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Distinguished UCF Business Alumni, Partners to be Honored at 22nd Annual Hall of Fame

The UCF College of Business will host a Field of Dreams-themed, 22nd annual Hall of Fame gala Thursday, April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Rosen Shingle Creek. More than 600 College of Business alumni, faculty, students, corporate partners, and friends of UCF are expected to attend this signature annual event that honors the college’s most distinguished alumni and partners. In 2022, guests will be transported to the Field of Dreams to celebrate UCF’s legacy of encouraging students to dream big and build their own future. The networking event of the year will feature inspiration from the classic Kevin Costner movie complete with a cornfield and Cracker Jacks. It will begin with a cocktail party, followed by an interactive ceremony.

2022 UCF Business Hall of Fame Inductees

The UCF College of Business Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional professional success in their field. This is the highest honor given to business graduates. It is typically awarded to those who have been in the industry for 15-20 years and have brought recognition to the university through their professional achievements.

Glenn A. Dial ’88 is a  senior retirement strategist of American Century Investments and former head of the U.S. Retirement Business at Allianz Global Investors. Prior to that, he was a national sales manager of the DCIO Business at JPMorgan Asset Management. He holds two patents as the co-inventor of the “method and system for evaluating target-date funds.” A nationally known speaker in the retirement plan industry, he is one of the Most Influential People in the 401k industry, according to the 401kWire.com. Dial is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Business and was a keynote speaker at one of UCF’s graduation ceremonies in December. He has a bachelor’s in finance from UCF and an MBA from Rollins College.

Inez Long ’98MBA is president/chief executive officer of Black Business Investment Fund (BBIF) and has 35 years of combined experience in the financial services industry. BBIF is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that focuses on providing capital to Black, minority and underserved small businesses. This year marks Long’s 30th year of service to BBIF; Under her leadership the organization has provided more than $70 million in loans to more than 400 businesses, impacting over 14,500 jobs. In 2020, she was the first Black woman to be awarded the Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Finance —  the CDFI industry’s highest honor. Long serves on the national boards of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs, Expanding Black Business Credit and the National Community Advisory Board for Fifth Third Bank. She has an MBA from UCF and a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of South Florida.

Barry Miller ’95 is a co-founder, board member and president of Voloridge Investment Management, a $9 billion hedge fund firm in Jupiter, Florida. He is responsible for overseeing all operational areas of the firm and strategic planning. Prior to Voloridge, he served as CEO of LASAS Technologies, a finance and insurance company he co-founded in 1998. This company controlled about 10% of all U.S. sales within its applicable market and in 2009 was sold to Golden Gate Capital, a $12 billion private equity group. His background includes financial analysis, capital raising, financial markets, actuarial experience, software development, as well as in-depth company infrastructure formation. He remains involved with his alma mater speaking to business students in The EXCHANGE and through participation on different committees and workgroups. Beyond UCF, Miller is actively involved in community outreach directly and through his company’s philanthropic pursuits. He graduated with honors from UCF with a bachelor’s in finance.

Partnership Awards

The Partnership Awards recognize organizations that have initiated a successful partnership with, or on behalf of, the UCF College of Business, resulting in the achievement 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.

State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its 19,300 agents and nearly 55,000 employees serve about 86 million policies and accounts, which include auto, fire, life, health, commercial policies and financial services accounts. The longtime partner is highly visible and active in the college from supporting the national champion Professional Sales Program and hiring and mentoring student to helping students learn how to better manage their money, invest in their futures, and set themselves up for success.

Enterprise Holdings operates — through an integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises — the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as more than 10,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 90 countries. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world, as measured by revenue and fleet. Enterprise Holdings and its leaders speak frequently in the college and support The Invitational, the business school’s career and internship fair. Adam Streem ’05, group rental manager, is a member of the Department of Integrated Business’ Advisory Board. Enterprise Holdings also sponsors the Integrated Business Case Competition, which provides scholarships to 15 students each year.

Legendary Knight Award

The Legendary Knight Award recognizes outstanding contributions that will transform teaching, research and learning through extraordinary philanthropy and commitment to the College of Business. This award is open to the entire College of Business community, including alumni, friends, and corporate and foundation partners.

Richard Lapchick, Endowed Chair and founding director of the DeVos Sport Business Management, recently stepped down from his role as director of the program 20 years after establishing the program that brought national and global recognition to UCF and the College of Business. SportBusiness International has named the DeVos program as one of the top 10 graduate level degree sport business programs in the world, and over the years, the program was recognized as one of the top five in America by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine and Forbes magazine. Lapchick, a prominent human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality and internationally recognized expert on sports issues, was named the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year by the Muhammad Ali Center.

Entrepreneurial Alumni Awards

The Entrepreneurial Alumni Awards honor UCF business alumni from any discipline who exemplify commitment, vision, calculated risk-taking and growth potential. In their professional career, this person demonstrates perseverance in the face of adversity and overcomes obstacles.

Kaleb Harrell ’04 is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Hawkers Asian Street Food, a restaurant concept serving authentic Asian street food in an experience-driven environment, with a focus on small, shared plates. Headquartered in Orlando, Harrell currently oversees 12 restaurant locations spanning six states. The Central Florida native graduated from UCF with a bachelor’s in finance and a passion for marketing.

