Business Honors Program

Students

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 a marketing major and the recipient of the four-year Pamela Carnes Muma and Leslie M. Muma Scholarship, awarded to business students who are graduates of Winter Haven Senior High School. In 2013, Dawson placed first at the high school state DECA competition in food marketing and advanced to the national competition. Dawson currently works at Publix Supermarkets and plans to research the effects of innovative marketing in social media. Dawson also plans to study business abroad in Florence, Italy, this summer. 

Kaitlyn Franza

Kaitlyn Franza – Rockledge, Fla.
Kaitlyn Franza is a dual major in marketing and management information systems from Rockledge, Fla. She is certified in Photoshop CS5 and CS6. Franza is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and the American Marketing Association and volunteers with the American Cancer Society event Relay for Life. She hopes to study abroad this summer to observe how different cultures affect business.

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.

Tatiana Garcia

Tatiana Garcia – Miami, Fla.
Tatiana Garcia is a double major in management and marketing. She graduated with honors from College Academy High School in Davie, Fla., also earning her associate degree. She is treasurer for Dance Marathon at USF and a member of the Mock Trial Club. This summer Garcia plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy. She intends to pursue a career as a corporate lawyer.

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 a marketing major considering a minor in management. He is an Honors College student and is the first generation in his family to attend college. He was a student employee in the Pasco County School Board's Purchasing Department throughout high school. Miller is interested in researching the effects of advertising on small businesses and is considering study abroad opportunities in the United Kingdom.

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 a general business major from Williston. She graduated high school third in her class with 36 college credit hours. Her high school participation in the National Future Farmers of America organization led her to pursue a career in the agriculture industry. She plans on doing research in the field of agriculture.

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 double major in finance and accounting. A first-generation college student, she plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy, this summer to expand her global perspective. Whaley is active in the Business Honors Service Association, the Women in Business Society, and the USF Accounting Society. Whaley also holds a part-time job on campus as a desk clerk.

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.

Cohort 2012

Joseph Adam

Joseph Adam – Accounting & Management
Joseph Adam is a double major in accounting and management. Adam has an IB diploma and experience working at a financial brokerage house, a corporate law firm, and a coffee farm. Adam, who is from Kingston, Jamaica, has been on the Dean's List since he began at USF and is involved with numerous organizations while volunteering as a Lead Mentor in the Bulls Business Community.

Ifechi Akaniru

Ifechi Akaniru - Economics & Finance
Akaniru is an Economics and Finance major. She graduated from high school in the top 5 percent as a National Achievement Scholar. Akaniru is a first-generation American born to a Nigerian family. She is the Community Service Chair for the Bulls Business Community. Inspired by her autistic sister, she is the Marketing Chair for Autism Speaks U at USF and plans to research the economic impact of autism in the United States.

James Cooper

James Cooper – Finance
James Cooper is a finance major. He was born in Essex, England, but now resides in Windermere. He looks forward to getting involved in volunteer opportunities around USF with the Center for Student Involvement. He plans to apply the knowledge he gains at USF to work in the insurance sector.


Bianca Echtler

Bianca Echtler – Accounting & Finance
Bianca Echtler is a double major in accounting and finance. Originally from Germany, Echtler hopes to study abroad and apply her bilingual background. She is a member of the Student Finance Association, Accounting Society, and the GloBull Ambassador program. Echtler also helps transitioning first year students as a Network Leader for the Working Out and Wellness Network. She enjoys traveling, volleyball, tennis, and volunteering through USF Noble Guides.

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman – Economics & General Business
Michael Friedman is a double major in economics and general business. He is also a member of the Honors College from Orlando. He is an active participant in USF Club Tennis and plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy. He hopes to continue his volunteer work at USF with Relay for Life and obtain a position on the Honors College Student Council. Friedman intends to pursue a career in corporate law.

David Funk

David Funk – Accounting
David Funk is an accounting major who plans to graduate with his CPA. He is an active member of the Accounting Society and Cornerstone Christian Church. Funk played varsity soccer his junior and senior year of high school in St. Cloud and is pursuing the sport at USF as well. Funk plans to explore how economic recessions influence social behavior in his thesis.

