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N<br /> OTHING BUT<br /> NET-WORKING!<br /> TOM FOLLIARD JR. ’89<br /> IN THIS ISSUE><br /> PASSION FOR SPACE—AND SMALLNESS<br /> SERENDIPITY OF THE SINGING FISH<br /> LESSONS LEARNED IN PERSEVERANCE<br /> UNFORGIVING FUNPresident’s Perspective<br /> Dear Florida Tech Alumni and Friends,<br /> It was Pablo Picasso who said, “Action is the<br /> foundational key to all success.” Your university<br /> believes this deeply, and our alumni, students,<br /> faculty and staff are constantly in motion<br /> making contributions felt far and wide.<br /> This issue’s cover story profiling CarMax<br /> CEO Tom Folliard Jr. is a great example. I<br /> hope you enjoy reading about an alumnus who turned hard work<br /> on the basketball court into phenomenal success on the car lot.<br /> Determination and action are key ingredients to any success in life.<br /> So is preparation. I was pleased to get the call this spring that<br /> Florida Tech was one<a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=1">N OTHING BUT NET-WORKING! 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For CarMax CEO Tom Follia</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=23"> With a new baby on the way and a freshly earned b</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=24"> Around the same time, bygone home electronics gia</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 25" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=25"> from one superstore in Richmond with a 500-vehi- </a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 26" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=26">Don Platt: Passion for Space—and Smallness The</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 27" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=27"> Platt has a long-held interest in making </a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 28" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=28"> Plainfin midshipman fish build nests in very shal</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 29" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=29">Serendipity of the Singing Fish A shared fascin</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 30" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=30">Alumni Profile Colleen McAleer: Lessons Learned i</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 31" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=31"> What’s your story? Send thoughts to fltechtoday@f</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 32" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=32">Faculty Profile </a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 33" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=33"> Some of what Shenker asks of his students</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 34" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=34">Panther Athletics Indelible Ink Recr</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 35" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=35"> Panther Athletics Florida Tech Presi</a> <a title="Florida Tech Today - Spring 2012 page 36" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cce1d8fc?page=36">Alumni News Notes share your news! 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