Business Honors Program
Paola Arnaldes is a finance major from Caracas, Venezuela. In high school, she served as president of the Arts and Humanities Club, was a member of the Best International Delegation in Harvard Model United Nations 2019 and an advocate for children’s education in underprivileged areas. After college, she hopes to obtain a PhD in law and continue promoting equal opportunities for students in her country.
Sumair Handa Bakshi
Born in Botswana and raised in India, Sumair Bakshi is a global business and finance major who aims to work in the renewable energy industry – a family passion. At a young age, Bakshi founded an organization to help protect marine life and he has since started a widely acclaimed movement to clean the River Ganga in India, attracting the support of celebrities, world leaders, industrialists and thousands of volunteers.
James Franch is a business analytics and information systems major with a concentration in cybersecurity. In high school, he was member of the football team and was twice awarded academic all-conference. He plans to study abroad and get an internship during his time at USF. After graduation, Franch plans to pursue a career in cybersecurity.
Sho Ishizuka is a finance major from Tokyo. He is a member of the Business Honors Program, Bulls Business Community, Bulls Business Network, Judy Genshaft Honors College and the Innovation Scholars Career Exploration Program. Ishizuka is bilingual in Japanese and English and earned a black belt in karate in his freshman year of high school. After graduation, he hopes to work for a Big Four accounting firm and eventually start his own business.
Ahhyun Joh is a business analytics and information systems major, who is aims to double major in corporate finance. Joh is part of the Academic Engagement Committee and aspires to study in Shang Hai, China as an exchange student. She was the president and founder of Cultural Appreciation Organization in high school. She hopes to pursue management information systems/financial analytics for a large corporation and gain an MBA.
Abdul Muqeet Khawaja
Abdul Muqeet Khawaja is a double-major in business analytics and information systems and accounting from Lahore, Pakistan. He is in the USF Business Honors Program, the Judy Genshaft Honors College and Leadership Community. His strengths radiate from his ownership of Eco-Topia, a sustainable self-cleaning water bottle, management of an NGO striving to spread mental awareness under “The Depression Project”, and experiences in the field of journalism to liberate women from the shackles of patriarchy. He is an all-rounder aiming to dominate the financial sector, tomorrow.
Justin Kwitchoff is a finance major from Fairfax, Virginia. In high school, he co-founded the first hockey club in school history and captained the varsity baseball team. He is part of the Business Honors Program, the Judy Genshaft Honors College, and the Bulls Business Community. He hopes to explore the psychological aspect of investing and leverage his learning experiences to pursue a career in the financial services industry.
Owen Leckie is a finance major with the Bulls Business Community Program from Orlando. Leckie was a nationally ranked team captain for the congressional speech and debate team at Lake Highland Preparatory School. He is involved in the Business Honors Program and the Judy Genshaft Honors College. Separately, Leckie manages an investment portfolio which will be utilized for graduate school. He is also rushing for Sigma Phi Epsilon. After graduation, Leckie hopes to complete a master’s degree in finance or business administration.
Ivanna M. Lizardi is an accounting major from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Business Honors Program and Bulls Business Community. Lizardi graduated as class valedictorian and was extensively involved in student government. She is passionate about public speaking and service and after graduation, she aspires to gain a master’s degree and lead a company.
Julia Lokay is a business advertising major aspiring to double major in environmental science with a concentration in policy and sustainability. Lokay is a member of the Business Honors Program and the Zimmerman Advertising Program. Her success has led to positions working alongside business owners and advertising creatives. Lokay plans to study abroad and research sustainable business and advertising practices during her time at USF.
Jason Miller is a supply chain management major from Hudson, Ohio. He graduated high school as part of the National Honors Society and the Spanish National Honors Society. He is also part of both the Judy Genshaft Honors College and the Business Honors Program. Miller wishes to work in either the automotive or golf industry, as those are two of his passions.
Nikola Nasto is a business analytics and information systems major from Albania. Nasto is a bilingual math tutor and the marketing manager of the Bulls Business Community. He graduated high school with an associate’s degree and fast-tracked his path toward a J.D. degree. As a member of the Business Honors Program and the Honors College, he hopes to build a strong profile with internships and research experience.
