Emmanuel Fernando Martes’ was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States when he was 17 years old in order to pursue his dream to study at USF. He has interned with nonprofits and for-profit companies, excelled in his classwork, and is on track to graduate in just three years with a GPA of 3.87. He was elected as one of the seats for the USF legislative branch in student government where he writes resolutions and allocates funds to enhance the USF experience for all students.
Emmanuel graduates in May 2019 with a degree in finance. He has participated in in the Student Managed Investment Fund at USFSP in which he developed a stock report and pitched it to various professionals. He is also a part of the board members for the Financial Planning Association and is a member of the Student Investment Club, the Corporate Mentor Program and others, including the Phi Eta Sigma and the Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
He also served as a mentor for the Academic, Cultural and Engagement Program at USF, where he guided more than 100 students transitioning into the college experience.
He currently is a financial planning trainee/intern at AXA Financial Advisors in Tampa where he analyzes and creates financial plan reports and analyzes risks in portfolios. In the past, he completed an internship with the Corporation to Develop Communities in Tampa, an organization that oversees real estate projects for low-income residents in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
But it was his experience at AXA Financial Advisors that sparked his interest to pursue a career in financial planning after graduation.
Gregory Klug began his college career studying mechanical engineering at the University of Florida, but left all that behind to embark on an academic career that centered on investments and portfolios at USF. He made the right choice. Inspired by the stories of 25 under 25 honorees two years ago, he set his sights on one day being among this group. His work has paid off.
Klug is set to graduate in May 2020 with a degree in finance, excelling in some of the more difficult courses in the finance department, including financial statement analysis, principles of investments and financial accounting.
He will intern this summer at J.P. Morgan as an analyst and has previously interned at Foresters Financial in the financial services department. In 2017, he started his own business, Carstats4u, an online service that provides car enthusiasts with statistics on more than 200 vehicles. As founder, he was responsible for budgeting for the website that has expanded onto social media sites.
He credits his leadership abilities to coaching soccer at his alma mater, the Carrollwood Day School, where he coached a team of 16 players on the junior varsity squad and assisted the varsity head coach. The experience taught him how to manage time and personnel, leading players through daily drills and game strategy.
Earlier this year, he served as an employer host with the USF Career Services’ Accounting Fair and Bulls Connect Career Fair and will continue as a data and economics intern this semester. He also traveled to the Dominican Republic as a teenager volunteering to teach English to elementary school-age children.
Jessica Kelso’s short three-year college career has provided her with the inspiration, knowledge, and skills she will need to successfully enter the professional business world. Kelso spent the summer of 2017 studying at the University College of London Birkbeck. She also maintained several leadership roles within Zeta Tau Alpha, the Student Finance Association, and the Bulls Business Community.
Majoring in finance, she is set to graduate in May 2019 with recognition as a high-achieving member of the Business Honors Program, Honors College, and Provost Scholars Program. Kelso is graduating in the top 10% of all undergraduate and graduate students at USF, having been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.
As part of the USF-Tampa team, Kelso was recently awarded first place at the CFA Ethics Invitational hosted by the CFA Society of Tampa Bay. Additionally, she will present her thesis to the research community at the USF Undergraduate Research Conference in early April.
Kelso’s admission into the Applied Securities Analysis course, an elite program in which only a handful of high-achieving finance students are enrolled, has strengthened her passion for investments. As a student equity research analyst in the Student Managed Investment Fund, Kelso analyzes undervalued equities, presents her stock recommendations to a board of industry professionals, and monitors the fund’s portfolio of $1 million.
During her senior year, Kelso interned at Jaffe Tilchin Wealth Management, where she will begin her professional career upon graduation.
Marina Jankovic’s life has been shaped by advice that her mother gave her when she was just 5 years old. Her family had just emigrated from ex-Yugoslavia and was struggling in their new U.S. home. Her mom said: “The only way you can afford to go to college and have a successful life is if you work harder than everyone else.”
Jankovic took that advice and practiced that mantra through every facet of her life and academic career. She is set to graduate in May 2019, with a dual degree in marketing and mass communications. She maintains a grade-point average of 3.95 and has participated in the Corporate Mentor Program, the Marketing Mentor Program and the USF Honors College. She is a USF Presidential Scholar, a Florida Academic Scholar and a USF Honors Scholar.
