Business Honors Program

Students

Cohort 2016

Tanushree Ajmera - Jaipur, India
Tanushree Ajmera is a first-generation USF student from India, double majoring in finance and management. The USF Honors College student is an active member of the exclusive Business Honors Program and the invitation only Bulls Business Community. A recognized national level debater, Ajmera is currently the Senator of Poplar Hall in Residence Hall Council. She wants to research the global market through summers in Italy and London, semester in France and internship in Prague.

Ryan Burton - Scranton, PA
Ryan Burton is from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and is double majoring in Finance and Marketing. He is the 2016 Business Honors Program Representative, and member of the Bulls Business Network, Bulls Business Community, and Business Honors Service Association. Apart from business, Burton is also a part of USF's Honors College, planning on researching the ebb and flow of the stock market. Dedicated to service, Burton plans on studying abroad and going on service trips to foreign countries.

Ayush Chauhan - Tampa, FL
Ayush Chauhan is a finance major looking to minor in economics. Chauhan was born and raised in India and speaks Hindi. Chauhan is a member of the Student Finance Association and plans to join the Future Business Leaders of America- Phi Beta Lambda society. Chauhan is a player on the USF Men's Ultimate Frisbee Team. He plans to work for a bulge bracket bank as an investment banker in New York City.

Destiney Copeland - Middleburg, FL
Destiney Copeland is a first generation college student who is defying all the odds stacked against her. Copeland is proficient in sign language, as she enjoys face-to-face communication. Copeland is majoring in Finance because she hopes to learn the backbones of a company, in hopes to one day start one herself. While she finds a lot of joy in numbers, Copeland also enjoys art history and hopes to harmonize her passion for business and art together. Copeland wants to give back to her country through providing an honest, American-based, approachable company that people can look towards for inspiration for a corporation with integrity, servitude, and diversity.

Sam Fuller - Sorrento, FL
Sam Fuller is an international business major with a concentration in management. Fuller is an active member of the Business Honors Program, the Bulls Business Community, and the General Honors Program. Fuller was a member of the National Honors Society in high school while graduating with honors in the top 10% of his class. Athletically, Fuller was ranked as high as 8th in the state for weightlifting while lettering in varsity football all four years.

Samantha Hann - St. Augustine, FL
Samantha Hann is an accounting major with a strong interest in pursuing a minor in criminology. Hann plans on earning her CPA designation and becoming a forensic accountant. She is a part of the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program, and is currently a student-athlete at USF as a member of the All-Girl Cheerleading team. Hann's career goal is to one-day work for the FBI investigating financial crimes as a forensic accountant.

Jad Hasbini - Riverview, FL
Jad Hasbini is an accounting major looking to double major in finance. Of Lebanese descent, Hasbini speaks English, Arabic, and continues to study French. Avidly interested in architecture, Hasbini plans on working in residential construction after graduation in addition to pursuing CPA certification. Hasbini is a member of the USF Accounting Society and Rotaract Club and is planning to use these experiences to research the ethical considerations of tax evasion. His dream is to work as a builder-developer in Tampa.

Jessica Kelso - Tampa, FL
Jessica Kelso is a second-generation USF student majoring in finance. Kelso took four years of Spanish and was able to practice her proficiency in Peru. Majoring in finance, Kelso plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy, and pursue an internship in London, England. By being an active member in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, Kelso will become very involved in the movement of Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. After graduating in three years, Kelso hopes to work for J.P. Morgan in New York.

Holly Lippman - Bernardsville, NJ
Holly Lippman is global business major with a concentration in marketing and an expected minor in Spanish language. Her passion is traveling: she loves to learn about other cultures and plans to study abroad multiple times throughout college. Lippman is specifically interested in exploring Peru and Ghana. When she is not busy with schoolwork, you can often find her with a camera in her hand, as she is a published photographer. Lippman's dream job is to work for a non-governmental organization outside the United States that focuses on women's education.

