, Marakas knows that these students benefit when they […]