Four alumni earn prestigious place in College of Business 2015 Hall of Fame

Four new members will be inducted into the Florida State University College of Business Hall of Fame at a Thursday, March 26, ceremony and celebration in Tallahassee.

They will join 35 other individuals inducted since the Hall of Fame was created in 2003 to honor alumni who have excelled in their careers and made significant contributions to the mission of the College of Business.

The new inductees are:

Allen BenseAllan Bense, who earned his MBA in 1974, is the chairman and CEO of Bense Enterprises and a partner in several companies with interests in road building, mechanical contracting, healthcare, insurance, general contracting, golf course development and farming, among other things. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 through 2006 and as speaker from 2004 through 2006. He is chairman of the Florida State University Board of Trustees.



Dean CashDean Cash, who received his MBA in 1975, is president and CEO of ATEL Capital Group, a San Francisco-based financial services company that sponsors public and private alternative investment programs for individual and institutional investors. ATEL’s programs provide investors with an opportunity to participate in the dynamic equipment leasing and venture debt industries. In addition, he is a member of the Florida State University Foundation Board of Trustee.



John CulverJohn Culver, who earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management in 1982, is group president of Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific and leads the company’s Global Channel Development and Emerging Brands portfolio. He oversees the growth of the company’s fastest-growing retail segment in the China and Asia Pacific region. In addition, he is a member of the Florida State University Foundation Board of Trustees.




Fred TrescaFred Tresca, an accounting and finance major who graduated in 1982, is co-founder, principal and managing director of Branta II LLC, an oil and gas exploration, development and production enterprise. He has extensive experience in the energy and services sector, with a special focus on corporate formation, senior management and financial aspects of the international energy business and related petroleum and services operations. He is retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a partner.