UWF inducted their third annual College of Business Hall of Fame Class on Thursday, November 9. The six inductees encapsulate the qualities that make the College an extraordinary place to learn and grow. Inductees are alumni or supporters who have excelled in their careers and positively impacted the College and community.
James Hosman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1999 and an MBA in 2001 from the University of West Florida. James serves as the Market President for Centennial Bank in Pensacola. He has a long history in commercial lending and has financed over $2 billion in projects along the Gulf Coast and Southeast.
James formerly served as Vice President for Florida First Capital Finance Corporation and Chief Operating Officer for Martin Construction. Additionally, he is a partner in a technology company, Accountingfly.com. He is a member of the SBDC Network’s “Lenders Hall of Fame” and was named as one of Florida Trend Magazine’s “Trendsetters: Today and Beyond.”
He currently serves on a number of boards and is the Chair of UWF’s Foundation Board, Chair of the Sacred Heart Foundation Board and Chair of NAIOP NWFL.
He has served as a mentor with the UWF Executive Mentor Program for the past 11 years and is also a mentor for The Spring Entrepreneur Hub.
James has logged thousands of hours volunteering for numerous organizations around Northwest Florida and Pensacola. Congratulations to James and all the inductees and thank you for being leaders and role models in our community.
The Hall of Fame was established in 2021 to celebrate individuals who embody the qualities that make the college an extraordinary place to learn and grow. Inductees are College of Business alumni or supporters who have excelled in their careers and positively impacted society. A committee of College of Business faculty and administrators and previous Hall of Fame inductees selected the 2023 members based on the following criteria: graduated from the UWF College of Business or supported the college in a meaningful way; exceptional career accomplishments; significant professional recognition; community involvement and recognition; and service to the College of Business and UWF.
“This Hall of Fame class is a reminder of why I am so proud to be an alumnus,” College of Business Dean Richard Fountain said. “Each of the inductees earned degrees in our college and encapsulates the qualities that make this a wonderful place to learn and grow. Congratulations to each of them on joining this exclusive club.”
The 2023 Hall of Fame class includes:
Jason Crawford ’04, ’10: Managing partner, One in a Row Ventures; immediate past board chair, UWF Foundation Board of Directors
James Hosman ’99, ’01: Market president, Centennial Bank; board chair, UWF Foundation Board of Directors; mentor, UWF Executive Mentor Program