Thomas O’Halloran is a business analytics major from Westerville, Ohio. He is in the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program and the Judy Genshaft Honors College. O’Halloran finished high school with a 4.4 GPA and in the top 8 percent of his class while playing both football and baseball. After completing his undergraduate degree, he is interested in joining a sports organization in the business department.
Saif Saeed is a finance major from Islamabad, Pakistan, who is a member of USF’s Bulls Business Community and the Green and Gold Investment Club. He has lived in eight different countries and hopes to enhance his international outlook by studying abroad. Saeed has a special interest in cryptocurrencies, real estate and entrepreneurship and hopes to be involved in his country’s booming real estate sector after graduation.
Jade Sharon is a marketing major from Miami, who is a member of the Bulls Business Community and Bulls Honors Program. She graduated from the Academy of Finance at Coral Reef Senior High and was involved in several clubs including: Future Business Leaders of America, National Business Honor Society and National Honor Society and she interned for the CUDA Credit Union. After graduation, she hopes to obtain a master’s degree in marketing.
Avery Stauffer is a marketing major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She graduated high school in the top 10 of her class where she served as captain of the varsity soccer team and member of the National Honors Society. After taking multiple introductory marketing classes, she was able to land her first internship in the spring of 2021. At USF, Stauffer is a member of the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program, and Judy Genshaft Honors College.
Josh Streitmatter is a pre-global business major from Sarasota. He is a part of the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program and the Judy Genshaft Honors Program. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class while getting his diploma from the International Baccalaureate Program. He also won a district championship for lacrosse while being a part of four honors societies. Streitmatter intends to attend law school and is looking forward to playing with the Bulls this upcoming lacrosse season.
Arlette Brito is a double-major in Marketing and Management from Tampa, Florida. Arlette is a first-generation American that graduated in the top 10% of her class as well as with an Associates in Arts Degree. Arlette is a member of the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program, and is a George W. Jenkins Scholar. Her history with and passion for student government has led her to pursue management.
Teju Calambakkam is a Business Advertising major with the Zimmerman Advertising Program from Lake Mary, Florida. Calambakkam was Editor-in-Chief of her high school’s award-winning yearbook. Her experiences helped her earn a marketing internship, which turned into her current part-time job. Separately, Calambakkam does graphic design work for a non-profit organization, Girls For Science. She is also involved with two choirs at USF. After graduation, Calambakkam hopes to complete a master’s degree at USF.
Aaditya Daga is a Finance major from Tampa, Florida. Daga graduated from the International Baccalaureate program in high school where he was also a member of the speech and debate team. In addition to his education, Daga is a cofounder of the BestFit Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking down socioeconomic barriers for high school students. After his undergraduate degree Daga hopes to return to school for his MBA and work for an investment firm.
Delaney Dean is an advertising major from Pensacola, Florida. She is a proud member of the Zimmerman Advertising Program and the Business Honors Program. In highschool, she interned through the Pensacola Children’s Chorus, and served as both the drama club president and varsity golf captain. Delaney is an advocate for Rally for Childhood Cancer, and strives to use knowledge learned from her major to spread awareness and raise funds.
Ashton DeMarse is a Finance major from Tampa, Florida. He is a member of the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program, and Judy Genshaft Honors College. He was Captain for an award-winning speech and debate team, during high school, as well as having received the Student of the Year Award from the National Speech and Debate Association Sunshine District. He is planning on working towards his MBA and PhD.
Madison Farrens is a Supply Chain Management major from Ormond Beach, Florida who is aiming to double major in Industrial Engineering. She is a part of the Judy Genshaft Honors College, Business Honors Program, Bulls Business Community, Bulls Business Network, and the Judy Genshaft Student Council. She is hoping to take part in Semester in Exeter Program, Intramural sports when they open again and one or more of the hundreds of research opportunities offered by USF. She hopes to gain a management position at a large international company to give her opportunities to travel while working.
Reaney Haskell is an Advertising major from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated from the Cambridge Program in high school where she founded and supervised the chess club. After her internship at a local digital advertising company, she found her passion in demographical and analytical advertising. Now, Haskell is a part of the Zimmerman Advertising Program (ZAP), Bulls Business Network (BBN), and the Business Honors Program (BHP) where she is pursuing her Master’s degree.