Dylan MacFarquhar - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Dylan MacFarquhar is a finance major and member of the USF Honors College. He has an internship background in insurance and risk management, and is interested in working in investment banking. MacFarquhar has also contributed over 400 hours of community service towards environmental and educational causes. He plans on moving to New York after graduation to work for a Wall Street financial firm.

Samantha Martinez - Cape Coral, FL
Samantha Martinez is an eager first generation college student at USF that is pursuing a degree in Accounting. Of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, Martinez speaks Spanish as well as English. Martinez has a passion for working with little kids and Latin dancing. Martinez plans on acquiring her CPA certification, and applying to one of the Big 4 accounting firms.

Jacob May - Cape Coral, FL
Jacob May is a first-generation college student of Puerto Rican decent. May's web-designing skills allowed him to construct his school's JROTC website. Majoring in finance, May plans on rising through the Publix corporate ladder. May enjoys the soothing sounds of his trumpet, where he usually practices on the top level of the parking garage by Juniper-Poplar. His dream is to retire young and travel the world, while residing in Switzerland.

Christopher Montgomery - Nashville, TN
Chris Montgomery is a double major in international business and marketing with concentrations in finance and supply-chain management from Nashville, Tennessee. Montgomery is a member of the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program, Turning Point USA, and Sigma Chi fraternity. He is planning to study abroad in Florence for six weeks and London for a semester to better prepare himself for the global marketplace. He is interested in European markets and dreams of working as a finance or marketing executive for a German automobile company.

Ryan Page - Tallahassee, FL
Ryan Page is a second generation USF student majoring in accounting. Page's love of the outdoors helped him become an Eagle Scout where he found potential to become a great leader. As an accounting major, Page hopes to become a major leader and pioneer in the auditing world by becoming a CPA. Page devotes most of his free time to hiking and camping in extreme or challenging situations such as the Canadian Crown lands of Ontario or the New Mexican mountain ranges. He hopes to earn an upstanding position right after graduation and retire comfortably by the time he is 60.

Craig Palaca - Fleming Island, FL
Craig Palaca is a business analytics and information systems major looking to minor in Japanese language. Palaca is a first generation American born to Filipino parents. Majoring in data analytics, Palaca plans on having a concentration in cybersecurity. Palaca enjoys analyzing and investing in the stock market in his free time. His dream is to work for the CIA upon graduation.

Mariam Raza - Wesley Chapel, FL
Mariam Raza is a global business major with a concentration in finance. In addition to being a member of the Bulls Business Community and the Business Honors Program, Raza is also a Provost Scholar. She is interested in globalization and expanding her perspective by studying abroad in Europe and Asia. After graduating, Raza plans to pursue an MBA at a high ranking business school.

Spencer Whipple - Tampa, FL
Spencer Whipple is an accounting major who is pursuing a career in financial advisory. After graduating, he intends to obtain his MBA, CFP, and CPA, and his primary long term aspiration is to establish a private, family run financial advisory firm with his older brother. Whipple is also a passionate and adept musician, specializing in violin, guitar, and vocal performance, and he has competitively and recreationally enjoyed Ultimate Frisbee for over 10 years.

Cleon Wilson - Mandeville, Jamaica
Cleon Wilson is a global business, finance and Spanish Major and is pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship, who was born and raised in Jamaica. He is a first generation college student who speaks both English and Spanish, and is currently studying French. Wilson became fascinated with investments, and the world at large, at a young age and hopes to establish a multinational corporation. He is currently pursuing a Black belt in Taekwondo and holds a First Degree Black Belt in Seido Karate. In his spare time, Wilson enjoys fixing technology and learning about new cultures. In his later life he hopes to enter representational politics.

