Outstanding Graduate Finds Creativity in Numbers

December 2017

Senior Aaron Katanic, finance major from West Palm Beach, finds creativity through numbers and computers as he plans to pursue a career in actuarial science upon graduating.


Katanic was named the Rinker School of Business Outstanding Graduate for the 2017 fall commencement.

“I want to create things and solve problems,” says Katanic. “I get the same satisfaction craftsmen do when they create something with their hands, except I create things with computers and spreadsheets rather than wood and screws.”

Katanic enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18 and was deployed to Afghanistan as an Airborne Infantryman for three years of service. Enlisting was a way to discover and find himself, Katanic says.

After returning to the U.S., Katanic moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where he attended Tallahassee Community College, earning an associate of arts with honors. He was able to do so by the GI bill, which provides educational assistance to veterans. In addition to school, Katanic used his free time to train in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and won two amateur fights.

Shortly after marrying his wife Hannah, the couple moved back to West Palm Beach where he enrolled at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Since beginning classes in 2014, Katanic has become involved with Urban Youth Impact’s after school program and summer camp for inner city children.

“I can really appreciate what a blessing it is to have teachers that are willing to pray during class and talk about scripture in a respectful way,” says Katanic.

Katanic and his wife have one son named Soloman and plan to foster and adopt as many children as they are able. He and his family attend Boynton Beach Community Church.

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