FIU Business alumnus Javier Herran (MSMIS ’02) is driving an initiative that’s coming to the aid of employees at two of Miami’s iconic names in the food businesses, Sedano’s Supermarkets and Versailles. Sedano’s Supermarkets will offer temporary jobs to up to 400 employees of Versailles, La Carreta, Casa Juancho and the company’s 11 other restaurants […]
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.
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 […]
A “sweet” success story, hand-crafted by FIU Business alumni.
Yes, it’s true: We all do scream for ice cream. But at Brain Freeze Nitrogen Ice Cream & Yogurt Lab stores, we may also grow giddy with anticipation as we watch our customized ice cream treat created from scratch moments after entering the store. Like regular ice cream, nitrogen ice cream starts with cream and […]
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.
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.
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 […]
Luiz Pereira: Skating into a business future.
Many talented and enthusiastic students attend Florida International University’s College of Business. But few can look back and reminisce about life as a world-class figure skater – and have the YouTube videos to prove it. That’s part of what sets Luiz Pereira apart. Skating under the name Luiz Manella, he represented his native Brazil in […]
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.
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 […]