Emelie Wolgast - Arcadia, FL
Emelie Wolgast is a third generation college student majoring in advertising. Wolgast plans to work at a record label promoting new artists. She is a member of both the Honors College and the Zimmerman Advertising Program. Wolgast volunteers with the USF Bulls Radio, and is a member of the Honors College Student Council Advertising Committee. Her dream is to have promoted a band or musician that becomes featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Julianne Woodard - Orlando, FL
Julianne Woodard is a second-generation USF student from Orlando, Florida. Woodard has a passion for travel and an intense curiosity for culture, inspiring her to become fluent in Spanish. She plans to attain a major in finance as well as a minor in Spanish. Woodard participates in Best Buddies at USF, an organization working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her dream is to go to graduate school for her MBA and work for a Fortune 500 Company involving global business.

Cohort 2015

Dhalia Bumbaca

Dhalia Bumbaca - Toronto, Canada
Dhalia Bumbaca is an international business major from Toronto, Canada. Bumbaca is a member of the Bulls Business Community, where she serves as a mentor, as well as the Business Honors Program. Outside of academics, she is a part of USF's club rugby team and captain of her organizations intramural teams. Due to her Italian background and eight years of French, she plans to study languages while in college. Having completed a study abroad program in Florence, Italy, she plans to continue her educational travels with the ultimate goal of understanding business at both the national and international level.

Emily Capley

Emily Capley - Melbourne, FL
Emily Capley is an international business major with a concentration in finance. Capley was the co-captain of the women's varsity track team for her junior and senior year in high school. Capley was a part of the Business and Finance Academy for four years. Capley is part of the Bulls Business Network, Bulls Business Community, and the Bulls Honors Service Association. She plans to research the effects of societal trends on the overall global market.

Mark D'Angelo

Mark D'Angelo - Tampa, FL
Mark D'Angelo is a general business administration major with a concentration in marketing. D'Angelo is a member of the Bulls Business Community and he is interested in researching the difference in profit margin derived from advertisement in different media outlets. D'Angelo has also shown community service and leadership proficiency in heading all aspects of international service trips to Honduras along with several stateside trips.

Alexander Dudash

Alexander Dudash - Coral Springs, FL
Alexander Dudash is a general business major with a strong interest in double majoring in finance. He graduated with honors from high school and was a state champion and international participant for his high school DECA team. He plans on climbing the corporate ladder or owning his business after graduating from USF. He is interested in researching how improved technology can improve sales within a corporation.

Brandon Dusseau

Brandon Dusseau - Kissimmee, FL
Brandon Dusseau is a management information systems major and is pursuing a minor in marketing. He is actively involved in the Bulls Business Community and is the Secretary for the Business Honors Service Association. Dusseau graduated high school as top 25 and made the dean's list at Valencia College. He plans to study the effects of computers in the workplace and pursue a career in technology consulting.

Alexandra Florescu

Alexandra Florescu - Făgăraș, Romania
Alexandra Florescu is double majoring in management of information systems and finance and plans on researching information and data preservation. Originally from Făgăraș, Romania, she is a first-generation college student who speaks fluent Romanian, Italian, and English, as well as conversational French. She is currently the president of the Business Honors Service Association and an active member of the Honors College, the Business Honors Program, and the Bulls Business Community.

Ryan Heckel

Ryan Heckel - Tampa, FL
Ryan Heckel is a finance major seeking a minor in economics, and is interested in researching the effects of the stock market on the economy. While participating in the Bulls Business Community and Business Honors Program, he holds a part time job as an office assistant in the Dean's Suite of the Muma College of Business. He aspires to be a financial manager in the auto industry.

Bradley Johnson

Bradley Johnson - Saint Cloud, FL
Bradley Johnson is a marketing major with a minor in management information systems. He plans to do research on regional automobile production. Johnson graduated high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma and lettered in five sports, including soccer and water polo. He is proficient in Spanish, and is currently part of the Business Honors Program and the USF Honors College.

Konstantin Lazarevic

Konstantin Lazarevic - Tampa, FL
Konstantin Lazarevic is an international business major. He is the 2015 Business Honors Program cohort representative and is also involved in the Bulls Business Community and the Business Honors Service Association. Lazarevic is a first-generation college student who graduated high school with honors and played multiple varsity sports. He plans to study abroad at the Florence University of the Arts in the summer in order to get a better grasp on international business practices.

