The University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Business Administration will host its 16th Annual Business Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 as part of the 2015 UCF College of Business Alumni Weekend.

An expected 500 attendees comprised of College of Business Administration alumni, corporate partners, and friends of the nation’s second-largest university will gather from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate in style with a V.I.P. Cocktail Party and Red Carpet Reception followed by the Business Hall of Fame Banquet and awards ceremony. This “Hollywood” themed soiree, complete with the famous hills, paparazzi and Walk of Fame, will honor our most distinguished alumni and partners. This year’s awardees are:

UCF Business Hall of Fame Inductees

UCF Business alumni who have demonstrated exceptional professional successes in their fields. This highest honor given by the college to business graduates is awarded to those who have been in the industry for at least 20 years and have brought notoriety to the university through their professional achievements.

  • Therese Gearhart, ’85 – President, Southern Africa Business Unit, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Mitch Less, ’86 – Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
  • John Schmid, ’92 – President, Schmid Construction
  • Partnership Awards

    Organizations that have initiated a successful partnerships with, or on behalf of, the UCF College of Business Administration, resulting in the advancement of the college’s academic offerings or public outreach. These organizations embody the spirit of collaboration and are recognized for their initiative, leadership and involvement in the betterment of business education.

  • BB&T
  • TJNG Partners, Jennifer Kennedy & Ashleigh Pfluger
  • Entrepreneurial Alumni Awards

    UCF Business alumni from any discipline who exemplify commitment, vision, calculated risk-taking, and growth potential. In their professional careers, these alumni demonstrate perseverance in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles.

  • Dean Caravelis, ’02, ‘03 – Founder/CMO, Blezoo Promotional Products
  • Vito Scutero, ’92 – CEO, TekPartners & MedPartners
  • Notable Knight Awards

    UCF Business alumni who have displayed promise and excellence early in their respective career paths.

  • Jason Feig, ’02 – Corporate Controller, Elliott Management Corporation
  • Cristina Calvet-Harrold, ’01, ’03 – Principal, CCH marketing + public relations
  • Alex Gramatikas, ’12 – Founder, ALTR
  • Brian Iversen, ’04 – CEO, AG Global LLC/AG Global Canada, L.P.
  • Individual event tickets are $60/person or guests may purchase a table of 10 for $850 which includes 10 passes to the V.I.P. Cocktail Party. Discounted hotel rooms of $99/night are available for our guests at Rosen Shingle Creek, valid Thursday, Feb. 26 through Saturday, Feb. 28. For reservations, please call 866.996.6338 and mention you are with the UCF Business Alumni Weekend.

    Join us on the links the following morning on Friday, Feb. 27, for the 17th Annual Business Alumni Endowed Scholarship Golf Tournament hosted by the UCF College of Business Administration Alumni Chapter. Participants will enjoy a friendly round of golf followed by an awards luncheon. Individual player registration is $150 or foursomes are available for $550 and include a hole sponsorship. Breakfast and lunch included. All proceeds support business student scholarships and business alumni initiatives.

    For more information regarding the UCF College of Business Alumni Weekend, visit or email

    Established in 1968, the UCF College of Business Administration offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and executive levels. All programs, as well as the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.