5 Rollins Alumni Recognized as Orlando’s 40 Under 40

November 14, 2019

By Stephanie Rizzo ’09

Five Rollins graduates whose successes are defined by their leadership and community focus have been selected for Orlando Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 Awards.

Orlando Business Journal has released its annual list of 40 Under 40 Award winners, and five Rollins graduates have made the cut. Each year, the publication recognizes individuals whose successes are defined by their business acumen and community leadership. The 2019 honorees span a variety of industries, including health care, hospitality, real estate, STEM, business, and more. Among the Rollins graduates honored are an aerospace engineer, a founding member of a tech company, and an alumnus-turned-professor.

Award winners were nominated by their peers. To be eligible, nominees must be under 40, occupy a leadership position, engage in some form of giving back, and work in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, or Brevard counties. Here’s a look at the five Rollins grads recognized this year and how these global citizens and responsible leaders are making a difference in their fields and communities.

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Sergie Albino ’10MBA

Co-Founder/CEO, EcoSpears

In addition to his work as an aerospace engineer for NASA, Sergie Albino ’10MBA is a successful social entrepreneur promoting a cleaner environment through sustainable green technologies. An adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, he was able to launch his company EcoSpears with help from Rollins’ Crummer-NASA entrepreneurial partnership.

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Brian Boone ’09

President, Hylant Group

As president of one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms, international business major Brian Boone ’09—who participated in various service and leadership activities throughout his time at Rollins—oversees employee development and business growth for Hylant Group’s Orlando office.

Nolan Kline leads a discussion-based class.Nolan Kline leads a discussion-based class.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Nolan Kline ’08

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Rollins College

Having benefited from the personalized learning environment and close-knit relationships he developed at Rollins, Nolan Kline ’08 returned to the College as an anthropology professor in 2016. As a professor, he’s continuing the work he started as a student, focusing on farmworker and LGBTQ+ rights, inequalities in HIV/AIDS care, food insecurity, voter rights restoration, early child development, and Latinx homelessness.

Lydnsey Lang poses for a portait in Fattmerchant's downtown office.Lydnsey Lang poses for a portait in Fattmerchant's downtown office.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Lyndsey Lang ’14

Chief Strategy Officer, Fattmerchant

Communication studies major Lyndsey Lang ’14 was Fattmerchant’s first hire and a founding member of the Orlando-based startup that was launched in 2014 to help small businesses save money on credit-card processing fees. Lang serves as the company’s managing director and attributes much of her success to learning how to think, not what to think, at Rollins.

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Alex Rosario ’04 ’05MBA

Principal/North Florida Market Leader, Foundry Commercial

As co-leader of agency leasing for commercial real estate development company Foundry Commercial, political science major Alex Rosario ’04 ’05MBA has negotiated more than $750 million of real estate transactions on an office portfolio that exceeds 4 million square feet.

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