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School of Business Administration 2022 Honors Awards

Each year, the School of Business Administration and the Stetson Business School Foundation, Inc., host the Business Honors Banquet in celebration of the outstanding academic and community achievement of business students and faculty. This annual event provides an opportunity to recognize excellence and celebrate accomplishments. While we are proud of all of our students, we take special pride in those who have distinguished themselves academically through their scholarship and leadership at Stetson. It is a privilege to join with the faculty in recognizing these special students each year.

Congratulations to all of our 2022 award winners and recipients!

Business Systems and Analytics Awards

Business Systems and Analytics Outstanding Senior

This award is presented to a senior for outstanding ability, service and academic performance.

Recipient: Victoria Taranowski

Business School Foundation Kenneth Jackson Award for Decision Science

The Business School Foundation Kenneth Jackson Award for Decision Science is awarded to a deserving student excelling in one or more courses in Decision Science. Dr. Kenneth Jackson was Professor of Finance at Stetson University and developed the Roland George Investments Program.

Recipient: Zachary O'Brien

Business School Foundation Theodore J. Surynt Merit Award for Business Systems Analysis

This award is presented to a graduating senior based on academic ability and performance. Dr. Ted Surynt was a professor of decision information sciences and a former associate dean at Stetson University. Dr. Surynt was also active in the community, serving on the West Volusia Literacy Council, United Way Board of Directors and as a Rotarian for 30 years.

Recipient: Joshua Finkelstein

Finance Awards

Business School Foundation Eugene M. Lynn Merit Award for Finance

Eugene M. Lynn was chairman emeritus of the Lynn Insurance Group and a Stetson donor and former student. He received an honorary doctorate from Stetson in 1978 and received our most prestigious honor, the Doyle E. Carlton Award, in 1979. The recipient of this award is a graduating senior selected based on outstanding academics and contributions to the Department of Finance.

Recipient: Matthew J. Clements

Outstanding Certified Financial Planning Award

This award is presented to a CFP junior or senior for outstanding ability, service and academic performance.

Recipient: Kyle Benedict

Outstanding Senior Business Award in Economics

This award is presented to a senior in the Department of Finance for outstanding ability, service and academic performance.

Recipient: Tim Gennes

Outstanding Junior Business Award in Finance

This award is presented to a junior in the Department of Finance for outstanding ability, service and academic performance.

Recipients: Elena-Marta Djokovic & Christopher Kent

Management Awards

Business School Foundation E.C. Furlong Merit Award for Management

This award is named after Edward C. Furlong, retired dean of business and professor emeritus, who served 40 years as a faculty member at Stetson University and 30 years as business dean. The award is presented to a graduating management major based on outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipient: Mark Manglardi

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Business Administration

This award is presented to a graduating business administration major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipient: Patrick Simmonds

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Prince Entrepreneurship Program

This award is presented to a graduating entrepreneurship major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipient: Haley Mills

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Family Enterprise

This award is presented to a graduating family business major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipients: Benjamin Resnick

Business School Foundation Merit Award for International Business

This award is presented to a graduating international business major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipient: Sarah Erhart

Chris Davies Business Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is named in memory of Stetson student Chris Davies and presented to a rising senior in the School of Business Administration who plans a career in small business.

Recipient: Kendall Buck

Monique Forte Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is named after late professor of management and former chair of the Department of Management and is awarded to a School of Business Administration student based on both academic ability and financial need. This student has provided service to the School of Business Administration, the university, and the community.

Recipient: Joshua Cone

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Business Law

This award is presented to a business law minor for outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Lauren Domel

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Professional Sales

This award is presented to a graduating professional sales major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipients: Julia Rentas

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Sports Business

This award is presented to a sport business major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipient: Fabian Penzkofer

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Human Resource Management

This award is presented to a human resource management major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipient: Bec Hett

Sports Business Scholarship and Service Award 

This award is presented to a business student for outstanding performance in sport business.

