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Al Warrington started working at the age of 8 delivering newspapers in suburban Philadelphia. He paid his way through UF with jobs that included cleaning fraternity houses. After graduating, he went on to serve in numerous leadership positions for more than 30 years at Arthur Andersen & Co., one of the nation’s largest accounting firms. He created the Houston-based environmental company Sanifill, Inc., which has since merged to become Waste Management, Inc., the nation’s largest environmental services company. Warrington is also founder of the Atlanta-based health and beauty aids manufacturer House of Cheatham, Inc. and a founding member of other Texas-based companies, including Frontier Waste, Houston Plating and Coating and Gulf Coast Mechanical.
As the namesake of the Warrington College of Business, he has strongly supported the university and its aspiration to rise among the top public institutions. He is UF’s first $100 million donor, founding member of the UF Board of Trustees and past president of both the UF Alumni Association and Gator Boosters. In 1979, he was named a University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus and was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Fisher School of Accounting in 1985. To honor his years of service and support of Gator Boosters, Warrington was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.