Twenty-eight alumni panelists and over 900 students connected at the 4th Careerfest, held in the UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) earlier this month.

The event is held every semester. Alumni are broken into panels by topic and share their experiences of the “real world,” and advice on how to navigate it successfully.

“I’m incredibly pleased with the momentum that this event is gaining.  Our students are receiving invaluable insight into many areas of business, and it’s all possible thanks to the generosity of our alumni,” said Erin Oglethorpe, ’08, assistant director of alumni relations and the event coordinator.

“With more than double the student attendance from last semester, this event continues to greatly impact more and more students.”

For more information or to inquire about participating in the next Careerfest, contact [email protected].

Alumni panels included:

Accounting: Career Path Possibilities

  • Moderator: Gregory Trompeter, Ph.D., Director, Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Jennifer Bolin, ’13, Assurance Services, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
  • Donna Eargle, ’98, Director of Human Resources, Moore Stephens Lovelace CPA’s & Advisors
  • Joseph Mera, ’03, Associate Director of Finance, The UCF Foundation, Inc.
  • Marketing & Sales: Distinguish Yourself from the Competition

  • Moderator: Carolyn Massiah, Ph.D., Lecturer of Marketing, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Katrina de Leon, ’05, Director of Marketing, ProductionHUB
  • Matthew K. Williamson, ’10, Commercial Producer, LRA Insurance
  • Jeff Douglass, ’02, Founder, Producer & DJ, Cybis
  • Integrated Business & Entrepreneurship: Connecting the Dots

  • Moderator: Jim Gilkeson, Ph.D., Director of Integrated Business Degree Program and Associate Professor of Finance, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Josh Barad, ’09, CEO & Founder, In the Middle Seat
  • Bill Peppler, ’96, Managing Partner, Kavaliro
  • Roy Reid, ’88, APR, CPRC, Executive Director of Communications, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Joshua Strzalko, ’02, Founder, Eleet Technologies
  • Networking for Success: Secrets of Master Networkers

  • Moderator: Dean Caravelis, ’02, ’03, Principal & Chief Marketing Officer, Blezoo Promotional Products
  • Amy Janzter, ’04, Sr. Vice President, Echo Interaction Group
  • Matt Miller, ’07, Director of Business Development, ViewPost
  • Jennifer Osgood, ’01, Global Account Manager, Cintas
  • Finance & Real Estate: Business & The Economy

  • Moderator: Paul Gregg, Assistant Chair, Finance Executive in Residence, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Drew Belani, ’05, Real Estate Agent & Agent Leadership Council Member, The Belani Group-Keller Williams Realty
  • Jason Greene, ’00, Owner and Managing Director, Smartwealth, LLC
  • Chris Hosko, ’06, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
  • Joseph Regenstein IV, CFP®, ’03, Sr. Financial Analyst, Verizon
  • Management & Human Resources: Trends for the Future

  • Moderator: Lauryn De George, Ph.D., ’14, Associate Instructor of Management, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Yvonne Baker, ’81, Senior Director, Office Leasing Services
  • Laurette Koellner, ’77, Corporate Board Member, Papa John’s International, The Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company, Nucor International, and Celestica, Inc.
  • Sherri Walls, ’80, ’88, President & Corporate HR Manager, Comprehensive HR Solutions, Inc., EnRep, Inc.
  • Women in Business: Tips for Success

  • Moderator: Kelly Dowling, ’09, Senior Director, Development, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Angela Cohen, ’98, President, Cyon
  • Jeannette Parsch, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, Siemens Corporation
  • Anne Spencer, ’03, Director, Office & Healthcare Brokerage Services, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Mock Interviews: Practice Makes Perfect

  • Moderator: Jessica Greene, University Relations and Public Affairs Coordinator, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Keri Kozlowski, ’96, ’97, Chief Culture Officer/Founder, Lead, Learn, Listen, LLC
  • David Oglethorpe, ’13, Communication Coordinator, UCF Office of Student Involvement
  • Roy Reid, ’88, APR, CPRC, Executive Director of Communications, UCF College of Business Administration
  • Matthew Williamson, ’10, Commercial Producer, LRA Insurance