Recipient: Dominic Carlucci

Marketing Awards

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Marketing

This award is presented to a graduating marketing major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipients: Julia Rentas

Distinguished Marketing Student

This award is presented to a senior marketing major for exceptional academic performance.

Recipients: Amber Schwartz

Marketing Ethics and Social Responsibility Award

This award is presented to a marketing major who has demonstrated a commitment to their academic performance and has had a positive impact on the campus and community through their civic engagement. 

Recipients: Jamie Hardy

Accounting Awards

M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy

Business School Foundation David M. Beights Merit Award for Accounting

David M. Beights is considered the “father” of the Stetson accounting program (He also pioneered the development of accounting programs at the University of Florida, Florida State University and Rollins College). He served as department chair for many years and was inducted into the Stetson Accounting Hall of Fame in 2016. An endowed chair, the David M. Beights Professor of Accounting, was established in his name. This award is presented to a graduating accounting business major for outstanding academic ability and performance.

Recipient: Walter Klein

Business School Foundation George and Marie Putnam Memorial Accounting Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by earnings on significant donations made to the Foundation by the late George and Marie Putnam upon their deaths. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate accounting major or a Master of Accountancy student based on outstanding academic performance.

Recipients: Walter Klein, Victoria Taranowski, Eric Torres

George Putnam Accounting Scholarships

This scholarship is funded by earnings on significant donations made to the Foundation by the estates of the late George and Marie Putnam. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate accounting major or a Master of Accountancy student based on outstanding academic performance.

Recipients: Taylor Hand, Samaya Hoyer, Robert Vincik

Master Life Challenger Awards

These scholarships, awarded to Master of Accountancy students based on academic achievement, are funded by an endowment established to honor the late Joseph J. Master, a legendary Stetson accounting professor from 1964-1996 who served as accounting department chair and a University trustee, and was one of the founders of the Stetson Business School Foundation, Inc. He was also holder of the Christian Lindback Chair.

Recipients: Madison Edkins, Wyatt Hollman, Spencer Machuga, Anne Riggs, Kara Saylor, Kyamanni Stewart, Layton Thomas, Caleb Wallace, Sophia Wilber

Roger Swanger Legacy Award

This award is named in honor of Double Hatter Roger Swanger ’85 (accounting), ’86 MAcc. Swanger was a 33-year veteran in the field of accounting, including 28 years at James Moore, where he served as a partner since 2001. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior or senior accounting student with excellent academic performance, as well as engagement on campus and within the community.

Recipient: Cassie Connell

Stephen and Mary Beth Pullum Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by an endowment established by Stephen and Mary Beth Pullum. The scholarships are awarded to rising accounting seniors and are based on outstanding academic achievement.

Recipient: Mallory Stulz

Federation of Schools Accountancy (FSA) MAcc Student of the Year

the FSA Student Award Program annually recognizes an outstanding student from each full member school who is enrolled in the fifth year or a program leading to a Master of Accountancy degree designation.

Recipient: Waleed Ikram

FICPA Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarships

The Florida Institute of CPAs Educational Foundation, Inc. presents these awards to full-time accounting students on a basis of academic achievement, financial need, and demonstrated involvement in FICPA and other professional, social, and charitable activities.

Recipients: Mary Roth, Ethan Hull

FICPA - George E. Shierling Platinum Endowment Scholarship Award

These scholarships, named after Stetson alumnus and active contributor to the Stetson Accounting Program, George Shierling, are awarded to Stetson accounting students who plans to become a CPA and practice in the state of Florida. The awards are based on both academic ability and financial need.

Recipients: Walter Klein and Waleed Ikram

FICPA - James Wilcox Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship endowment is named in memory of James Wilcox, CPA, an FICPA member, established by a gift from the Coulter Foundation to continue Wilcox's commitment to opening doors in accounting for minorities. The recipient is a minority student who is pursuing a graduate degree in accounting at a Florida University. 

Recipient: Melissa Ramos-Loredo

FICPA - Robert R. Harris Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship, named in honor of Stetson alumnus and former chair of the AICPA, Robert Harris, is awarded to a Stetson accounting student who plans to practice in the state of Florida as a CPA. The award is based on academic ability and financial need.

