USF Announces 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni

USFSP alumni Hannibal Baldwin (left) and Reuben Pressman (right) named as Outstanding Young Alumni.

USF St. Petersburg alumni Hannibal Baldwin (left) and Reuben Pressman (right) named to the newest class of USF Outstanding Young Alumni.

Seven University of South Florida alumni age 35 and younger, including two USF St. Petersburg graduates, will be recognized as Outstanding Young Alumni for their exceptional professional and charitable contributions.

The award recipients boast an array of accomplishments, from visionary entrepreneurs changing the marketplace through innovation and tenacity to a lawyer committed to philanthropy and public service to a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player who has excelled in business and charity. The USF Outstanding Young Alumni will receive their awards on May 18 at a special ceremony followed by a panel discussion where they’ll share some of their secrets for success.

USF’s Outstanding Young Alumni for 2018 are:

Hannibal L. Baldwin, Finance ’11, USF St. Petersburg – co-founder and co-CEO of award-winning tech company SiteZeus; co-founder of the popular Yogurtology franchise; and co-founder of B3 Ventures private equity and venture capital fund

Reuben Pressman, Entrepreneurship ’11, USF St. Petersburg – founder and CEO of Presence, an education technology platform used by more than 100 higher educational institutions to increase student engagement, graduation rates, and workforce readiness; also deeply involved in community nonprofits and economic development in St. Petersburg

R. Grant Baxley, Management Information Systems ’07 – founder and CEO of TeleVoIPs, a Tampa-based telecom company serving businesses across the country; named Emerging Technology Leader of the Year, Technology Connector of the Year, and earned TeleVoIPs a USF Fast 56 award for growing businesses

Vincent Terrell Jackson, Management ’16 – former San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver; co-owner of multiple successful Tampa Bay businesses including CTV Capital real estate investment firm and Cask Social Kitchen; founder-president of Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, a Pro Players Insiders Top 10 NFL Player Foundation

Maja Lacevic, English and International Studies ’09 – arrived in the United States as a Bosnian war refugee and is now a business transactions and health care attorney with Trenam Law; has been steadfast in her dedication to service through groups including USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division

Joel Raney, Civil Engineering ’11 – CEO of Raney’s Inc., an online retailer of custom accessories for trucks that has made repeat appearances on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing companies and is a two-time top 25 USF Fast 56 award recipient; founder of South Florida Strong, a USF apparel company

Dr. Venessa Walker, Biomedical Sciences ’04 – chiropractic physician, owner of Walker Chiropractic and Wellness Center and an international health and wellness speaker dedicated to numerous charitable causes, from work with USF alumni groups to religious groups to civic groups, including Boys and Girls Clubs and the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Links, Inc.

The awards ceremony and panel discussion featuring the 2018 recipients is planned for 6 p.m. May 18 at the Gibbons Alumni Center in Tampa. Tickets are $50 and go on sale March 1 at www.usfalumni.org/oyaa.