Lucas Hill is a Finance major from Saline, Michigan. Lucas is a part of the Bulls Business Community and the Business Honors Program. In high school he was a part of DECA as well as a volunteer at Food Gatherers. Lucas enjoys traveling and plans on studying abroad during his time at USF. After USF, Lucas hopes to move New York and work in financial services.
Sophia Hower plans to major in Global Business with a concentration in Business Analytics. In high school, Sophia was the cofounder of the Empowerment Club and was an active member of the Freeport Board of Directors. Sophia is involved in the Bulls Business Community and Business Honors Program at USF. She hopes to do research on the effects of the ever-changing economy in regard to refugee families.
Nathan Johnson is a first-year student from Worthington, Ohio. He is a finance major. When he was in high school, he competed in the state meet for Cross Country twice and was a three-year captain of the bowling team. During Johnson’s time at USF, he hopes to research things he is passionate about, including finding ways resources can be used more efficiently.
Jamee Kopnicky is a Business Advertising major from Daytona Beach, Florida. She is currently a member of the Zimmerman Advertising Program, The Bulls Business Network and The Business Honors Program. She’s had internships working alongside graphic designers as well as business managers which sparked her passion for creativity. After graduation, she plans to further her education in marketing and head to New York city to work as an advertising director for reputable fashion magazines.
Noah Levin is a Business Advertising major from Pembroke Pines, FL. Along with completing his studies in the Zimmerman Advertising Program, Noah wants to learn how to manage a business along with his fellow cohorts. He was one of 16 individuals to make it to the state level in a scholastic music competition. After college, Noah hopes to work in the business field before returning to school for his Doctorate.
Ishika Patel is a first-generation, Business Advertising major from Lake Worth, Florida. She started her first business 17 during a global pandemic and hopes to inspire others to take action in the face of adversity. Her continued interest in studying market trends and creative advertising in addition to her admiration for business leadership pushed her to pursue the Zimmerman Advertising Program. Currently, Ishika is also a member of the Business Honors Program and serves as the Senator for Hall Council. She hopes the benefits from the programs she is currently involved in will help her achieve her goal of being the chief-creative-officer of a successful company.
Anthony Porras is Finance major from Laurel, Maryland. He is a very driven and determined student and leader. Porras is a member of the Bulls Business Community and the Business Honors Program. Porras was the captain of his varsity basketball team throughout high school. He hopes to do research on the affect the sports and entertainment industry has on the economy. After completing his undergraduate degree, Porras plans on gaining work experience and traveling the world before he gets his master’s degree.
Pablo Puga is a marketing major from Miami, Florida. Throughout high school, Pablo was vice president of Key Club, captain of the varsity water polo team and founder of Teach Hope Spread Love, an organization focused on aiding the homeless communities of South Florida. Pablo hopes to use his leadership experience to allow him to eventually pursue his dream of being able to work for a nonprofit organization that has commendable values and eventually be the chief-executive-officer of a nonprofit organization.
Claire Rauh is a Marketing major student from Madrid, Spain. Claire is a member of USF’s Bulls Business Community, Judy Genshaft Honors College, and Business Honors Program. Claire has lived in China, Spain and the US and wants to continue growing in her international outlook by doing a year abroad while at USF. As an ambassador to Blue Missions, a water and sanitation initiative, she wants to contribute to underserved communities. She has a special interest in digital marketing, real estate and entrepreneurship. She hopes to start her career with a large multinational in the field of Marketing.
Yuki Shao is a first-generation Management major from Tampa, Florida. She is interested in minoring in finance and getting her master’s. Bilingual in Chinese and English, she wishes to study abroad to enhance her professional endeavors. Shao is part of the Genshaft Honors, Bulls Business Community and Business Honors Program at USF. Graduating high school as the environmental club president and National Honor Society officer, she wishes to consult sustainable businesses to become vastly more efficient and expand globally.
Ainsley Vermost is an Accounting major from Clearwater, Florida. She is a member of the Bulls Business Community, the Business Honors Program, and the Business Honors Service Association. She devoted over 300 hours to community service in high school and is currently working towards finding service opportunities in the Tampa area. Vermost plans to get her CPA and work for an accounting firm in the Tampa Bay area after graduation.
