Three graduate students in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Rinker School of Business received the 2012 Joe J. Eassa Scholarship on Thursday during the 13th annual MBA Awards Presentation at Phillips Point Club in West Palm Beach.
|MBA students Johnavia Scott-Walton (left), Angie Vyas and Alejandro Pinto are the 2012 recipients of the Joe J. Eassa Scholarship at Palm Beach Atlantic University.|
MBA students Alejandro Pinto and Angie Vyas of West Palm Beach and Johnavia Scott-Walton of Palm Beach Gardens were named as the recipients the scholarship, which was established by Palm Beach Atlantic in honor of Dr. Joe J. Eassa, professor of graduate business studies, and his many years of service to the University. Dr. Eassa presently serves as professor of graduate business studies at PBA.
Pinto has 10 years of professional experience in credit operations, project management, corporate leadership and small business partnership in the banking and construction industries. He also serves as vice president of the Palm Beach Soccer League, where he promotes soccer development for children and teens through after-school programs.
Vyas has worked for the past four years as a Florida Department of Children and Families contract manager for the agency’s substance abuse and mental health program. She also has been a volunteer for DCF and has completed an internship at a community agency serving those with developmental disabilities.
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Scott-Walton is a native of St. Lucia who grew up in London, where she previously worked as an investment research analyst with Business Centre Capital Management Company, a subsidiary of the merchant bank Close Brothers. She hopes to re-enter the securities industry as an investment research analyst after graduation.
The speaker for the evening was Ray Titus, chief executive officer of West Palm Beach-based United Franchise Group, which now has about 1,400 franchises in 52 countries.
Titus spoke about his three keys to success: Enthusiasm, passion and a refusal to quit. He also encouraged those in attendance to develop a goal, write it down, work toward it and seek advice if needed. “There are so many good people in the community who will help you,” he said.
Also during the celebration, Palm Beach resident and entrepreneur Dr. Thorne Donnelley ’98 received Palm Beach Atlantic’s Outstanding MBA Graduate Award.
Dr. Donnelly, a former adjunct faculty member at PBA, now owns nine Liberty Tax Service stores in the West Palm Beach area. He also plans to open a bookstore on Clematis Street.