The Florida State University College of Business inducted four new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame Thursday at a black tie dinner at the Florida State Turnbull Conference Center.
He was appointed by visionary entrepreneur and organizational change expert Christopher Iansiti. Russell Cole, an innovative executive in the global cutting tool and power tool industry. Kyle Riva, leader in high-profile commercial real estate development, construction and financing. and Nada Usina, a global expert in executive search and advisory services.
The University provides Alumni Hall of Fame recognition to alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and made a significant impact on FSU and the College of Business. The new inductees increase the membership of the Alumni Hall of Fame to 66 members since its inception in 2003.
“Chris, Russell, Kyle, and Nada, we salute you, honor you, and celebrate you as great role models and outstanding ambassadors for our university and the College of Business,” said Mike, dean of the college.・Mr. Hartline spoke to the new students at the ceremony. “Thank you for all you do for our great university.”
The university also recognized David Orozco as the recipient of the 2023 Recent Alumni Achievement Award. Orozco is the CEO of Brisas Empanadas, the Miami-based wholesale affiliate of his family-owned Brisas Colombianas Bakery & Restaurant. He graduated from college in 2013 with a degree in Marketing with a major in Professional Sales and a minor in Entrepreneurship.
The Recent Alumni Achievement Award recognizes outstanding alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree in recent years.
Here are four new inductees into the College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame.
christopher ian city
(BS Finance '92; MS Instruction Systems '94)
Ian City is a visionary leader and expert in the fields of corporate learning, HR performance, and talent management.
For nearly 30 years, Iansiti has founded or co-founded three companies and consulted with global brands and Fortune 100 companies. In 2003 he founded IANSITI Performance Group, Inc., and in 2018 the Cincinnati-based company was acquired by TiER1 Performance. IANSITI Performance Group's impressive customer list, industry recognition, and customer approach were key factors in the acquisition.
In the consulting world, IANSITI Performance is known for its client relationships, service, and management skills, all of which were indicative of how IANSITI partnered with its clients. In 2017, his company was named to his Inc. 5000 list of America's most successful companies and in 2018 was named to the Seminole 100 Companies.
Ian City said his life's mission is to help people, teams and organizations reach their fullest potential. He speaks on customer relations, business development, and entrepreneurship, has been a guest on CNN, and has been quoted in numerous articles and papers on leadership, professionalism, job search, and corporate culture.
Previously, he served as an executive with Delphi Performance Consulting and as a consultant with Andersen Consulting/Accenture.
A decorated alumnus of FSU, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the College of Education in 2011 and was named a Gagné/Briggs Distinguished Alumnus by the Department of Educational Systems and Learning Technologies in 2013. In 2020, he joined the alumni circle. Money.
Ian City chairs the FSU Foundation Board of Directors and dedicates his time to FSU. Previously, she served as chair of the FSU College of Business Board of Governors. He frequently speaks to classes and spends time with the recipients of his three scholarships and the students who have served on his board.
Cole is president and CEO of Diablo Tools, where he has driven unprecedented growth for more than 20 years.
Since joining Diablo Tools in 2000, Mr. Kohl has designed the direction of the company's North American strategy, resulting in strong operational performance, superior brand recognition, and significant increases in stakeholder value.
This period saw unprecedented growth, with business increasing 60 times in just over 20 years under Cole's leadership. In addition to his responsibilities in North America, Mr. Cole provides key direction in Diablo Tools' overall global strategy and manufacturing direction.
Mr. Cole leverages his extensive background in sales, finance, marketing, operations and product development to successfully launch new brands and divisions for the company.
Under his leadership, the company launched a premium line of construction cutting tools and its most successful brand, Diablo Tools.
Mr. Cole's focus on innovation and vision to “change the market forever” has led Diablo Tools to become a leading producer and promoter of brands in the construction, industrial, woodworking, MRO and MEP markets.
Mr. Cole previously served as Vice President of New Product Development, Marketing and Sales at Peachtree Doors and Windows in Atlanta, where he oversaw 30% growth for the company while recruiting a dynamic leadership team.
Earlier in his career, Cole spent 10 successful years in sales, marketing and product development at Black & Decker's DeWalt division. He helped launch the company's “yellow tools”, which grew into an industry-leading, multi-billion dollar product line.
Outside of the office, Cole brings his energy and work ethic to several projects. These include membership in the Young Presidents Organization, a leadership community for CEOs, and active involvement in the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization Children Helping Children. Additionally, she serves on the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Board in Atlanta, the Advisory Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the FSU College of Business Executive Board, and the FSU Foundation Board of Directors.
(BS Management '77)
Riva continues to grow as a commercial real estate leader and entrepreneur, currently serving as CEO and President of Alexander Investments International, which specializes in luxury multifamily rental communities in Sunbelt states.
Over a 40-year career, Riva has developed, financed, and constructed high-profile commercial properties including apartments, office buildings, retail centers, industrial properties, hotels, resorts, single-family projects, and land. . .
Prior to founding Alexander Investments International, Riva was an influential figure at Epoch Properties for more than 25 years and led the company as president for more than 10 years. He also served as manager of the Central Florida office of Carey Kramer Sylvester & Associates, a commercial real estate mortgage and sales company, vice president and branch manager of Alliance Mortgage Company, and territory manager of Burroughs Corporation. I have experience as a manager.
Riva's projects represent approximately 24,000 multifamily units totaling more than $2 billion and have been recognized in national publications such as Housing, Professional Builders, and Florida Trends.
Riva is a Florida licensed real estate broker and a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council. Additionally, she holds several key positions on the Florida State University Board of Governors, including Chair of the FSU Real Estate Center Board of Directors, FSU Foundation Board of Directors, FSU Real Estate Foundation Board of Directors, and member of the Business Student Investment College. Fund Board and his FSU Real Estate Investment Fund Board. Riva is also a Trustee Emeritus of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and a past chair of the Hamilton Holt School Advisory Board.
(BS Marketing & Multinational Business '93; MS Sports Management '94)
Usina has established itself as a global expert and leader in executive search and advisory services, benefiting some of the world's most influential organizations, and most recently with a new company founded in March 2023. I became the CEO of an executive search company.
Mr. Usina was previously a senior partner at Russell Reynolds & Associates in New York City, where he was responsible for the firm's global technology division and the firm's global media, entertainment and sports practice. She also served on the company's executive committee. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, leading media and entertainment brands, venture capital startups, and equity-backed private companies.
A long-time leader in the new media and mobile industry, Usina previously operated multiple profitable businesses in the sports and entertainment sectors, many of which capitalized on the emergence of new technologies. She served as president of publicly traded JumpTV, which merged with NeuLion to become the world's leading online video and IPTV multi-platform provider. Before joining there, Usina served as president of her XOS Broadband network, which she acquired by JumpTV for $60.25 million in September 2007.
Mr. Usina served as general manager and president of Nokia Canada and general manager of Nokia's entertainment and media business in the Americas. He also directed business development and sales programs at Yahoo! Entertainment, working with studios, networks, broadcasters, music labels, game publishers, and advertisers. Additionally, he led the sports business team and marketing team at Broadcast.com, which was acquired by Yahoo!. She earned $5.7 billion during her tenure.
Her other positions include leadership roles with the Atlanta Olympic Committee and the Florida Sports Foundation. She supports the athletics department, is a member of the FSU Seminole Boosters Board, and currently serves on the executive committee of the FSU College of Business Board.
Usina, a Toronto native, came to the United States on an athletic scholarship and swam at FSU, where she was captain of the women's swim team.