Torch Awards spotlight shines on FIU Business alumni.

 01-26-2023  Cynthia Corzo

Four FIU Business alumni were recognized with the 2022 Torch Award for making positive impacts on their profession, the community and the university.

Given by the FIU Alumni Association, the Torch Awards were created in memory of Senator Ernest R. Graham, who helped establish FIU 50 years ago.

Proceeds from the annual Torch Awards Gala benefit the First Generation Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to undergraduate students who are the first generation in their families to attain a college degree.

Since the program began in 2006, more than 10,000 First Generation Scholarships have been awarded to FIU students. Additionally, funds will be allocated for the future construction of the FIU Alumni Center.

Four FIU Business alumni were honored with 2022 Torch Awards:

  • Jeanelle Boscan (MBA’07, BBA '05), Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources, Ocean Bank - Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award
  • Barbara Pestana-Cartaya (BBA ’02), Director of U.S. Sales & Marketing, Neostrata, Johnson & Johnson - Community Leadership Award
  • Eddy Augsten (BBA '02), Founder, WealthEngage – Entrepreneurial Leadership Award
  • Eric Maldonado (BBA ’86), Senior Vice president and Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Service Sales, IHS Markit - Distinguished Alumni Award

For more information on the Torch Awards, visit

About the Author:

Cynthia Corzo is associate director of communications at FIU Business and a reporter for BizNews. An experienced journalist, before joining FIU Business she was editor-in-chief of Hispanic Market Weekly. Earlier in her career was a business reporter at the Miami Herald and senior reporter at El Nuevo Herald for 15 years.

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