Coggin Ambassador Program


Coggin Ambassadors (CA's) are outgoing, connected and ambitious business students that serve as student representatives of the Coggin College of Business; they are role models to current and prospective Coggin students and are the face of the college to the business community. CA's play an integral role in the marketing and execution of programs and events including career fairs, networking events, career workshops and the STAR Program.  They also represent the Coggin College of Business at various on and off-campus events.


Through their service, Coggin Ambassadors have the opportunity to network with their peers and business professionals, learn about the job market, and enhance their résumés. In addition, it is not uncommon for CA's to make connections during their term that lead to job or internship opportunities.



Application Process

  • S.T.A.R. Certified (or will complete by beginning of term)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher and in good academic standing
  • Junior, senior, post baccalaureate or graduate student status with a business major
  • Be able to complete at least 20 service hours over the course of the semester
  • There are no hour requirements for summer; however, there may be opportunities to volunteer for those who are in town. These hours can count towards fall requirements.


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Current member and actively involved with a Coggin College of Business Club.
  • Strong knowledge of the CMC's services and programs, and/or experience working with the CMC office.
  • Preference given to students that are able to commit to 2 sequential terms.


For more information, please contact the Assistant Director, Melinda Santos or (904) 620-2067.



2017 Coggin Ambassadors 

Nora S. NORA
Major: International Business, Economics 
Graduation: Fall 2017

Nora is a Senior double majoring in International Business and Economics, expecting to graduate in the fall 2017. She is involved in the Woman in Business Society and is starting her second term as a Coggin Ambassador. Nora studied abroad in Beijing, China and is currently interning at a logistics company as an international operations intern. Nora also works at a local restaurant as a head server. During her free time, Nora enjoys going on adventures. She has traveled to 30 countries which inspired her to pursue an international business degree. Her dream is to integrate her passion for traveling with a career in global business.


Frank N   FRANK
Major: Management 
Graduation: Fall 2017

Frank is a senior majoring in Business Management, expecting to graduate in fall 2017. He currently works for Enterprise Holdings as a Management Trainee intern. Frank is an active member of UNF Rotaract, Entrepreneurship Society, UNF OCT program, and is a past-president of Alpha Sigma Pi. He also participated in the Coggin Mentor Program and continues to seek more opportunities to make an impact at UNF. Frank is an active youth leader at Celebration Church and loves seeing young people commit their lives to something greater. In his free time, he enjoys playing a variety of sports, and treasures the time he spends with family and friends. Frank's passion is to further his leadership skills and help develop others. After graduation, he intends to learn more about business and eventually become a business owner and investor in other businesses.

Sara P. SARA
Major: Transportation and Logistics, Marketing
Graduation: Fall 2017

Sara is a senior majoring in Transportation & Logistics with a minor in Marketing. She plans to graduate in fall 2017 and pursue a career in the logistics field. After building her field experience she hopes to obtain an MBA. Sara recently completed an internship with Yusen Logistics and hopes to complete an additional internship before graduation to broaden her horizons. Sara was born in Zagreb, Croatia and is a first-generation citizen and student. Her roots have created a love for travel, which led her to completing a summer abroad in Marseille, France in summer 2016. In her free time, Sara likes to spend time at the beach or outside, exercise, read, and spend time with family and friends.

bassem BASSEM
Major: Accounting
Graduation: Spring 2017

Bassem is a senior majoring in accounting with plans to graduate in fall 2017. Bassem has completed internships at a local boutique investment bank and at a large financial technology company, SS&C Advent. Upon graduation he plans on landing a job as a financial analyst for an investment bank or consulting firm. He is a very curious and passionate individual that loves a good challenge; in his free time, Bassem enjoys the art of pottery and playing pick-up soccer with friends and coworkers.

Sushmitha P.   SUSHMITHA
Major: MBA - Marketing and Finance 
Graduation: Fall 2017

Sushmitha is a MBA candidate with a focus in Marketing and Finance. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering in India. Sushmitha is currently a member of UNF American Marketing Association and Entrepreneurs, Creators and Innovators Club. After graduation, she wants to become an entrepreneur and empower women in the isolated regions of India and contribute to the development of her country in any way possible. In her free time, she likes to read, sketch and travel.

Blake Parrish BLAKE
Major: Transportation and Logistics 

Graduation: Spring 2018

Blake is a senior majoring in Transportation & Logistics and minoring in Finance; he plans to graduate in spring 2018. He is an active member in the Transportation & Logistics Society, Coggin Ambassadors, Beta Gamma Sigma and has participated in the Coggin Mentor program and a study abroad trip to Austria. Blake works part-time in Intermodal Operations at Crowley Maritime Corporation where he is learning about management and the logistics industry. Blake is an active member at Westside Baptist Church where he plays music on a weekly basis and works with the Young Adult group. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, golfing, playing drums, going to the beach and spending time with his friends and family. Upon graduation, Blake intends to begin his career in logistics at one of the many logistics organizations located in the Jacksonville area.  

