Since becoming a candidate a few years ago, I have personally seen the rapid growth of our chapter. BAPPERs connect with firms all over the Tampa Bay area. Seeing the success is encouraging and invigorating. This culture started for me the first day sitting in front of Jimmy Hanna. Then I watched Scott Bates and Christina DeMaio grow our chapter, but more importantly, develop our members. Unbelievable and unforgettable students, faculty and professionals have helped propel the Lambda Beta Chapter to its flourishing position.
Transitioning into our next exciting year, we have retained 31 members with 48 candidates striving to take the oath. My board is brand new and ready to take the plunge. We are working in new ways to create the most opportunities for our BAPPERS. Our top priority is to connect our members and candidates with anyone and everyone in the Tampa Bay Business world. My experience in BAP has been everything I could have asked for, from role models and mentors to opportunities and experiences. Anyone in the Lambda Beta Chapter will be afforded the same.
The past year has been decorated with awards. Our chapter once again earned superior status for the 2014-2015 academic year, a feat that our chapter has accomplished every year since its inception. Our chapter earned a cash award from Grant Thornton for being Semi-Finalists for the Ethics Award and from EY for being Semi-Finalists for the Inclusive Leadership Award based on the abstracts we submitted. The final award I want to highlight has a lot of personal weight. The Lambda Beta chapter earned third place at the Deloitte Southeast Regional Best Practices Competition. As you read this newsletter I hope you feel the energy BAP elicits as we look forward to another productive year.
Brent Caramanica, President
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