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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida elects new board of directors

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 22, 2020) – Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce its incoming board of directors, elected to serve through 2021.

The board of directors will be led by chair, Scott Fischer, CEO of Scott Fischer Enterprises; vice chair, Jeff Fusco, senior vice president for Bank OZK; past chair, Curt Todd, senior vice president for Wells Fargo; treasurer, Tom Pitser, PIM manager at Robert W. Baird & Co.; secretary, Suzanne Specht, small business consultant for Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University; and members-at-large Andrew Buschle, senior vice president for Bank of America Private Bank; Sean Friend, vice president, branch group manager Lee County for IBERIABANK; and Gary Tasman, CEO and principal broker for Cushman & Wakefield, Commercial Property Southwest Florida.

The board of directors also includes members Carlos Artime, director of career and technical education at Collier County Public Schools; Jason Brewer, market president for Truist (formerly BB&T); Jason Duke, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Kenny James, CEO of James Advisory Group; Nancy Korista, HR consultant and SHRM partnership director; Justin Land, chief investment strategist for Wasmer Schroeder Strategies of Charles Schwab Investment Management; Michael Traficante, shareholder for Grant Fridkin Pearson, P.A.; and Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, owner of Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group.

“Members of our board of directors are invaluable to our organization, and we are pleased to welcome our incoming 2020-21 members and executive officers,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “We are fortunate to have dedicated members who bring forward a wealth of knowledge about the world of business and we are excited to tap into their expertise as we work to prepare younger generations for future success.”

Board members of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida are responsible for managing the business, assets and activities of the organization and maintain the authority to determine key business policies and practices. Fundamental roles of board members include trusteeship, strategic planning, policy and evaluation and resource development.

 

About Junior Achievement:

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in more than 107 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with classroom business volunteers during the 2019-2020 school year to provide nearly 70,000 hours of instruction to nearly 10,500 students in 453 classes throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

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