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Published: March 04, 2020

Two Alumni Honored by UT’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center

University of Tampa alumni John Anselma and Danny Mastronardo were honored with alumni awards last night by UT’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center for their professional and personal achievements.

Exterior of ICB Building
The Lowth Center, part of the Sykes College of Business, is located within the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building at UT.

John Anselma, a member of the Class of 1993, won the Innovator Entrepreneur Award. He is the co-founder and managing partner of Paragon Financial, an asset-based lending company.

Danny Mastronardo, a member of the UT Class of 2007, won the Family Business Award. He is the founder/owner of Nardo’s Natural Organic Skincare.

The center received a record number of nominations from community members and alumni for the awards, said Dean Koutroumanis, associate director of the Lowth Center and associate professor of management.

“Now in its 9th year, the alumni awards have become the premier Lowth Entrepreneurship Center event connecting alumni to students, and fostering mentorship, internship and relationship-building opportunities,” Koutroumanis said.

More than 150 people were in attendance.

The Lowth Center, part of the Sykes College of Business, is located within the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building at UT. The space is creatively designed to bring together prospective student entrepreneurs, educators and experienced executives to generate, define and develop entrepreneurial concepts and to launch new ventures.

UT’s entrepreneurship major is one of the largest on campus and provides students with skills that are critical for anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur or think like one.

For more information, see the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center website at ut.edu/entrepreneurcenter.


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