Jessica Leite

Jessica Leite - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jessica Leite is an international business major with a concentration in finance. Being of Brazilian and Polish descent, Leite speaks both Portuguese and Polish. She is interested in expanding her global knowledge by studying abroad in Europe and South America. She plans on being involved in student organizations such as GloBull Ambassadors and Bulls Business Community. Her passions include learning languages, meeting new people, and participating in school events. Her dream is to work in Zurich, Switzerland as part of the FIFA Finance Committee.

Kelsy Letko

Kelsy Letko - Pittstown, New Jersey
Kelsy Letko is double majoring in finance and marketing. She graduated high school with high honors and was the senior captain for gymnastics. She is on the Relay for Life Committee and is the Financial Chair for Her Campus. Letko plans to write her thesis on prestige and salary in the finance industry. She hopes to move to New York City after graduating to work for a prominent financial firm.

Andrew Pudas

Andrew Pudas - Brandon, FL
Andrew Pudas is an accounting major who hopes to add a second degree in finance. He is a member of the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program, the Business Honors Service Association, and the Accounting Society. He was a member of the National Honors Society in high school and plans to pursue a career as a certified public accountant. He plans to research auditing collusion and its impacts.

Thomas Pudas

Thomas Pudas - Brandon, FL
Thomas Pudas is a finance major who also plans on minoring in economics. At USF, he is a member of the Business Honors Program, the Bulls Business Community, and the Business Honors Service Association. Pudas is interested in researching the economic impacts of foreign aid to third world countries. He plans on studying abroad in Florence, Italy this summer to learn more about other world cultures.

Zachary Smith

Zachary Smith - Tampa, FL
Zachary Smith is a management major, who is involved in the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program, and the Business Honors Service Association. Smith plans to research social entrepreneurship. Smith gained valuable leadership experience as the captain of his varsity soccer team and as a swim instructor while in high school. He plans to apply for internships to prepare him for a career in management.

Garrett Solito

Garrett Solito - Palm Bay, FL
Garrett Solito is getting a dual degree in management and marketing. Solito is interested in the world of business brokering. He is a Tampa native but spent most of his life in South Carolina. Solito is a member of the Bulls Business Community and the Business Honors Program. He graduated high school with his AA degree and over 170 hours of community service.

Sarah Subko

Sarah Subko - Brandon, FL
Sarah Subko is pursuing a degress in advertising. Throughout her time at USF, she plans to research how to reach target audiences. She is a very involved student. Subko is a black belt in judo and a two time state champion in wrestling. She has also volunteered her time by teaching children self-defense, as well as spending her time at the Emergency Care and Health Organization.

Sergio Victores

Sergio Victores - Weston, FL
Sergio Victores is a finance major looking to minor in political science. He is currently the 2016 Vice President of the BHSA, a member of the Business Honors Program and the Bulls Business Community, and a brother of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. In high school he graduated with honors, lettered in varsity football, and was an international finalist in DECA. He plans to research how political ideology affects investment in his thesis.

2014 Cohort

Daniel Chapman

Daniel Chapman
Daniel Chapman is a finance major looking to minor in economics. Born and raised in Scotland, he moved to Florida in 2014. He is member of the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program, and Business Honors Service Association. He seeks to volunteer as well as focus on being a well-rounded student athlete for various teams within USF. He hopes to study abroad in Florence next summer and increase his business knowledge in a global setting.

Carol Anne Connolly

Carol Anne Connolly
Carol Anne Connolly is a marketing major and a theater minor. She is interested in researching how marketing within the fashion industry influences buyers in different countries and hopes to study abroad to research trends for her thesis. She hopes to one day work for a fashion or film company. She was a Relay for Life captain and is involved in the Women in Business Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Business Honors Service Association.

