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Past Alumni Awards
The University of Tampa Alumni Awards are the highest honors presented by the UT Alumni Association on an annual basis. Selected through a highly competitive process, each recipient has made a lasting impact on society and on UT through outstanding professional, philanthropic or volunteer accomplishments.
2018 Alumni Award Honorees
The Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2018 Alumni Award Honorees. These individuals are recognized for their outstanding achievements in their professional fields and for their dedicated service to the University.
The 2018 awards are presented at the May or December UT Commencement. This year's recipients are:
2018 Alumni Achievement Award
David Andrade '07 – December Commencement
David Andrade is the recipient of the 2018 Alumni
Achievement Award, which recognizes UT alumni who have made great
accomplishments in their careers or civic involvements. Andrade is a 2007
graduate of The University of Tampa with Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in digital
Andrade is an animator and entrepreneur who founded the
world's first virtual animation company, Theory Studios. His work includes Sesame Street, Korn, Man in the High Castle,
Snow White and the Huntsman, Transformers: War for Cybertron and much
In 2013, he co-founded Theory Studios with Mark Olsen
from Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta. The pair met through an
online animation course and, frustrated with an industry that was constantly
relocating top talent, came up with the idea to put the best talent from all
over the world under one virtual roof.
One of their first projects was the animated series Ray & Clovis, which follows the
adventures of Ray, a green mohawked iguana, and his roommate, Clovis, a blue
cat. Today, though Theory Studios has a bricks and mortar headquarters in Orlando,
the majority of their artists, designers and programmers are living and working
around the world.
In 2017, Theory Studios was nominated for an Emmy for
Outstanding Visual Effects and a Visual Effects Society Award for their work on
Season 2 of The Man in the High Castle.
They have been featured in major trade publications like 3D World, and they’ve collaborated with the U.S. State Department
to teach animation in Mexico, Algeria and Iraq.
William Franchi '06 – May Commencement
William Franchi was
raised in Marlton, NJ. In 2003, he left Western Carolina
University and their baseball program to come down to The University of Tampa
to continue his baseball career. Franchi graduated from UT with degrees in sports management and criminology in 2006. While working as a
law enforcement deputy, he attended Stetson University College of Law,
graduating in 2012.
Franchi is the founder and managing partner at his law firm, Franchi Law. Additionally, he is the managing partner and
founder of Pro Agents Sports Management and co-founder of Pro Title Insurance
Law was created to give clients a new and unique legal experience. The firm is a civil and criminal trial firm
that handles personal injury, criminal, business and real estate matters. Franchi has recovered millions of dollars for
those injured by the carelessness of others and has defended the rights of
those wrongfully accused. William has
negotiated contracts of all sizes in several areas of expertise. He provides low cost representation to
area law enforcement when the need arises.
Agents Sports Management is an innovative, forward thinking, full service
athletic representation firm. Pro Agents
Sports Management represents professional baseball and football players in
contract negotiations, endorsements and philanthropic endeavors. Franchi is a NFLPA certified contract
Title Insurance Agency is a technology based title insurance company. Pro Title handles closings and escrow for
residential, commercial and investor transactions.
spoken to sports management students at The University of Tampa, as well as law
students interested in sports law at Stetson University College of Law.
2018 Young Alumnus Award
Roman Cowan '10 MBA '14 M.S. '14 – May Commencement
Hailing from humble beginnings in Portmore, Jamaica, Roman Cowan came
to UT in 2006, where he fell in love with the University and the city of Tampa.
Upon graduating from UT with a double major, Bachelor of Science in Marketing
and in Accounting in 2010, he decided to set his roots in Tampa and launch his professional
career. Cowan enjoyed success working in
accounting at OneTouch Direct, a national outsourced call center, before
starting his dream job at College Hunks Hauling Junk. He returned to UT for
graduate studies during this time, where he achieved his Master of Science in
Accounting as well as an MBA in 2014.
Cowan started his career with College H.U.N.K.S. in 2013 as
the corporate financial controller. He experienced tremendous success by
driving greater transparency around the financials and the KPI’s that drove the
business. He was promoted to chief operating officer and chief financial officer in 2016, having helped lead the company to record growth in revenue and
profits each year since he joined.
Cowan continues to be highly engaged in the Tampa community.
He is a board member of the Drew Park CAC, where he plays a pivotal role in the
disbursement of CRA funds, and in the overall upliffing of the Drew Park
community. He is also one of the founding members of the group StandUp Tampa, a
progressive group of young professionals and business owners focused on uplifting the Tampa Bay area through attracting top talent and entrepreneurs
to Tampa Bay, while also focused on retaining those already here. StandUp Tampa
recently worked in conjunction with the Tampa EDC to develop the Make It Tampa
Bay website. Cowan remains committed to supporting UT and has maintained close
relationships with both faculty and staff members over the years.
Though he has been recognized over the years
for his professional achievements, including being selected as a 2017 30 Under
30 Honoree by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, he hopes to inspire others though
his friendly spirit and humble mentality.