American Free Enterprise Day Awards Four Business Students

November 2017

Palm Beach Atlantic University will recognize four business students with scholarships at its American Free Enterprise Day ceremonies Nov. 14.

This year marks the 32nd year of the event, which honors community business leaders who put into practice the principles of free enterprise in their lives and careers. It also has become a day to encourage future business leaders by conferring scholarships.


Elizabeth Johnson of Wagoner, Oklahoma will receive the Col. Marty Trauger Scholarship. Johnson is a senior majoring in finance. She has been involved in Beyond Charity through Microfinance club and various residence life activities on campus.

The scholarship was established by Col. Trauger who spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1970 as a colonel and deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Virginia. He then launched a new career at Palm Beach Atlantic as an assistant professor of business administration, teaching economics and marketing, while serving as the director of financial aid. Col. Trauger designed PBA’s course in American Free Enterprise. He was named distinguished professor of business administration in 1988, and in 1991 he became professor emeritus of business administration.




Delany Goble of Warsaw, Indiana will receive James & Annie Erneston Scholarship. A senior, Goble is majoring in marketing and is a part of the business mentorship program.

The scholarship was established by Steve Scalici ’95 and his wife Apryl Scalici ’96 in recognition of the Ernestons’ good works, generosity and faithfulness.The Ernestons themselves were honored during the 2010 American Free Enterprise event as companion medalists. James Erneston is a founder and the president of J & J Produce Inc., a year-round grower and distributor of fruit and vegetables along the East Coast. He and Annie, his wife of more than four decades, grew J & J Produce into the institution it is today.  



Ymaculiese Jean of North Miami will receive the Southern Self Storage Scholarship. Jean is a senior business management major and has participated in the American Marketing Association.

The scholarship was established by Southern Self Storage owners Robert A. McIntosh and Peter V. Cowie, who received PBA’s American Free Enterprise Companion Medal in 1999.



Chalsea Bent of West Palm Beach will receive the Susan L. Petersen Scholarship. She is a senior majoring in accounting.

The scholarship was established by Misty Travani and Darline Richter in honor of their friend and mentor Suzy Petersen, who led the way for women in the accounting industry and championed the advancement of women in accounting throughout her career. Petersen received the AFE Companion Medal in 1987 as did Travani and Richter in 2008. 


The American Free Enterprise Day ceremony is set for 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Rubin Arena of the Greene Complex for Sports & Recreation, 1100 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. The event is free and open to the public.

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