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College Celebrates Seminole 100 Honorees

February 25, 2020

The college held a brunch, February 22, to recognize alums being honored that evening as Seminole 100 business leaders.

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, in Florida State University’s College of Business, released its 2020 Seminole 100 list in November 2019. This annual list recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or managed by Florida State alumni.

Twenty-one of the 100 businesses recognized this year are owned by alumni of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. (See the full list here.)

"It's a real honor being able to honor you today and your company and your remarkable achievements," said Dean Tim Chapin. "It really helps to showcase what this college is all about. We have folks who graduate and go out and work in the public sector in local, state and federal government agencies. We have elected officials, a number of governors and senators and state and Congressional representatives among our alumni. But we also have a number of people who create businesses and lead businesses."

Each of the business leaders in attendance got to talk about their companies and their connections to the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

Two of the honorees were also co-hosts of the event: BJ Pittman of Kupanda Capital in Washington, D.C., and Bruce McNeilage of Kinloch Partners in Kennesaw, Ga.

While visiting campus for the Seminole 100 honor, both alums met with students to share their experience and insights.

McNeilage, co-founder and CEO of a real estate company dedicated to providing consumers with affordable housing choices, gave a talk to Urban and Regional Planning students on new opportunities in real estate development. Pittman, whose investment and advisory firm was established to create, capitalize and scale pan-African companies, chatted with several of the college's Social Science Scholars, many of whom engage in research and development projects overseas.

"It's unbelievable some of the students that are in the college today and some of the things they're endeavoring to do, far beyond anything I imagined to do when I was here," Pittman said at the brunch, praising the Get More Than a Degree initiative that provides students with the opportunity to go beyond the classroom and expand their knowledge and experience.

He also spoke of the importance of having people like the Seminole 100 honorees return to campus and connect with students.

"There's a lot that they can get from your experiences," he said. "They have so many questions about what the world outside the university is like and different paths they can take."

After the brunch, the honorees and their guests and spouses toured the renovated Bellamy Building atrium and admired the changes and upgrades that have taken place since they attended school here.

Later that evening, all Seminole 100 honorees were celebrated at the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium. For more about the Seminole 100, visit this link.

Above photo; left, top to bottom: Bruce McNeilage (Kinloch Partners, Kennesaw, Ga.), Jon Novak (Boomerang Transportation, Tampa, Fla.), Jeff Kottkamp (Kottcamp P.A., Tallahassee, Fla.), Frank Coto ( Lincoln Lending Group, Tampa, Fla.), Robert Miralles (30A Beach Service, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.); right, top to bottom: Matt Prentiss (Imperial Fence Supply, Atlanta, Ga.), Todd Jefferies (Imperial Fence Supply, Atlanta, Ga.), BJ Pittman (Kupanda Capital, Washington, D.C.), Dean Tim Chapin, Judy Michaud (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Meadows Mountain Realty, Highlands, N.C.)