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Lutgert Alumni Among Gulfshore Business '40 Under 40' Honorees

December 11, 2020  / Lutgert News  / Tags: Accounting, 40 Under 40, 2020, Alumni, Award, Marketing, MBA

Each year Gulfshore Business magazine recognizes 40 business professionals younger than 40 for their impact on Southwest Florida. A panel of judges selects the final group from among hundreds of deserving nominees submitted by the local business community. This year’s 40 Under 40 includes three distinguished Lutgert alumni who are using the skills they learned at FGCU to shape the world around them.

Tax Accountant, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Daniela Georgieva permanently relocated to the United States in 2006, following a U.S. exchange student program. After graduating magna cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, she joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. (MNMW) in 2014.

"My specialty areas include international tax, as well as individual and business tax planning and preparation," she says. "I also serve as a mentor to team members and am experienced in tax research, ensuring that MNMW always provides the most updated tax information."

Away from the office, Georgieva served as a Women In Business committee member for five years and is a member of the United Way allocations team.

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Director of Operations, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

As the director of operations for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Stephanie Hoffman strives to strengthen existing relationships and cultivate new ones, to help sustain and generate healthy operating revenue for the organization.

"Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing students the skills and knowledge necessary for future economic success," she says. "As director of operations, I provide support for JA staff and I’m responsible for event management, marketing and strategic development assistance."

Hoffman’s heart for the community shines both personally and professionally. In addition to her role with JA, she is also program co-chair of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee, which focuses on helping Southwest Florida women achieve their fullest potential.

Hoffman earned her BS in Marketing from Lutgert in 2006.

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Supply Chain Manager, Arthrex Inc.

Hasan Kajtezovic works as a supply chain manager at Arthrex Inc. During his decade-long tenure with the company, he has played a key role in the continued development of supplier relationships.

"My job is ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace. That flexibility helps Arthrex release more than 2,000 new products annually," he says. "I also helped co-found a trade group that worked with Florida Gulf Coast University to launch a supply chain undergraduate program in 2019."

Kajtezovic earned his MBA from FGCU in 2016 and has since joined the college’s adjunct faculty to help educate the next generation of supply chain leaders.

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