Four Crummer Alumni Named to Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List
Honored alumni include real estate, marketing, and city leaders in Central Florida.
Four Crummer alumni have been honored as Central Florida’s top young leaders, innovators, and dealmakers in the Orlando Business Journal’s 2022 40 Under 40 announcement.
Beau Blackerby ’10MBA, President & CEO, RRB Partners; Kevin Brancheau, P.E. ’17MBA, Assistant Project Manager, Brightline; Lisa Curran (Kolbjornsen) ’15MBA, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, Orlando Utilities Commission; and Carmen Rasnick, MBA, CNU-A ’13HH ’16MBA, Fiscal Manager, City of Orlando were named to the list.
The Orlando Business Journal selects Central Florida leaders that go above and beyond not only in the workforce, but also in the Central Florida community. They are entrepreneurs and corporate superstars, job creators and innovators who are playing a key role in shaping the future of Central Florida.
This year’s Crummer honorees have stepped up in uncertain times, after a year of pandemic-related closures and openings. They continue to show resilience and a commitment to making an impact in their communities.
“Having four Crummer alumni named to the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 is a true testament to the Crummer program and its transformative ability to build our students into community leaders,” said Dr. Deborah Crown, Dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. “I am so proud of these four budding leaders and excited to see how they continue to innovate and impact their communities.”
Beau Blackerby ‘10MBA, President and CEO, RRB Partners
After receiving his MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in 2010, Beau Blackerby had his sights set on breaking into the commercial real estate business.
Just over 10 years later, he’s the President and CEO of RRB Partners, a commercial real estate firm in Central Florida. They most recently closed on a $2.8 million deal in Saint Cloud to start developing ten acres of commercial property.
Two years after graduating from Crummer, Blackerby decided to start his own firm. With the confidence he gained from the Crummer MBA program and the tutelage of his father, who spent his entire career in commercial real estate, Blackerby launched RRB Partners. They landed their first big deal to develop 200,000 square feet in Panama City and have since used that as a launchpad and foothold of credibility in the commercial real estate market.
Blackerby says what sets RRB Partners apart from other larger commercial real estate firms is their commitment to developing personal relationships with clients. Identifying as a boutique firm, Blackerby is fully focused on the client and their needs.
Carmen Rasnick, MBA, CNU-A ’13HH ’16MBA, Fiscal Manager, City of Orlando
Carmen Rasnick, MBA, CNU-A is a Fiscal Manager for the City of Orlando who is recognized as a passionate steward of her community and is responsible for the planning and management of the $31 million budget supporting the Information Technology department.
Her experience working in the public and private sectors provides her with a unique perspective on how to plan, develop, and manage the growth of communities. Carmen has left her imprint on Orlando and Central Florida from assisting in the development of $522 million of real estate in downtown Orlando’s Creative Village, to advancing innovative policy in the Orange Blossom Trail and International Drive Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs), and her work on the City of Orlando’s $437 million Capital Improvement Plan. She is passionate about growing her community through the utilization of public-private partnerships, innovative policy, and sound financial planning. She has published several articles related to community development in Florida Planning, the official publication for the American Planning Association Florida Chapter.
In the community, Carmen lends her time and expertise to several professional and community organizations, including serving as the Treasurer for the Central Florida chapters of the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association, volunteering to teach local youth about finance at Elevate Orlando and 8 Cents in a Jar. She is also a Volunteer Captain at Second Harvest Food Bank and in 2021, spearheaded the creation of GetREAL, a partnership comprised of professionals from several organizations focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the real estate and planning industries in Central Florida.
Kevin Brancheau, P.E. ’17MBA, Assistant Project Manager, Brightline
Kevin Brancheau, PE has served as Assistant Project Manager at Brightline since April of 2019 and is responsible for the construction of Brightline’s East-West Corridor along SR 528 from Orlando International Airport to Cocoa, FL. Specifically, Kevin has worked on the alignment along the Central Florida Expressway portion of SR 528, which extends 21.4 miles and includes construction of railroad bridges over Narcoossee Rd., SR 417 and SR 520. In September 2020, Kevin made history as he oversaw the construction of the railroad underpass at Goldenrod Rd., just north of the airport. The project marked the first-time box jacking was used in the southeast and only the third time the technology was used in North America.
Kevin previously served as Area Project Engineer at The Lane Construction Corporation, a construction firm that specializes in transportation and heavy civil construction from January 2012 to April 2019. During his time at Lane, Kevin worked on a variety of projects including CFX’s interchange for at SR 528 and Innovation Way/Sunbridge Parkway in East Orange County and multiple roadway projects widening West Colonial Drive (SR 50) in Ocoee.
Lisa Curran (Kolbjornsen) ’15MBA, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, Orlando Utilities Commission
Lisa is the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement at the Orlando Utilities Commission. An experienced marketing and community relations leader, Lisa has a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry, with over 11 years of experience at OUC.
Lisa is very passionate about corporate social responsibility and building a strong community. She graduated from the Professional MBA program at the Crummer Graduate School of Business in 2015.
To view the full list of 40 Under 40 honorees, visit the Orlando Business Journal.