Feb 02, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alumni of the Year

2019 Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Brian Sganga - 2019 Alumnus of the Year, Associate of Science

Brian Sganga is the 2019 Florida Gateway College Alumnus of the year. Mr. Sganga received his first post-secondary degree in 1988, a Bachelor in Arts in Economics from the University of Florida. He then earned his Juris Doctorate in 1991 from the University of Florida College of Law.

FGC recognizes Brian, because more than 20 years after earning a law degree, he graduated from Florida Gateway College, Summa Cum Laude, in 2013, with his Associate of Science degree in the Physical Therapy Assistant program.

After years of operating a successful law practice Brian, and his wife Melinda, decided to open an outpatient physical therapy practice in Lake City. Brian would continue to work in the Law Practice and Melinda would run Pro Motion Therapy. For 4 years, the practice grew and the Sganga’s decided Brian would work full time operating the practice’s office.  In order to understand better what his wife’s job entailed he decided to go back to school.

Since his graduation, the Pro Motion practice allied itself with Fyzical Therapy and Balance centers. In 2016 Fyzical was awarded growth practice of the year and this year is nominated for nationwide practice of the year.

Brian is very active in the community serving as the former president of the Lake City Kiwanis club. He still volunteers with Kiwanis Kids day and other events sponsored by the club. On Brian’s time at Florida Gateway College, he said, “I thought after going through law school and passing the bar exam, that a 2 year degree was going to be a piece of cake.” “But what I found was that the PTA program was extraordinarily challenging and tough.” “I can also say FGC did a tremendous job preparing me for the Physical Therapy business.”

Brian and his wife Melinda have been married since 2007. They have three daughters Rachel, Cassidy and Kennedy.