Inaugural Event Honors 'Shining Knights' Alumni
Four individuals were recognized for their outstanding service and philanthropy at the Shining Knights Alumni Awards held at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center as part of Homecoming activities on Oct. 13.
The Shining Knights Alumni Awards is a program that highlights UCF Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving’s three major awards: Young Alumni Award, John C. and Martha Hitt Honorary Alumni Award, and Distinguished Alumni Award. It was implemented this year in place of the now retired Black and Gold Gala.
This year’s honorees were:
- Carey Sobel ’09, Young Alumni Award
- Loretta Corey H’17 and Michael Corey H’17, Honorary Alumni Award
- Michael Manglardi ’84, Distinguished Alumni Award
“We are proud of this incredible and faithful group of UCF supporters,” said Julie C. Stroh, senior associate vice president for Advancement, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving. “They all have given back to the UCF community with their time, talent and treasure. On behalf of UCF Alumni, it is our honor to thank them for their service and for representing the best of UCF as our inaugural Shining Knights.”
Sobel, a management graduate of the College of Business, was a member of this year’s 30 Under 30 class that honors young alumni who have made significant achievements early in their careers. He has started eight businesses in Central Florida, ranging from hospitality, marketing, entertainment and real estate/brokerage, all before the age of 30.
He currently serves as partner and chief strategy officer for Three21, a full-service digital marketing company that has grown into a multi-million-dollar, award-winning agency. The firm employs many UCF alumni, and offers internships to UCF, Valencia and Full Sail students. Sobel is also a partner at Boss Group International, a business brokerage firm where he helps people buy and sell businesses.
An avid UCF fan and supporter, he is a board member of the Young Alumni Chapter and the UCF College of Business Alumni Chapter, actively participates in speaking engagements for students, and is also involved in the College of Business mentorship program.
The Coreys are parents of three UCF graduates and have been longtime supporters of UCF. They have traveled all over the United States and to Dublin to cheer on the Knights football team, and they maintain a box at Spectrum Stadium where their family can gather every home football game.
They are as equally invested in the importance of education. In addition to their major gift commitment to the Everyday Champions program, which provides scholarships for student-athletes, they recently contributed to the new downtown campus.
Loretta Corey is also the founding co-chair of the UCF Parent and Family Philanthropy Council and serves on the UCF Foundation Board.
Manglardi, a political science graduate from the College of Sciences, was recognized with the highest honor given to a UCF graduate, the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award has been given annually since 1979.
He is a former chair of the UCF Alumni Board and member of the Golden Knights Club Board of Directors, and is emeritus director of the UCF Foundation Board. Two of his sons and four of his nieces and nephews have all graduated from UCF, and his son Jonathan is currently pursuing his degree.
Manglardi, who has built a successful law career in Central Florida, has offered UCF students internships and job shadowing experiences, spoken for LEAD Scholars and UCF commencement, and has contributed annually since 1988.
He previously received the Service to UCF Award in 2004 and the Jefferson Award’s Lifetime of Service in 2010, which recognizes outstanding public service by alumni to the organization and the community.
UCF Advancement senior leadership and the UCF Alumni Board selected this year’s honorees.