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FSU alumnus John Crossman adds another honor to his illustrious career; College of Business inducts him into its prestigious 2013 Hall of Fame

John M. Crossman, president of Crossman & Company, a much sought-after speaker and writer on national retail issues and a passionate mentor of college students, will be inducted into the Florida State University College of Business 2013 Hall of Fame.

A 1993 graduate of the FSU real estate program, Crossman will join a prestigious group of successful business leaders on Thursday, April 11, when he is recognized for his professional accomplishments and community contributions at the 11th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony held at the Florida State Turnbull Conference Center. At, 41, he is the youngest College of Business graduate to receive this honor.

Since 2003, the college has honored alumni who embody the qualities that make the College of Business an extraordinary place to learn and grow. Like Crossman, other Hall of Fame inductees have excelled in their careers and made significant contributions to the college.

Rainmaker and head of Crossman & Company, one of the largest retail leasing and management firms in the Southeastern United States, Crossman oversees day to day operations. A prolific writer and speaker, he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CBS News Radio, Shopping Centers Today, South Florida CEO and business journals throughout Florida.

In addition, Crossman is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and holds several leadership positions including the RECon Advisory Board, NOI+ Committee, CRP/CSM Admissions and Governing Committee and a member of the Foundation Board of Directors. A former member of FSU’s Field and Track Team, Crossman is a director of the executive advisory board of the FSU Center for Real Estate Education and Research and a retail executive board member for the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida. In 2005, he established the Crossman & Company Scholarship at FSU.

Crossman has been recognized numerous times as a top producing broker in Central Florida and the Southeast and was selected for inclusion in the Orlando Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 and 40 Under 40. He earned the latter distinction from the Florida Business Journal. In addition, he was nominated as the Orlando publication’s Most Influential Businessman and Top 10 Businessmen to Watch in Central Florida.

“John’s service to the community and FSU is exemplary,” said alumnus Mark Hillis, who nominated Crossman for the Hall of Fame award and serves on the board of the FSU Center for Real Estate Education and Research executive board with him. “He promotes FSU, its real estate program, and track and field team at every opportunity...and is extremely active as a mentor of FSU students and employs numerous FSU graduates.” 

In addition to Crossman, two other College of Business alumni will be honored at the event:

Donna Abood, CEO and founding partner of Colliers International South Florida who earned her marketing degree in 1981.          

Francis “Frank” J. Nardozza, who earned a degree in accounting in 1977 from FSU, is chairman and CEO of REH Capital Partners, LLC, which provides investment, transactional and advisory services to the real estate and hospitality industries.

-Barbara Ash

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