Matt Immerfall ’06 is CEO of All Star Auto Lights, a specialty distributor of alternative automotive lighting parts and a portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital with 11 locations from California to Florida. He joined his father’s business by opening the company’s Florida location in 2009. Immerfall serves as a board member on the National Autobody Council and A House on Beekman, a nonprofit that helps close opportunity gaps for children in the South Bronx, New York. He also sits on the advisory board for Nations of Coaches, an NCAA basketball focused nonprofit. He earned his bachelor’s in business from UCF and his MBA from the University of Florida.

Lee Odess ’99 is general manager of New Market Development for Latch following the recent acquisition of his firm Group337. He is a recognized leader in the physical and digital security industry with nearly 20 years of experience driving sales growth, product innovation and geographic expansion for leading companies in the smart access and security space. Prior to Latch, he was the founder and CEO of Group337, a leading consulting and content firm specializing in the security, access control and Internet of Things space. He earned a bachelor’s degree in general business at UCF.

Honorable Knight Awards

The Honorable Knight Awards recognize alumni with more than 10 years of experience who have displayed excellence in their respective career paths.

Roslyn Antoniazzi ’08 is a director in Product Management for BNY Mellon Clearance and Collateral Management (CCM), where she heads a comprehensive and multi-channel digital strategy for an intuitive, client-focused interface and experience for CCM products and services. She joined BNY Mellon in 2008 and prior to joining the Product team held multiple roles in BNY Mellon Technology, driving several initiatives enabling client centric collaboration across BNY Mellon’s businesses globally. She serves on the UCF College of Business Alumni Board. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from UCF and an MBA from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Jermon Bafaty ’01 is the founder and CEO of Platinum Technologies (PT78), a digital and IT professional services firm which implements integrated mission solutions for national security, defense and public sector organizations. Prior to founding PT78, Bafaty was a White House Fellow and senior adviser at the Department of Energy. He also served as the adviser to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Energy Security and Multilateral Agreements. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UCF and a master’s in management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Steve Curley ’07MBA is an experienced executive in the investment management/private wealth management profession. Most recently, he served as chief investment officer and Principal at WaterOak Advisors, a fee-only private wealth management firm headquartered in Winter Park, Florida, where he helped lead the firm to a successful exit to Eaton Vance in 2020. He holds the CFP designation and is a CFA charter holder. He has served on the board of CFA Society Orlando since 2016 and is founder/host of the Investors First Podcast. He was recognized nationally by Investment News (2020) and locally by Orlando Business Journal (2019) as part of their Top 40 Under 40 Awards. Curley and his family endowed a scholarship at UCF in 2016 in honor of his late grandmother. He stays involved with his alma mater and is a member of the UCF College of Business Finance Advisory Board. He earned his MBA from UCF,

Christina Martin ’92 is the executive director of Marketing at USAA Bank, where she is responsible for crafting national marketing strategies and go-to-market plans for USAA Bank’s lending products, including residential home loans, auto loans, and personal loans. Throughout her career, she has worked in high level roles for Fortune 500 brands, such as HP, MoneyGram, Goldman Sachs and now USAA. She is proud to support UCF by mentoring students, participating in fundraising and guest lecturing, and she and her husband recently created The Christina (Bordonaro) ’92 and Bill Martin Endowed Marketing Scholarship. She earned a degree in marketing from UCF and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Notable Knight Awards

The Notable Knight Awards recognize alumni who have displayed promise and excellence early in their career paths and have less than 10 years of experience.

Anthony Bordenga ’15 is a Partner at New York Life Insurance Company in the Orlando office. He started at New York Life as an intern in 2014 before while still a student at UCF. He became a full-time agent and just two years later was promoted to partner in 2017. He has racked up several honors while working at New York Life, including earning Partner Awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Bordenga is a very active UCF Alumni member and works closely with students to help develop the next generation of leaders and advisors. He graduated from UCF with a degree in marketing.

Bianca Deslouches ’11 is the senior director of Innovation Strategy at Daily Harvest, where she leads the Culinary Innovation and Portfolio Strategy teams. Daily Harvest is reimagining how food can nourish both humanity and the planet by making it easy to eat more whole, organic, fruits and vegetables every day. Prior to joining Daily Harvest, she managed innovation pipeline development at Anheuser-Busch and held a variety of finance and strategic planning roles at SoulCycle and Moody’s Corporation. She co-founded the Kayak Friends and Family Scholarship Fund at UCF, where she earned her BSBA in finance with a certificate in investments. She also holds an MBA and M.S. in Design Innovation from Northwestern University.

Tickets and Hotel Accommodations

Individual event tickets for the gala are $150, or guests may purchase up to 10 table seats for $1,500, which includes sponsor recognition. Click to purchase tickets or a table. Guests of the UCF Business Hall of Fame are invited to stay at Rosen Shingle Creek for a discounted rate of $125 per night, based on availability. Follow this link to reserve your room before March 21. Or call 866-996-6338 and mention you are with the UCF Business Hall of Fame. For more information regarding the UCF College of Business Hall of Fame, visit business.ucf.edu/halloffame.

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Erika Hodges
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