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Published: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 11:47 p.m.
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Keynote speaker ESPN College Football GameDay analyst Lee Corso regaled the banquet crowd with stories of his college and football-coach days.

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For his work unveiling collusion among contractors doing business with the state of Florida - as well as establishing a key master's degree program in the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business - James T. McClave, founder and president of Info Tech Inc., was named Gainesville Entrepreneur of the Year by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thursday night.
This award, presented each year to the individual who has done the most to foster entrepreneurial opportunities within Gainesville, was announced at the annual CEI dinner at the Hilton UF Conference Center.
The Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to William R. Hough of St. Petersburg and Susan B. Washer was presented the S. Clark Butler Entrepreneur of the Year award. Both are UF alumni.
The annual awards event was emceed by Arnold A. Heggestad, director of UF's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and included a keynote address by ESPN College Football GameDay analyst Lee Corso.
Corso - who proudly and laughingly said his big college plus was being roommate with actor Burt Reynolds - seriously recommended that everyone in the audience - which included a full house of UF brass, politicians, business people and students - "never prostitute your job for your integrity."
He was presented an official document dedicating a brick at Emerson Hall in his honor. He is a graduate of Florida State University.
McClave thanked his wife, children and his parents for "keeping my nose to the grindstone." He noted that this honor would appear in his hometown paper and church bulletin in Steubenville, Ohio.
McClave has taught statistics and econometrics at UF as an adjunct professor. InfoTech has provided statistical and consulting services for hundreds of clients, ranging from the Environmental Protection Agency to General Motors. He has been qualified to serve as an expert witness in federal and state courts involved with litigations in antitrust, discrimination, trademark infringement. business and real estate valuation, labor disputes and many others.
The Gainesville company employs 200 and has three offices in the United States and one in Manila.
Last year's winner was Darin Cook, founder and president of Infinite Energy, Inc.
Hough, financial analyst with RBC Dain Rauscher and former CEO of William R. Hough & Co. (which was recently acquired by RBC Dain Rauscher) has donated $1.5 million to the Hough Program in Finance, which allows students to attain a master's degree in finance in one year. His gifts were matched with $250,000 from a special fund set up through Machen's Faculty Challenge initiative and was eligible for $1 million in state matching funds. The Hough program is in its fourth year.
Hough was the first MBA to graduate from UF, in 1951, and attributes his success to being in the "right place at the right time," and learning early - in junior high - how to find money in undervalued stocks and securities. His firm has annual sales of nearly $53 million.
Last year's winner was Jeffrey G. Gold, president and CEO of CryoVascular Systems.
Washer is president and CEO of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation in Alachua. The Butler award is presented to an outstanding UF alumnus under the age of 45 who has created a successful entrepreneurial venture.
Applied Genetic Technologies is developing gene therapies for the treatment of acquired and inherited genetic diseases.
It has the distinction of raising more than $15 million in venture capital - the largest investment of any biotech startup in Florida.
Washer, who said she originally wanted to be a pharmacist and worked 10 years with a Abbot Labs and Eli Lilly, has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University and an masters from the UF, where she was one of the first graduates of the Warrington College of Business Entrepreneurship program Last year's winner was Howard J. Leonhardt, founder, CEO and chairman of Bioheart.
Marina Blomberg can be reached at 374-5025 or blombem@gvillesun.com. Entrepreneurship awards
  • James T. McClave, founder and president of Info Tech Inc., was named Gainesville Entrepreneur of the Year by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thursday night.
  • William R. Hough of St. Petersburg was presented with the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year award.
  • Susan B. Washer, president and CEO of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation in Alachua, was presented the S. Clark Butler Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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