Leah Whitney is a Marketing major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Leah is a member of the Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program and Sigma Delta Tau sorority. Outside of her education, Leah is passionate about helping children with special needs and led camps where she taught kids with disabilities to play baseball and softball. After graduation, Leah plans to get her MBA and land a job in medical or pharmaceutical sales.
Jack Barrios is a Finance major from Miami Florida. In addition to his education he is passionate about serving the community. Barrios was the captain of his varsity golf team throughout his high school career. He hopes to do research on the effects of decreasing immigration rates on the economy. After completing his undergraduate degree Barrios plans on gaining work experience before returning to school for an MBA.
Olivia Blakley is a first-generation student and marketing major from St. Augustine, Florida. Olivia graduated valedictorian of her high school and is now a member of the Bull Business Network, Bulls Business Community, Business Honors Program, and Kappa Delta Sorority. Her success landed her a marketing internship at 16 that sparked an interest in the career field. She hopes the benefits from the programs she is currently involved in will help her achieve her goal of being the chief-marketing-officer of a successful company.
Rajeev Chachad is a finance major from Lakeland, Florida. Rajeev is a member of USF’s Bulls Business Community, Judy Genshaft Honors College, and Business Honors Program. Rajeev is affectionate about puppies and was once a volunteer at the SPCA. He plans to study abroad and get an internship during his time at USF. After graduation, Rajeev desires to receive a Master’s in Business Administration and work in a career related to financial services.
Sanal Gupta is a Finance major from Tampa, FL. Sanal graduated from the International Baccalaureate program in high school, where he was also part of the varsity tennis team. In university Sanal is part Bulls Business Community, Bulls Business Network, and the Business Honors Program. He is also involved in the Student Investment Club at USF and plans to research cryptocurrency. After university, Sanal plans to go into private equity or investment banking.
Derek Hines is a Business Advertising major, aiming for a minor in Mass Communications. He is apart of the Zimmerman Advertising Program, Bulls Business Community, and most recently a Mayor for Endeavor Hall Council. His history in student government coincides with a passion for service and helping the community around him. Hines hopes to follow the ‘Masters in 5’ path and get a job in professional sports advertising in Florida, Texas, or Pittsburgh.
Roshan Jayaraman is a Finance major from Tampa, Florida. With an interest in human decision-making, he hopes to research how habit-formation impacts consumer behavior. Jayaraman enjoys analytical tasks, and is a chess Candidate Master and a math enthusiast. He also placed 3rd in FBLA nationals for the team public speaking event “Emerging Business Issues”. Jayaraman plans on pursuing a concentration in asset management and becoming an investor.
Caleb Krassner is a Business Advertising major from Palm Coast, FL. He is a part of the Zimmerman Advertising Program, the Judy Genshaft Honors College, the Business Honors Program, and Mayor for Hall Council. Throughout high school, Caleb was president of National Honors Society, Interact Club, and Creative Writing Club. Caleb hopes to use his numerous leadership positions throughout high school and college as a stepping stone to a successful career in the advertising/marketing field. Upon graduation, he will use the resources and opportunities USF gave to him to hopefully work for a non-profit or company with admirable morals.
Kimberly Nakamura is a Global Business major with a concentration in Marketing. In addition to the Business Honors Program, she is an active member in the Japanese Language Club and the Women in Business Society. She is considering a minor in Japanese language, and plans to study abroad in Japan during the summer of 2020. After graduation, she hopes to find a career in international marketing that would allow her to travel.
Katelyn Payne is a Business Advertising major from Tampa, Fla. Payne was Editor-in-Chief of her high school’s newspaper and a student speaker at the Florida Scholastic Press Association state convention. Her love for journalism production and business leadership led her to the Zimmerman Advertising Program and the Business Honors Program. Payne intends to use the resources offered at USF to make a difference in her community and in the world of advertising.
Hannah Proctor is a marketing major from Collierville, TN. Hannah is very creative and loves to use her innovative thinking in her classes. She is a part of the Bulls Business Community and Business honors program and hopes to expand her learning experience by being apart of these communities. Hannah plans to study abroad in the summer and aspires to work for a company that promotes ocean conservancy or a creative environment like Disney.
