Business & Economy

UWF College of Business inducts inaugural Hall of Fame class

The University of West Florida College of Business inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class on Friday, Nov. 12 at the UWF Conference Center as part of the Impact Weekend festivities.

“Congratulations to the 10 distinguished inductees on this prestigious honor,” College of Business Dean Richard Fountain said. “Their extraordinary success in business is superseded by the positive impact they have made on their respective communities. Their generous support of the College of Business has helped us prepare students to follow in their impressive footsteps.”

The Hall of Fame was established to celebrate individuals who encapsulate the qualities that make the college an extraordinary place to learn and grow. Inductees are College of Business alumni or supporters who have excelled in their careers and positively impacted society. A committee of College of Business faculty and administrators selected the Hall of Fame members based on the following criteria: graduated from the UWF College of Business or supported the College in a meaningful way; exceptional career accomplishments; significant professional recognition; community involvement and recognition; and service to the College of Business and UWF.

The 2021 Hall of Fame class includes:

  • Ronald Jackson ’76
    Past president of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund (1990-2015)
  • Dr. Chula King, ’77, ’78
    Professor, UWF Department of Accounting, Educational Technology Faculty Fellow; Former Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance, Interim Chair of Global Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Provost of UWF
  • Collier Merrill ’85
    President/Owner of Merrill Land Company and Great Southern Restaurants Inc.; Stockholder and Director of The Gulfarium
  • Kim Mustin ’90
    Managing Director, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
  • Mort O’Sullivan ’73
    Retired Managing Member of the Gulf Coast Region of Warren Averett, LLC CPAs and Advisors; Mentor for The Spring, a division of the Studer Community Institute
  • Dr. Ed Ranelli, Dean 2001-2013
    Associate Vice President for External Affairs; CEO of UWF Business Enterprise Inc.
  • Steve Riggs ’76
    Founding Partner of Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC
  • Kathleen Sandstrom ’96
    Former Senior Partner for Heitman LLC
  • Sandy Sansing ’69
    Owner of Sandy Sansing dealershipsJohn Switzer ’89
    President/Owner of JLSwit LLC

To learn more about the College of Business Hall of Fame and the 2021 inductees, visit