FSU College of Business Adds Members to Alumni Hall of Fame



From left to right: Peter Collins, Dena Jalbert, John Rivers and Ted Ostrander.

The Florida State University College of Business inducted three new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame at a gala dinner Thursday night at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

The college recognizes alumni who have excelled in their careers and made a significant impact at Florida State University and the College of Business. The new inductees have increased the number of Alumni Hall of Fame members to 58 since its inception in 2003.

“Like previous alumni Hall of Fame inductees, these individuals demonstrate, among other assets, exceptional energy and integrity, leadership and learning, caring and preeminence – qualities that we strive to instill in our students and others, ”said Michael Hartline, Dean of the College of Business. “Each of them upholds the values, excellence and character of Florida State University.”

Also during the ceremony, Dena Jalbert, a nationally recognized business executive, was named the 2021 recipient of the College of Business Recent Alumni Achievement Award. Jalbert is the founder and CEO of Align Business Advisory Services of Winter Park and a champion for advancing women in business.

The recent Alumni Achievement Award honors extraordinary alumni who have achieved an undergraduate or graduate degree within the past ten years. Late last year, the college’s recent alumni council chose to honor Jalbert, who received an MBA from the College of Business in 2010.

New inductees to the FSU College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame are:

Peter Collins (BS Finance ’92; MBA ’97)
Collins spent five years as Managing Director of Jacksonville-based Rock Creek Capital before co-founding Tampa-based Forge Capital Partners, where he is CEO of the firm’s real estate private equity fund. Over the past 20 years, he has overseen over $ 1.5 billion in real estate and corporate transactions.

Collins praised the college for its “huge impact on my life” for over 25 years.

“I was deeply honored and quite surprised when Dean (Michael) Hartline called me and told me that I would be inducted into the College of Business Alumni Hall of Fame,” he said. “I know many members of the Alumni Hall of Fame, and being in their company is a lesson in humility.”

Collins previously served as a manager on the Florida State Board of Trustees and worked on major economic issues involving the Florida Retirement System Trust Fund, the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and the Florida Division of Bond Finance.
He joined the Florida Council of 100 Board of Directors in 2019 and recently completed his term as Chairman of Florida’s Pension Investment Advisory Council.

An Eagle Scout, he served as president and board member of the Boy Scouts of America South Region, Zone 4. He is also a recipient of the organization’s prestigious Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and National Outstanding Eagle Scout awards.

At the end of August, Collins won the unanimous election for President of the FSU Board of Directors. He was also a director of the FSU Foundation and a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Business.

In addition, he has been a significant financial backer of college and university, and was instrumental in the creation of the Peter and Jennifer Collins Graduate Fellowship in Real Estate.

Ted Ostrander (BS Business Administration ’70)
Ostrander made his mark at Leesburg-based Lassiter-Ware Inc., where after his military service in 1983 he transformed a seven-person office into one of Florida’s largest independent insurance agencies, with 130 employees. and locations in five counties. He retired as CEO of the company, which today manages over $ 200 million in insurance premiums in Florida and the Southeast.

“I always look back and say, ‘What have I accomplished? I didn’t invent anything or anything like that, ”Ostrander said. “I am proud of our success, of our growth. But I think I’m more proud of my employees and their dedication to the company.

Ostrander won the prestigious Mitchell Stallings Award in recognition of his work as an advocate for insurance agents and the industry. This included his service as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National CIC Alliance, as Chairman of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents, and as a member of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Advisory Board.

He has served as president of his local chamber of commerce and a member of the board of directors of the Central Florida Boy Scouts. He has also served as president and director of the Central Florida Health Alliance; a member of the sacristy and principal director of his church; and as a member of the Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida.

Ostrander remains active at the College of Business, notably with the Ranked # 1 Dr. William T. Hold / The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance. He supervises the students and chairs the committee that guides the program, the RMI Executive Council.

He also remains a major contributor to the college, funding a space in Legacy Hall, the future home of the college, and later providing a gift to benefit Legacy Hall and the RMI program.

John rivers (BS Marketing ’89)
After a 20-year career in healthcare, Rivers retired as president of a $ 1.5 billion company and embarked on a lifelong dream of opening a restaurant. This was done through his self-proclaimed “barbecue ministry,” which has been dedicated to helping those in need and helping build better communities.

Today, he is the founder and CEO of 4R Restaurant Group, a Winter Park-based company with 22 locations in Florida. These include its flagship 4 Rivers Smokehouse, with locations in Tampa, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Coral Gables and throughout central Florida.

Rivers is a member of the prestigious Circle of Gold of the FSU Alumni Association, which recognizes individuals for their service, achievement and dedication to the university. Rivers and his wife, Monica, generously donated to Legacy Hall, the future home of the College of Business.

He is also a former member of the Board of Governors of the College of Business.

“The State of Florida has played a central role in my personal development, from my arrival as a young, naive and insecure of the age of 18 until the exit of not only of a degree, but also of ‘an idea of ​​what it’s like to be part of a community that really cares about its members, ”he said.

Rivers also launched the 4R Foundation, whose 4Roots Farm plans an agricultural campus in Orlando that aims to address the food insecurity of children in central Florida through a healthy and sustainable regional food system.

Author of “The Southern Cowboy Cookbook,” Rivers was named Restaurateur of the Year by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Orlando magazine ranked him among its “50 Most Powerful: 15 To Watch,” and this publication ranks him among its 5 Most Powerful Philanthropists in its “50 Most Powerful People of 2021”.

In addition, its 4 Rivers Smokehouse chain has been recognized by Southern Living magazine as “The Best Barbecue in the South” for 2020.


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