Recipient: Victoria Taranowski

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholar

Since 2011, the PCAOB has administered a scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate accounting students enrolled in accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The PCAOB Scholars Program seeks to benefit students who are likely to become auditors and to make a difference for students who might otherwise choose a different career path. The program is mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and funded through monetary penalties collected as part of PCAOB enforcement actions. Considerations include interest and aptitude in accounting and auditing, as evidenced by high academic accomplishments and ethical standards.

Recipient: Melissa Ramos-Loredo

Leadership Awards

J.D. Bond and Charles E. Bradley Scholarships

This award is named in honor J.D. Bond, Jr. and his son-in-law Charles E. Bradley in recognition of their monetary contribution to the Foundation that established the scholarship. The Bond/Bradley Scholarships are presented to rising seniors based on high academic performance and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Recipients: Elena-Marta Djokovic, Ashlyn Prewitt

Business School Foundation Paul E. Dascher Outstanding Scholar Award

The Dascher award is named after former dean and Rinker Distinguished Professor of Accounting, Paul Dascher. Dascher served at Stetson from 1993 to 2012. Dascher continues to serve on the Stetson Business School Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. The award is given to a rising senior based on outstanding academic performance.

Recipients: Jamie Hardy

James H. Maury Jr. Memorial Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by an endowment established through the Stetson Business School Foundation by the late James Maury Jr., a 1979 Stetson business graduate. The recipients are rising seniors majoring in a business discipline and are selected based on their academic achievements.

Recipients: Stephen Bratcher, Christopher Kent, Sven Thiergard

Graduate Awards

Business School Foundation Graduate Business Student Award—MAcc

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Master of Accountancy program for academic performance and character.

Recipient: Waleed Ikram

Business School Foundation Graduate Business Student Award—MBA

This award is presented to a student in the Master of Business Administration program for academic performance and character.

Recipient: Elizabeth Connor

Top JD/MBA Academic Performance Award

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Juris Doctor/ Master of Business Administration program for the highest academic performance exhibited in the program.

Recipient: Spencer Bello

Top MBA Academic Performance Award

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Master of Business Administration program for the highest academic performance exhibited in the program.

Recipient: Makayla Mitchell

Top MBA/MS in Pharmacy Academic Performance Awards

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Pharmacy program for the highest academic performance exhibited in the program.

Recipients: Andrew Gaiser

Top MHA/MBA Academic Performance Award

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Master of Healthcare Managment/Master of Business Administration program for the highest academic performance exhibited in the program.

Recipient: Brendan Haley

Faculty Awards

Outstanding Teacher Award

This award recognizes significant instructional contributions by business faculty members who develop our students as productive citizens in their roles as business professionals.

Recipient: Lou Paris, MBA

Outstanding Researcher Award

This award recognizes faculty members for significant accomplishments in scholarly activity. Selection takes into account the significance of academic work and accomplishments.

Recipient: Matthew Imes, PhD

Outstanding Service Award

This award recognizes significant service activity and outstanding contributions by faculty members toward the organization and administration of business and university programs, activities and committees. 

Recipient: Giovanni Fernandez, PhD

Outstanding Innovator Award

This award recognizes faculty members with significant contributions which prompt breakthroughs and/or disruptive change, and who inspire students and enhance student learning through creative, engaging and innovative teaching methods and curriculum.

Recipient: Jim Beasley, PhD

Cultural Impact Award

This award recognizes faculty or staff members that build, foster, and/or exemplify a culture of vibrancy, innovation, collaboration and excellence through conversation, attitude, constructive questioning/feedback, and work performed to advance the SoBA’s strategic goals.

Recipient: Brenda McWhorter

Master Accountant Award

Recipient: Bonnie Holloway, MBA

Professor of the Year Award

This award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to fostering the core values of Stetson University and the School of Business in our students - intellectual development, personal growth and global citizenship.

Recipient: Stuart Michelson, PhD