Austin Cruz

Austin Cruz
Austin Cruz is an accounting major from Tampa. He is a first-generation student who is a part of the Business Honors Program and the Business Honors Service Association. He has an overall GPA of 3.89 and a 4.0 accounting GPA. He has traveled abroad to Italy and visited many other countries in Europe in order to learn about their culture. He currently works for a forensic accounting firm and plans on pursuing audit in the near future.

Naomi Daniel

Naomi Daniel
Naomi Daniel is majoring in international business with a concentration in finance. Originally from Germany, she speaks fluent German and English. She is a first-generation student who graduated high school with honors and as a National Honor Society member. Daniel is an active participant in the International Student Association and Business Honors Service Association. She has studied abroad in Europe twice and aspires to become an executive for a European car company

Duane Driskell II

Duane Driskell II
Duane Driskell II is a finance major who graduated high school with honors. At USF, he is involved in the Business Honors Service Association, the Bulls Business Community, Student Finance Association, and Enactus. In the near future, Driskell's ambition is to become a stock analyst or financial investor. He plans to study six weeks in Florence, Italy, at the Florence University of the Arts.

Julia Krems

Julia Krems
Julia Krems is a double major in accounting and finance. She is in an accelerated three-year degree program as a Provost Scholar. Krems graduated ninth in her class with 33 hours of college credits. At the University of South Florida, she is involved in the Accounting Society, Business Service Honors Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Provost Event Committee. Krems plans to research how finance and accounting work together in business practices.

Amaya Morgan

Amaya Morgan
Amaya Morgan is a business finance major pursuing a minor in psychology. She is involved in the Business Honors Program, Bulls Business Community, Bulls Business Network, and Business Honors Student Association. She enjoys doing community service, and has been participating in outreaches for over 10 years, feeding and providing for the homeless. Morgan has a part-time job on campus as a mail clerk and a desk clerk. She is interested in studying abroad in Dubai, and plans to research the psychological effects of aging on finance.

Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez is a dual major in accounting and finance from Saratoga Springs, NY. He is a volunteer firefighter for the Wilton Fire Department. He plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy. Daniel is also a member of the National Honor Society and was nominated to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in summer 2013. He plans on applying for internships that will help him prepare for a career in finance/accounting.

Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez
Gabriel Rodriguez is a business finance major who plans on minoring in Astronomy. He is currently the Treasurer of the Business Honors Service Association. He was also the event coordinator for the BHSA Fundraiser "Helping Hands for Happy Paws" which, with the help of his team, raised about 1000Ibs of Dog food and $2500.00 for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. He is a member of the Student Finance Association and plans to research the financial success of managers with learning disabilities.

Andrea Soto

Andrea Soto
Andrea Soto is double majoring in management and marketing. She is involved in the Women in Business Society and is the Cohort 2014 Representative for the Business Honors Service Association. Soto is planning on graduating in three years through the Provost Scholars Program, and is part of that program's event and community service committees. She plans to pursue a career in real estate and intends to research real estate market trends.

Tristen Utterback

Tristen Utterback
Tristen Utterback is an international business major with a concentration in finance. She has a passion for French, which she continues to pursue throughout college. She is a member of Student Finance Association and the president of the Women in Business Society. She was recognized as the Muma College of Business 25 Under 25 honoree in 2016. Utterback plans to research the effect that foreign languages have on a person's academic success.

Garrett Walker

Garrett Walker
Garrett Walker is a double major in marketing and finance from Tampa. An Honors College Student, Walker is also a member of the American Marketing Association, Business Honors Program and Business Honors Service Association. He values philanthropy, communication, and ambition, and hopes to conduct a research project on the success of sports teams in America.