Francis Gelormini

Francis Gelormini - Accounting
Francis Gelormini is currently majoring in accounting and pursuing a minor in management. He is a first-generation student that has been on the Dean's List each semester. He involvement at USF includes Bulls Service Breaks Site Researcher, Bulls Business Community Mentor, GloBull Ambassador, Business Honors and Honors College student. His thesis will focus on leadership and organizational development.

Marcos Gonzalez

Marcos Gonzalez - Economics
Marcos Gonzalez is an economics major from Immokalee. He is a first-generation student at USF and plans to graduate in three years with the help of the Provost Scholars Program. He is also a member of the College Migrant Assistance Program. In his spare time, he volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa, Habitat for Humanity, and Project Downtown. Gonzalez plans to research and analyze recent trends in the energy industries carbon auditing reports for his thesis.

John Lindsey

John Lindsey - Accounting
John Lindsey is a Provost Scholar and is active in the Business Honors Program and Honors College. Lindsey's goals are to pursue a MAcc and become a certified public accountant. In the summer of 2013, Lindsey studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Lindsey is President of Serve for Children and a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, Delta Epsilon Iota, Golden Key, Phi Sigma Theta, and the Accounting Society. He plans to conduct research involving information systems and today's economy.

Michael Malanga

Michael Malanga – Economics
Michael Malanga is an actively involved Business Honors student. In addition to being a member of the Honors Program, Malanga is a Provost Scholar and a recipient of several College of Business scholarships. Currently, he is serving as a Lead Mentor in the Bulls Business Community where he lives and as an admissions guide for incoming students. In the upcoming year Malanga will begin his research regarding consumer behavioral patterns.

Michael Maurer

Michael Maurer – Management
Michael Maurer is a Management major who has lived in Switzerland and Puerto Rico. He graduated high school as Salutatorian and Student of The Year. He is a freelance photographer and a member of the USF Advertising Club, The Focus Group, and a GloBull Ambassador. He plans to research how social media has played a key role in developing the electronic dance music scene into a commercially known movement.

Karina Montenegro

Karina Montenegro - Marketing
Karina Montenegro is a marketing major with a minor in international business. Upon graduation, she will continue with a master's degree in marketing. She is actively involved in the American Marketing Association, intramural volleyball, and intends on joining Future Business Leaders of America. In high school in Miami Lakes, Karina graduated summa cum laude, received the Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, and was a DECA member. She will explore Internet marketing and its effects on today's society for her thesis.

Derek Ober

Derek Ober – Economics, Finance, & Political Science
Ober is a triple major in economics, finance, and political science. He graduated from high school in Bradenton with high honors and as a state qualifier in swimming and is continuing his sport at USF. He is member of the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program, and Honors College. Ober holds a leadership position in various student organizations on campus, including Chief Financial Officer for the MIS Society. He hopes to complete an internship in India. Ober plans on attending law school upon graduation.

Natasha Phifer

Natasha Phifer – Accounting & Management
Natasha Phifer is double major in accounting and management. Phifer is a member of the USF Accounting Society, a student organization affiliated with the School of Accountancy. She plans to focus her thesis research on data modeling for accounting systems.


Dominique Rocco

Dominique Rocco - Marketing
Rocco is marketing major. She will explore search engine optimization (SEO) for her thesis. She is actively involved in the Bulls Business Community (BBC), Business Honors Program (BHP), GloBull Ambassadors and Noble Guides. Rocco has studied abroad in Italy and completed an internship at Quenzel & Associates – a marketing firm in Ft. Myers, FL.

Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor – Accounting & Finance
Ashley Taylor is a double major in accounting and finance. Taylor, who is from Lutz, originally decided to be an accountant at the young age of 10. She is actively involved in the Honors College, USF Accounting Society, and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Taylor's membership in Model United Nations instilled in her a desire to work and study abroad.

Shelby Thomas

Shelby Thomas – International Business
Shelby Thomas is a first-generation sophomore and an International Business/International Studies major with a minor in M.I.S. and a Japanese language concentration in Japanese. She came to USF with her Associate of Arts received prior to her high school graduation. She has studied abroad in Florence, Italy as well as in Wales on the U.K. Summer Fulbright Institute national fellowship program. Thomas' thesis will examine the relationship between American and Japanese markets.