Jankovic, for the past three years, has served as marketing coordinator and graphic designer for the USF Marshall Student Center where she designed the 10th anniversary art exhibition and the weekly Takeover Tuesday social media campaign. At one point two years ago, when the marketing manager went on leave, Jankovic took over as interim marketing manager, supervising a marketing team and supporting clients. Jankovic interned at AAA for 11 months, during which she planned and launched multiple marketing plans. She also interned at Ashley Furniture.
She is fluent in Croatian, Bosnian and English and is verbally fluent in Serbian.
Sarah Gimbel is a year from graduating, but she’s already giving back to the USF community. Having received a scholarship at a time of personal crisis that allowed her to start and continue her classes at USF, she has established the Howard Gimbel Memorial Foundation in her father’s name and has raised $3,600 in scholarship money for deserving students of Riverview High School, her alma mater, in 2017.
She plans to do the same this year and expand scholarship opportunities for children of Tampa police officers planning to attend college. Her father, a 20-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department, was killed in a motorcycle accident weeks before she was to start her freshman year at USF.
As president of the foundation, she plans charity events, including an annual sport-clay shooting event; designs all the marketing materials, prepares the annual budget and financials for tax returns. She handles all reporting to be compliant with taxing agencies.
She is set to graduate in May 2020 with a degree in marketing with a concentration in sales and a minor in entrepreneurship and has been on the Dean’s List in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018. She serves as the chief marketing officer for the USF Professional Sales Club and placed third overall out of 64 students in the recent Selling with the Bulls Intercollegiate Sales Competition. She also has taken on the responsibility of recruiting new members to the club with classroom presentations and engagement through social media.
She also is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha-Kappa Sigma chapter, where she serves as vice president of philanthropy and has set this year’s goal to raise $40,000 for breast cancer education and awareness.
Zakaria El Jbari took a job as an intern at the USF Credit Union in 2016 knowing nothing about banking. Two years later, he was managing the Marshall Student Center branch office during the busiest time of the year. The rewarding experience was just one of several that has fallen on the Morocco native.
Now, he’s getting ready to graduate in May 2019 with a degree in finance and a grade-point average of 4.0. He has been named to the Dean’s List since coming to USF in 2015. He currently works as a teaching assistant in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department, grading examinations and assignments and holding office hours to take care of student needs.
In his time working for USF Credit Union, El Jbari not only managed the Marshall Student Center branch, but he opened more than 500 new accounts and reached $1 million in money market and certificates of deposit. With his outgoing nature he was named ambassador team leader within the credit union, a role in which he collaborated with management to interview and identify top candidates for the credit union’s internship program.
He is the co-founder and chief of recruitment for the International People of Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to making international students feel at home while offering various involvement opportunities.
He placed second in the 2018 Selling with the Bulls competition for a marketing plan he presented to the Tampa Bay Lightning marketing team.
Henrique Faria Brito Martini Correa knows the value of learning, having come from a long line of educators. His great-grandmother was principal of a public school in Rio de Janeiro and his grandmother founded her own private school where his mother now is principal. The legacy is clear. Education is paramount in this life.
Faria Brito Martini Correa is set to graduate in May 2020 with a dual degree in business analytics and information systems and quantitative economics and econometrics. Last fall, he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Brahman, the most prestigious order of USF, which serves to recognize and engage top student leaders on campus. This semester, he was selected as a USF Ambassador, where he will serve as an official student representative for the USF system. Responsibilities include working alongside the USF systems president and attending presidential events and meetings with USF stakeholders. He also has earned certificates in third-party risk management and global banking both from Citi and was part of an entrepreneurship and innovation summer course at Boston College.
He has participated in the Corporate Mentor Program, the Brazilian Student Association, where he served as vice president of professional development. He was selected to the Dean’s List in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018.
As director of outreach and access for USF Student Government, Faria Brito Martini Correa assists executive leadership as a liaison between student government, the student body and various organizations. He also served an internship with Brazilian Institute of Economics where he worked with leadership on economic research and helped develop a course big data and data analytics.