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Alumni Events

The Entrepreneurship Center strives to maintain and foster close relationships with alumni of the program. Alumni are invited and encouraged to attend events held in the Lowth Center and the Annual Alumni Awards to keep Spartan entrepreneurs connected.

Annual Entrepreneurship & Small Business Owner Alumni Achievement EventThe Entrepreneurship and Small Business Owner Alumni Achievement Awards was established by the Entrepreneurship Center in 2012 to honor alumni who have made significant professional and personal achievements in the years since graduation. This celebration is in February.

7th Annual  Alumni Gathering and Awards Presentation
Sponsored by The Ingersoll Group, Inc.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
5:30-8 p.m.
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Past Award Recipients

In 2017, Trent Lott '15, of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving, was awarded the Early Stage Entrepreneur Award, and Lisa Vodola '05, M.Ed '10, the founder of Preschool Readers, was awarded the Service-Based Entrepreneur Award.

In 2016, Dr. Roberto Borrego '79, the trauma and critical care director at St. Mary's Medical Center, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2015, Benson Riseman '78, the president and CEO of Bensea Enterprises, LLC, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Melanie Moore '06, the founder of Elizabeth & Clarke, was awarded the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award.
In 2014, Steward Moon Jr. '10, of Air & Energy, was awarded the Alumni Family Business Award, and Doug Rothschild '81, managing principal of Cassidy Turley, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2013, Chuck Papageorgiou, the managing partner of Ideasphere, was honored with the Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award. Art Linares, Jr. '11 was awarded with the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award.

In 2012, Alan Shoopak ’79, founder of Orthodontic Specialists of Florida, and Edouard Carrie ’10, owner of Environmental Cleaning Solutions SA, were honored with the Alumnus Entrepreneur and the Emerging Entrepreneur awards.

Alumni Advisory Board

We actively seek advice from the business community, parents and alumni. If you have an interest in helping us improve the entrepreneurship program at UT, contact the center at for more information.


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