Kudos to the CBA as we were the most awarded college of the evening during the Black and Gold Gala, hosted by the UCF Alumni Association during Homecoming Week.
Jimmy Ferrell, ’80, Service to UCF Award
Ferrell, president of Ferrell Wealth Management, Inc., was active at UCF as a student, and has remained involved since he graduated summa cum laude in 1980. As a student he played basketball and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, as well as Beta Alpha Psi academic honor society. Since graduation he has held many roles at UCF such as past president and treasurer of the Golden Knights Club and chair of the UCF/Kiwanis Kickoff luncheon. He is an officer on the Board of Directors of the UCF Foundation. Ferrell was inducted into the CBA Hall of Fame in 2000.
Jamie Perry Gregor, Distinguished Student Award
Gregor graduates in May 2013, and when she leaves UCF, she will be leaving with quite an impressive resume! A marketing major enrolled in The Burnett Honors College, she is or has been a member of numerous distinguished groups on campus such as the President's Leadership Council, 4Ever Knights, Knights of the Round Table, Phi Beta Lambda, Catholic Campus Ministry, Student Body President’s Advisory Council and LEAD Scholars program. She has won numerous awards and scholarships including the Order of Pegasus.
Zach Hoffman, ’05, Rising Star Award
Hoffman is the founder and CEO of Exults, a web services company in Ft. Lauderdale. He oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the company and has helped hundreds of businesses grow through Internet marketing efforts including web design, search engine optimization, paid search management, social media management and more. He supports the CBA and has served as a judge at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation student competitions.
Mark Plaumann, ’74 and ’79, Professional Achievement Award
Plaumann took advanced classes while at UCF enabling him to begin his accounting career at just 18 with what is now known as Ernst and Young. He was a CPA by age 19, and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) at 20. After leaving Ernst and Young as a senior manager in 1985, he held a variety of executive positions within the financial industry. Currently he serves on the boards of several public companies in the airline and natural resources industries. He was inducted into the CBA Hall of Fame in 2008.
Craig Suazo, ’81, Community Service Award
Suazo is the senior vice president and regional sales manager at U.S. Bank in Seattle. Prior to moving out west, he spent more than 30 years working in commercial lending and financial service in Central Florida. He is an active volunteer at numerous organizations including Habitat for Humanity, First Baptist Church of Orlando, Junior Achievement and the National Entrepreneur Center.