Richard Lavina

Looking for a different kind of accounting career? This FIU Business alumnus is building the “Uber of Accounting”

Back in 2015, Richard Laviña (MAcc ‘13) was rising through the ranks at accounting giant PwC. He was offered a job at the firm’s national headquarters in New Jersey, required for all partnership candidates, which meant leaving his Miami home and family. Hitting what he called “a fork in the road,” he turned the opportunity down. And […]

Claudia Prado: business education, gratitude fosters a drive to give back at Univision.

Claudia Prado: business education, gratitude fosters a drive to “give back” at Univision.

The day Claudia Prado (MBA ’19, BBA ’16) started college was the same day she began her career at Univision – a career that’s lasted nearly a decade. As senior director of corporate responsibility, she manages Univision’s social impact campaigns, overseeing their efforts to connect with and help Latino immigrants. It’s an important role, and one of Prado’s many impressive accomplishments, […]

Mauricio Angarita

Shifting careers, alumnus Mauricio Angarita mines the social media power of the thumb.

Mauricio Angarita’s digital communications firm, The Thumb Fighter, is a playful reference to the mini version of arm wrestling, as well as the thumb’s ties to our text-based online world. For the FIU College of Business alumnus, it also underscores the role connections have played in his life. Central to that story is how Angarita’s […]

Alumnus Profile: Emilio Vazquez (BBA '95)

Alumnus Profile: Emilio Vazquez (BBA ’95) Senior Vice President and Regional Branch Manager Coconut Grove Bank For Emilio Vazquez (BBA ’95), who began his banking career as a teller and now serves as senior vice president and regional branch manager for Coconut Grove Bank’s five branches, job satisfaction focuses on people. [flv: 480 360] “What’s […]

Luisa Mendoza (BS ’05)

Luisa Mendoza (BS ’05), applies daily what she learned in the College of Business Administration and appreciates the connections she made in the college and the Hospitality and Tourism Management program. [flv: 500 334] One way she gives back to the college for these advantages is through her membership in the Alumni Circle, to which […]