Nick Walterhouse

Nick Walterhouse
Nick Walterhouse is an international business major who hopes to add a second major of statistics. Walterhouse is a member of the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program, and the USF Fencing Club. He graduated high school as a member of the national, Spanish and Tri-M Music honor societies and was also an AP Scholar with Honor. He is interested in the study of foreign languages and plans to study abroad this summer to gain international business experience.
Tony Weiss is a finance major who plans to add a minor in entrepreneurship. As the treasurer of the debate team and a member of FBLA in High School, Weiss is confident in his skills as a future business professional.

Ashley White

Ashley White
Ashley White is an accounting major from New Port Richey with a minor in economics. She is a member of the Business Honors Service Association, the Civic Engagement Board, the Accounting Society, and Chi Omega Sorority. White is interested in researching accounting standards. She intends to attend graduate school after receiving her undergraduate degree and pursue a career as a certified public accountant.

Stefan Whiting

Stefan Whiting
Stefan Whiting is a business management major from Pembroke Pines. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity and the Mock Trial Club. This summer, Whiting hopes to study abroad in China to learn about the emerging Asian market and gain insight on the growing global business community. He intends to pursue and get his degree in corporate law after his undergraduate work at USF.

Jiaxin Zhang

Jiaxin Zhang
Jiaxin Zhang is a third year student pursuing a double major in both Accounting and Business Analytics & Information Systems. She emigrated from China to the United States in 2006. She plans to use her study abroad experience in Italy, India, and England to work for an international corporation and contribute as a global citizen. Zhang is currently the President of Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Vice President of Finance for Delta Delta Delta Sorority, and Miss USF of school year 2016-2017. She also started the USF Project Pengyou chapter to improve the engagement among the Chinese and American students. In the past, Zhang has worked as an INTO executive student leader, office assistant in ISDS Department, and various restaurant. She has done two internships during her time in college, one with Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative and the other with Raymond James Financial as an operational risk intern. Being the first in her extended family to go to college, Zhang is determined to empower the younger generation of underprivileged families to dream and turn dreams into reality.

2013 Cohort

Rita Chen

Rita Chen - Deltona, Fla.
Rita Chen is an international business major interested in Asian languages. Of Chinese descent, she is a first-generation student in America. Chen plans on applying her bilingual background to study and intern in China. She is involved in the Certified Student Leader Program, Chinese Culture and Language Club, Japanese Club, Korean American Student Association, and is the historian of Read-a-Bull book club.

Bethany Dawson

Bethany Dawson - Winter Haven, Fla.
Bethany Dawson is an Accounting major with a Management minor. She is the recipient of the Pamela Carnes Muma and Leslie M. Muma Scholarship, awarded to business students who are graduates of Winter Haven Senior High School. Bethany's recently completed thesis study researched levels of Financial Literacy of College Students and the differences among students majoring in Accounting and Finance. Bethany is a 2015 25 Under 25 Honoree, was awarded the KPMG Outstanding Committee Chair for her efforts as Fundraising Chair of Beta Alpha Psi, and was also awarded the Karen Farmer Mills Senior Award for outstanding service to her sorority, community, and university. Upon graduation in December of 2016, Bethany will be interning with a Big-4 Accounting firm in Tampa, FL (to be decided) and wishes to return to USF for the Masters in Accountancy Program.

Kaitlyn Franza

Kaitlyn Franza – Rockledge, Fla.
Kaitlyn Franza is a management information systems major and is highly involved on campus. She is the former president of BHSA and is the current 2013 cohort representative for the same organization. Not only that, but she is also a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi, a senator for the Muma College of Business and is the current Vice President of Rho Lambda, the National Sorority Leadership Recognition Society. For her thesis, she is researching the current protocols of systems that have been influenced by identity theft.

Gabriela Garcia

Gabriela Garcia – Cooper City, Fla.
Gabriela Garcia is an international business major. Garcia grew up in the Dominican Republic and moved to the east coast of Florida at the age of 17. She is passionate about languages: she speaks English and Spanish fluently and is learning French. She is currently a senator for her residence hall and works to improve her community. Garcia is interested in researching organizational justice within international businesses and plans on attending law school.