Thiago S. THIAGO
Major: Economics, Finance 
Graduation: Spring 2018 

Thiago is a senior double majoring in Economics and Finance with plans to graduate in spring 2018. He currently works as a UNF tutor helping students in subjects related to economics and finance. He is a member of the Finance and Investment Society as well as UNF Financial Planning Association. Thiago came to the USA from Brazil in 2014 to play soccer for Siena Heights University located in Michigan and then transferred to UNF with an academic scholarship. In his free time he enjoys reading books and socializing with his friends. After graduating, Thiago hopes to get some US-based finance work experience and then return to Brazil and help develop the field in his home country.

 Nick S.


Major: International Business, Finance 

Graduation: Spring 2017


Nick is a senior double majoring in Finance and International Business with an expected graduation date of spring 2018. He is a member of the Finance and Investment Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; he is also an active member of the Coggin Delegation which helps incoming international students adjust to life at UNF. Before attending UNF he played two years of collegiate soccer earning accolades for his play and his performance in the classroom. Nick completed a semester abroad in Germany, and completed an internship with a NGO in Ireland. He has also completed internships with PLS Logistics and CIT Bank. An avid traveler, Nick has visited 23 countries. In his free time he likes to play golf, attend sporting events , go to the beach, lift weights, cook, and volunteer coach at a local soccer club in his hometown. After graduation, Nick plans to pursue a Masters in Finance, or an MBA and ultimately launch a career in strategic or financial consulting.


ramon RAMON
Major: International Business, Transportation & Logistics
Graduation: Summer 2017

Ray is a senior majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics with an expected graduation date of spring 2018. He is an Osprey Financial Group alumnus and involved with the Coggin Mentor Program, the Finance and Investment Society, and a brother of Sigma Chi fraternity. He is currently a Trading Intern at The Energy Authority and was formerly a Product Specialist at Fidelity National Information Services. In his free time, he enjoys trading options and stocks, reading, weightlifting, traveling, and playing golf. Upon graduation, Ray aspires to work on Wall Street in either equity research or portfolio management.


Stephen M


Major: Finance and Economics

Graduation: Spring 2017 


Stephen is a senior double majoring in Finance and Economics with an expected graduation date of spring 2018. A believer in collaboration, Stephen has been involved with many organizations including Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, where he served as the Vice President of Finance, the Finance and Investment Society and the Coggin Mentor Program. While he plans on working in the United States, Stephen is dedicated to developing an international perspective on business during his undergraduate studies. In order to foster this understanding, Stephen dedicated his junior year to international study. First, in Russia at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics for fall 2016, then to China in spring 2017 in order to study the economic and social issues that have emerged as a result of rapid urbanization. During his final year, Stephen will participate as a chosen member of Osprey Financial Group. In his scarce free time, he enjoys the company of his family and friends, composing music, carpentry, exercising, and reading.


emmanuel EMMANUEL
Major: Transportation and Logistics 
Graduation: Spring 2018

Emmanuel is a senior majoring in Transportation Logistics and minoring in Operations Management with an expected graduation date of spring 2018. He is a member of the Transportation & Logistics Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society. After graduation he plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration. He currently interns at Corporate Traffic Logistics as a Junior Logistics Specialist, and he is also a Corporal in the Marine Corps Reserves. In his free time he enjoys good food, lifting weights, playing sports, and video games.

2017-Drew DREW
Major: Finance, Financial Services 

Graduation: Spring 2018

Drew is a senior double majoring in Finance and Financial Services with an expected graduation date of spring 2018. Drew is a brother in Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, and is also a mentee in the Coggin Mentor Program. After graduation he plans to continue his education with a Master of Business Administration and will use it to work as an executive for a company. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Natalie M. NATALIE
Major: International Business, Marketing

Graduation: Spring 2019

Natalie is a junior majoring in International Business and Marketing. She is a brother in Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity having served on the executive board for two semesters and is currently the Marketing Coordinator for the Women in Business Society. She was also the President of the Leadership Council of her Business Living Learning Community. Natalie is a member of the UNF Swoop Squad, the tour guides for prospective UNF students. Natalie enjoys participating in community engagement and professional development activities as well as spending time with her friends and family.




Emmanuel S. DERRICK 
Major: Finance 
Graduation: Spring 2019

Derrick is a Junior majoring in Finance with an expected graduation date of spring of 2019. He aspires to launch a career as an investment banking analyst before beginning work on his Master of Business Administration. Ultimately he would like to work in private equity with the goal of starting his own firm and becoming an influential venture capitalist. This past fall semester, he was confirmed unanimously to the UNF Student Government Senate and served for a semester. He is also an active member of the Finance and Investment Society. His favorite hobbies include playing basketball, watching crime noir films, and reading urban novels. He also enjoys playing pool, poker, and blackjack.


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