Alexander Ulrich

Alexander Ulrich - Accounting & Management Information Systems
Alexander Ulrich is a double major in accounting and management information systems from Daytona Beach. He is involved in the Honors College, Research Scholars Program, Tennis Club, MIS Society, and Phi Beta Lambda. He was his high school's salutatorian and a two-time Florida All State Musician. Ulrich was a recipient of the Daytona Beach News Journal 2012 Medallion of Excellence Award, the USF Directors Award, and the USF History of Achievement Award.

Cohort 2011

Mary Babcock

Mary Babcock - Accounting
Mary Babcock is studying accounting and Spanish. She has a passion for serving others, which inspired her to travel to Guatemala to teach English in an impoverished village. She studied abroad in Slovakia with the Business Honors Program. Her many accolades include the prestigious Golden Bull Award, and recognition as one of the College of Business 25 Under 25.

Angela Carmona

Angela Carmona - International Business
Angela Carmona is majoring in international business with a minor in marketing. A first-generation college student from LaBelle, Fla., Carmona is involved in the Korean American Student Association, Corporate Mentor Program, and Honors College Orchestra. Coming from a small, close-knit community, she aims to travel the world and participated in a study abroad program in Slovakia, where she studied transitional economies and the fundamentals of international business.

Jessica Farr

Jessica Farr - Accounting
Jessica Farr is an accounting major whose interest in business sparked at age 16, when she took business courses at Stanford University. Farr spent the past two summers studying in Italy and working as an intern in Prague for Ernst and Young. Farr's leadership roles include: Honors Student Council co-chair, Bulls Business Community social chair and mentor, and peer facilitator for the Honors Leadership and Success Seminar. She plans to research technology in the business world.

Jasmine Grey - Marketing
Jasmine Grey is a marketing major at USF from Crystal River, Fla. She is a Bulls Business Community resident and mentor. Also an amateur athlete, Grey plays intramural volleyball at USF and coached her own amateur athletic union team last spring. She recently returned from studying international business abroad in Florence, Italy. She plans to continue her education by receiving a master's degree from USF.

Michelle Harmon

Michelle Harmon - Accounting
Raised by blind parents in Stuart, Fla., Michelle Harmon says her background set her standards high and gave her great attention to detail and a proactive personality. She is an accounting major and maintains strong involvement in numerous student organizations. She is also a member of the Bulls Business Community, Rock Climbing Club, Corporate Mentor Program, and she also works part time for Aramark. Harmon is determined to incorporate her passion for travel with her career, and she recently completed a study abroad program in Slovakia and Vienna.

Iqra Huzzatun

Iqra Huzzatun - Accounting
Huzzatun Iqra is an accounting major and a leadership studies minor. Graduating high school as the valedictorian, Iqra now serves as a USF Ambassador, president of the International Student Association, vice president of FBLA-PBL, and a resident assistant for the Bulls Business Community. After working as an intern with Deloitte this past summer, Iqra plans to research on the effects of various leadership styles on top level management in the accounting sector.

Joseph Nestor

Joseph Nestor - General Business
Joseph Nestor, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland, is a general business major concentrating in finance and management information systems. Nestor is a resident assistant for USF Housing and works in the fiscal department in the College of Business. Nestor's thesis will focus on how ethics in banking and real estate impact the economy of a country, inspired by the Irish economic crisis.

Natalie Pearson

Natalie Pearson - Finance
Pearson is a finance major with minors in Spanish and leadership studies. She is the financial vice president and founding sister of the Eta Eta Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority and the co-director for finance and outreach of USF's alternative break program, Bulls Service Breaks. She is also a USF Ambassador. For her thesis, Pearson followed her passion for giving back by examining planned giving in the younger generations.

Cohort 2010

Julio Novo

Julio Novo - Finance '14
Novo is a finance major from Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He graduated high school with an associate's degree. He recently completed an internship at T. Rowe Price and is currently on a semester study abroad program in Europe. He is a co-founder of Noble Guides, a student volunteer non-profit organization. In 2012, Julio was recognized as one of USF's 25 Under 25 business students. His research project will focus on best practices in global sustainable enterprises and social entrepreneurship.