Erica Gloyd

Erica Gloyd - Tallahassee, Fla.
Erica Gloyd is a finance major from Tallahassee, FL. She is involved in the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program, and Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy, this summer to expand her knowledge of the global business community. Gloyd intends to attend law school after receiving her undergraduate degree and pursue a career in international business law.

David Locht

David Locht - Destin, Fla.
David Locht is an accounting major from Destin, Fla. A member of USF's Accounting Society and the ALPFA professional development organization, he also plays competitive golf statewide. Locht's interest in the game has influenced his decision to become a business professional, and it is a passion he will continue to follow throughout his career.

Chandler Miller

Chandler Miller - Land O Lakes, Fla.
Chandler Miller is an accounting major with a minor in economics. He is an Honors College student and the first generation in his family to attend college. He is also currently working as a cost-accounting intern at Coca-Cola Refreshments. Chandler is interested in studying the effects of accounting on successful small businesses for his thesis and has studied abroad in Florence, Italy for a six-week period.

Gabriel Patil

Gabriel Patil - York, Pa.
Gabe Patil is a marketing major planning to minor in statistics. He graduated high school as a National Honor Society member and was a state qualifier for diving. He worked as a swim instructor and lifeguard and enjoys volunteering and working with children. He plans to conduct his research project on crowd-management optimization strategies for theme parks.

Ashley Pierson

Ashley Pierson - Lakeland, Fla.
Ashley Pierson is an international business major with a focus in finance. Pierson is a member of the Honors College, the International Business Board, and the Business Honors Program. She graduated as the salutatorian of her high school in Lakeland, Fla., and is an AP Scholar with Honor. Interested in French, she plans to research the domestic economics and global commerce of developing francophone nations.

Ryan Price

Ryan Price - Lithia, Fla.
Ryan Price is from Lithia, Fla., and is a double major in marketing and management information systems. An Honors College Student, Price is also involved with Future Business Leaders of America, the American Marketing Association, Management Information Systems Society, and Reformed University Fellowship. He plans to research social media and its effects on small business.

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts – Edwardsville, Ill.
Nick Roberts is an international business major with a minor in Chinese. He is a member of the Chinese Culture and Language Club and intends to study abroad in China in the summer of 2014. Roberts is also a member of the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program, the Business Honors Service Association, and plans to join the International Business Board.

Samantha Sandlin

Samantha Sandlin - Williston, Fla.
Samantha Sandlin is an Accounting major from Williston, FL. She is writing her thesis on the Cash vs Accrual methods of accounting while working part time at the Muma College of Business Dean's Office. She has been accepted to the Master of Accountancy program at USF with a concentration in taxation, and is working towards earning her CPA certification.

Katelyn Sykes

Katelyn Sykes - Plant City, Fla.
Originally from Plant City, Katelyn Sykes is an advertising major and a member of the Honors College and the Business Honors Program. Sykes is a Publix employee and enjoys running and plans to participate in a 5k in the upcoming year. For her thesis, Sykes plans to research the effect of social media on the development of children and pre-teens.

Dakota Whaley

Dakota Whaley - Venice, Fla.
Dakota Whaley is pursuing a major in accounting and a minor in psychology. A first-generation college student, she joined several student organizations and held leadership roles in the Accounting Society, the Bulls Business Community, and the Business Honors Service Association. Whaley also held an accounting internship with Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, a tax internship with Crowe Horwath, and a human resources internship with Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment - Amalie Arena. With an affinity for travel, Whaley studied abroad in Florence, Italy to take on a new global perspective and learn more about international business. She plans to graduate in May 2017 and pursue a career in human resources.

Sera Yaroma

Sera Yaroma – Oviedo, Fla.
Sera Yaroma is a general business major. Yaroma is a member of the Bulls Business Community and Business Honors Program. She is part of the Circle K. International club and Future Business Leaders of America. Yaroma also steadily worked a part-time job in high school, which taught her real-world business skills.