Emerging Business Leader Awards
2017 Award Recipients
Graduate Division Recipient
Iliana Montoya is an accounting graduate student at the George Mason University School of Business. She is currently working on completing the examination requirement for her CPA license. After transferring from Northern Virginia Community College, Montoya received her BS in accounting from Mason. At Mason she has had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for the Dream-Catchers program, a member of the Mason Honor Committee, an officer of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, and as an officer of Beta Alpha Psi. She’s eternally grateful for Mason faculty and donors who have helped her achieve her personal and academic goals. After graduation, Montoya plans to start her career as an external auditor at Ernst & Young, and hopes to work in the real estate, hospitality, and construction practice.
Undergraduate Division Recipient
Nema Djavadi is a senior in the Honors College with a major in finance and a minor in economics, graduating in fall 2017. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has interned for firms such as Bloomberg BNA, Bentley Motors, and Engility, doing work in all fields of business including accounting, sales, finance, and analytics. He currently works as a price to win analyst at Engility. On campus, he has served on the Student Government Senate, tutored for the finance department, and has been an active member in the Greek community, helping to raise thousands of dollars for the Fairfax County Family Services department. As for his professional goals, Djavadi hopes to acquire a job in the financial services industry focusing on investment banking.