On Friday, April 17th, 2015, the UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) hosted the last #UCFBizChat of the semester. A unique facet of #UCFBusiness’s culture of student engagement, the bi-weekly #UCFBizChat allows students to connect with business professionals from around the world by using technology that can be held in the palm of their hand.

A typical #UCFBizChat features one professional guest, but the final Twitter chat was set up as a panel discussion, with representatives from five companies.

The participating companies came from a wide range of industries, including recruiting, hospitality, logistics and financial services. Each company had ten minutes to interact with students and answer as many questions as possible. These companies included:

  • Sixt Rent a Car (11:35-11:45) – Sixt Rent a Car is an international leader in car rental, leasing, and innovative mobility solutions. With revenues in excess of $2 billion and a fleet of 180,000 cars, they have moved into over 105 different countries worldwide.
  • Fortegra (11:45-11:55) – A leading provider of credit protection, insurance, warranty, and specialty underwriting products.
  • TQL Logistics (11:55-12:05) –  TQL is a national leader in transportation logistics, playing in the $350 billion truckload transportation industry.
  • Kavaliro (12:05-12:15) – Kavaliro is a staffing company that aims to find the perfect match for companies and job seekers. The name of the company, if translated, means “Knights” and they are dedicated to building a team with UCF graduates.
  • Hilton Worldwide (12:15-12:25) – Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences.
  • By giving students the opportunity to connect with representatives from a variety of companies, #UCFBusiness was able to cater to a very diverse set of student needs.

    Although the Twitter chats have finished up for the semester, students can look forward to more in the future.

    About the College of Business Administration:

    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.

    The college provides high-quality academic programs designed to give students a competitive advantage in the world of business now and in the future. As such, the college establishes partnerships with some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new and best practices that harness evolving technology. In addition, the college promotes a unique culture of engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision making in an effort to ensure students are well prepared to enter a dynamic marketplace.

    America’s Partnership University:

    The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit https://www.ucf.edu/news/.