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October 25, 2014

Rinker MBA Alumni Award Recipients



Priscilla Taylor '99 MBA


Commissioner Taylor is a native Floridian, born and raised in Fort Pierce. She currently resides in West Palm Beach, where she first was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in November 2004 and re-elected twice as the District 84 representative. She brought to the House more than 25 years of business experience in the insurance industry.

Commissioner Taylor served as Democratic Whip for the 2004-2006 term and Speaker Pro Tem designee for the 2008-2010 terms. Prior to being elected to the Florida House, Commissioner Taylor was a twice-elected member of the Port of Palm Beach District Commission. During her tenure, she served as chairwoman in both 2001 and 2003.

She has received numerous business and civic awards recognizing her outstanding service to the community, and she has been involved in a number of public service organizations. Before earning her M.B.A., Commissioner Taylor received her undergraduate degree from Barry University.



Dr. Thorne Donnelley ’98 MBA                      

Dr. Thorne Donnelley. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.      

Dr. Thorne Donnelley serves as a role model for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. He owns nine Liberty Tax Service stores in the West Palm Beach area, and has a goal of opening more each year. He has received certification from the IRS as a certified acceptance agent and enrolled agent.  He also is chairman of Palm Beach Maritime Foundation Ranger Project, an effort to build a replica of the USS Ranger, which under the command of John Paul Jones became the first American naval vessel to engage, capture and sink British warships in the Revolutionary War. He previously has owned and managed several successful businesses in Florida, Iowa and California and he is a former adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach Atlantic. Dr. Donnelley earned a DBA from Nova Southeastern University in 2004.



Past Recipients                 

2010: Alan Crowetz ‘89/’91 MBA '10
2009: Rita Weller ‘92/’95 MBA            
2008: Paul Donahue ’99 MBA            
2006: Richard Barnes ’98 MBA                              

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