Marina Roberts is a management major from Tampa, Florida. Roberts was an active member of the sports marketing program in her high school. She competed at the international level in DECA while holding the position of VP of Competition in her chapter due to her recognition at the state level for her test and role-play performance. Upon graduation, Roberts hopes to further her education in the Vinik Sports and Entertainment Management program.
Gary Ruderman is a third year Business Management major and History minor from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a leader, Ruderman has past experience volunteering as a lead mentor in USF's Business LLC and recently joining the Legislative Internship Program. Ruderman also loves to travel, having been to twenty countries, and he plans to become a Fulbright Scholar after graduating from USF in Spring of 2022. Ruderman plans on attending law school with eventual plans to be a trial attorney.
Andrew Skidmore is a first-year student pursuing a degree in finance. Andrew is a member of the Bulls Business Community and Business Honors Program; Andrew is also looking to start a boxing club at USF and is applying to be on the volunteer dive and rescue team for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. In high school, Andrew played varsity football, varsity soccer, and co-founded the school’s Ping Pong Club. After graduation, Andrew plans on pursuing an MBA at USF.
Zachary Slezak is currently a Business Analytics and Information Science major aspiring to minor in Entrepreneurship. In addition to the Business Honors Program, he is also a member of the USF Honors College, Phi Chi Theta Professional Fraternity, and USF Ice Hockey Team. Slezak intends to focus research on the art of person to person interaction and how it affects the processes within the business world.
Hunter Barton is an accounting major from Pittsburgh, PA. Hunter is passionate about sports and helping others. He regularly participates in intramural sports and is a member of USF’s Honors College in addition to the Business Honors Program. Hunter has an interest in Spanish culture and hopes to speak Spanish fluently. After completing his undergraduate, Hunter will go to graduate school to receive his master’s in Accountancy and become a CPA, which will help him achieve his goal of working at a major accounting firm.
Emily Bendert is a Finance major from Tampa, Florida. Along with being part of the Business Honors Program, Bendert is also a member of the Bulls Business Community, Bulls Business Network and the Honors College. In addition to her studies, Emily is an active volunteer at her church teaching second grade aged children. Upon graduation, she plans to further her education by obtaining a master’s degree and hopes to one day work for one of the Big Four accounting firms.
Stephen Ellingson is a first-year Advertising major. After becoming valedictorian of his high school, Ellingson became part of the Zimmerman Advertising Program as well as the Business Honors Program and hopes to use these organizations to drive his education. Ellingson has benefited his community by using 12 years of musical repertoire to perform piano around North Dakota. He hopes to gain a senior advertising position at a large international company.
Manuel Fernandez is a Global Business major with a concentration in Business Analytics. Fernandez is fluent in Mandarin and is now pursuing Korean. With an interest in politics, Fernandez is working on his undergraduate research project pertaining to the misrepresentation of Hispanics in the U.S. Fernandez is active in many USF organizations including the Student Government Leaders Program and Chinese Club. He plans to study abroad in China this summer and aspires to be a political ambassador for the United States.
Philip Kinder is a first-generation USF college student from Ponte Vedra, Florida. Kinder has been learning Chinese for over five years, which he plans to use in junction with his major in Global Business. He hopes to someday work internationally within the field of foreign translations (and possibly with the UN). For now, Kinder is working at USF World through the Confucius Institute, as a Chinese assistant and tutor.
Madison Markel is a Global Business major looking to minor in Management. Markel is fluent in Spanish and intends to learn French as well. She plans on starting an internship in 2019 at the company Optum, Inc. which offers healthcare services. Pursuing her passion for debate and politics, Markel has debated in three regional debate conventions, winning two best speaker gavels for her speeches on economic policy. Markel’s long-term aspiration is to travel globally for work, while managing the finances of an international company.
Cameron Meiron is studying Marketing with a focus in Sales. Meiron graduated high school with his AA degree and plans to obtain his Masters. Meiron hopes to seek a job in medical sales after graduation. He will take advantage of all the prestigious opportunities given to him through the business honors program along with the Bulls Business Community and the Marketing Sales Club.
Rylee Schroder is from Jacksonville, Florida and is a first-year USF student majoring in Accounting. Schroder is currently a member of the Bulls Business Community, Bulls Business Network, and Business Honors Program. Schroder has traveled to many countries and has a passion for different cultures. Schroder hopes to combine her love of human diversity with accounting by working at an international accounting firm.