Sponsors named for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s 2016 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is proud to announce the sponsors of the 2016 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, to be held on Tuesday, May 3 with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. This year’s event title sponsors are BB&T Bank and BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company. Gold event sponsors include Aubuchon Team of Companies, Chico’s FAS Inc., Comcast and Home-Tech Consolidated, Inc. During the event, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Gary Aubuchon, president of Aubuchon Team of Companies, and Steve Marino, president and CEO of Home-Tech Consolidated, Inc., into its Business Hall of Fame, Lee County.

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The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Aubuchon and Marino will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1999. For more information about the event, including table and individual ticket sales, visit www.JASWFL.org.

Business sponsorships are still available and include entrance to the event with premium diamond sponsorships at $10,000, platinum level sponsorships for $8,000 and gold level sponsorships for $5,500. These levels include eight seats, with an additional two seats reserved for students. Additional sponsorships available are silver sponsor level for $2,000, which includes eight seats with two additional seats for students, and bronze sponsor level for $1,000, which includes four seats at a reserved table. Individual seats are also available for $250 each.

Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Junior Achievement students attending the event will have an opportunity to practice their etiquette skills while interacting with local professionals. Additionally, full-page and half-page advertisements are available in the event program book for $1,000 and $500 respectively. To reserve tables, individual tickets or to become a sponsor, call the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590 or visit www.JASWFL.org. Proceeds benefit local Junior Achievement programs.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA):

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. JA of Southwest Florida programs are delivered to students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties 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 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.JA.org for more information. For more information about JA of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida welcomes Karl Williams as Chairman of volunteers

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has appointed long-time volunteer and retired business executive Karl Williams to lead its volunteer services division, leading the more than 600 volunteers that support the mission and operations of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

A retired General Electric executive, Williams relocated to Naples, Florida in 2008.  During his 35-year career at GE, he was involved in all aspects of product development in their aerospace, telecommunications and electrical distribution businesses. Before retiring, he was the Technology General Manager for Industrial Systems leading a global product development organization with design centers in the U.S., Europe, India and China. His education includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. He is also a graduate of the Edison Engineering program and several management courses at GE.

Williams is currently a Managing Member for O3 Hygienics, a start-up company that develops and sells ozone generators used for water/ice purification, food processing and laundry cleaning applications.

“I tried retirement, but just playing golf just wasn’t fulfilling for me,” said Williams. “At the Conservancy, they’ve really allowed me to use my for-profit business experience and to work collaboratively with staff and management to provide operational review and recommendations.”

For example, Williams was integral in the creation of a business plan for facility rentals and brings organizational structure to the volunteer program.

“Most importantly, working at the Conservancy allows me to play an integral role in educating members and guests about Florida’s environment and encouraging others to get involved,” said Williams. “I worry about the next generation and want to see my children and grandchildren enjoy and appreciate the natural environment that we enjoy today in Southwest Florida.”

Since 2009, Williams has donated more than 1,300 hours as a volunteer for the Conservancy. In addition to serving as Chairman of volunteers, he is vice-chair of the Conservancy’s Marketing Committee and is an active volunteer for outreach presentations.

“With his vast experience in the business world, Karl brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the Conservancy,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO, Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “In addition to providing hands-on operational leadership and consultation, he is an exceptional volunteer that goes above and beyond for the organization. He is passionate about supporting the mission of the Conservancy and we are fortunate to have him on our leadership team.”

In addition to his role at the Conservancy, his volunteer activities included positions on the Institute of Electrical Engineers Syracuse Chapter Executive Committee, GE Elfun Society volunteer activities, Virginia Region 2000 Strategic Planning Committee, Junior Achievement, and the GE Women’s Network, where he served as a mentor. Since retiring, Williams has become a volunteer with SCORE Naples, mentoring entrepreneurs to help local small business grow and succeed. He led the local SCORE Chapter from 2013-2015. He is also the Board President for the Naples Players and on the Board of Directors for the International Men’s Club of America.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida invites new volunteers to join the organization and help protect our region’s water, land, wildlife and future. Learn more about becoming a Conservancy Volunteer at www.conservancy.org/get-involved/volunteer.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida educates students with seven-week educational program

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida recently held a seven-week educational program for students of Vineyards Elementary School in Naples. The students of Angela Roche’s fifth grade class had the opportunity to learn a variety of topics related to the world of business, including free enterprise, entrepreneurship, job skills, Field Trip 1resume creation and interviews, STEM education, communication skills and the global economy. The program ended Dec. 11 with a class field trip to the Inn on Fifth in Naples. This educational experience was part of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s 5-8-GRADUATE Initiative, which caters to fifth grade, eighth grade and high school students in Lee, Collier andField Trip 2 Charlotte counties, focusing on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Andy Buschle, vice president of BB&T and vice-chair of the board for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, volunteered as the educator for this program, visiting the Vineyards Elementary classroom once a week for 45-minute education sessions. On the last day of the program, students took a field trip to the Inn on Fifth to tour the property and meet with Phil McCabe, 2012 Laureate for the Junior Achievement of Southwest FloridField Trip 4a Business Hall of Fame. McCabe shared his background with the students including entrepreneurial thoughts, the importance of the Inn on Fifth staff, answered questions and shared his passion for the Naples area. Transportation was provided by Naples Transportation and BB&T.

“Programs like this provide a great opportunity for students to obtain an educated and realistic perspective of business and the economy,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “Our goal is to inspire young people to create their own success in the business Field Trip 6world, and it is wonderful to have volunteers and Junior Achievement supporters to offer their time and service to the future business leaders of our nation.”

For more information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, or to learn how to get your school or business involved, call 239-225-2590, email info@jaswfl.org or visit www.JASWFL.org.

About JuniorField Trip 3 Achievement USA® (JA):

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. JA of Southwest Florida programs are delivered to students in Collier, Lee andField Trip 5 Charlotte counties 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 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.JA.org for more information. For more information about JA of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

 
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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces 2016 Advisory Board for Business Hall of Fame, Lee County

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida announces the members of its 2016 Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, Advisory Board. The committee will be led by chairman, Brad Shultz, senior relationship manager at Wells Fargo Bank and vice chairman Travis Merrick, branch manager with GFA International,Brad Shultz Inc.

Other members selected to this year’s board include: Bob Bassett, Lee County market president of BB&T Bank; Jeff Beal,
commercial accounts analyst for Brown and Brown Insurance; Scott Beatty, attorney at Henderson Franklin; Lindsey Calvert, account executive at Office Furniture & Design Concepts; Justin Damiano, manager of government affairs for Comcast Cable; Jason Duke, first vice president, financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Cary Kleinfield, MBA, CFP®, principal of Kleinfield Wealth Group; Brian Sanders, senior accountant at Forrester, Hart, Belisle, and Whitaker; and Gay Rebel Thompson, CEO of Cement Industries.

The advisory board is responsible for selecting the Laureates for the 2016 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Lee County, in recognition of their service as positive role models to youth and significant contributions to the local business community. The laureates will be honored at the Business Hall of Fame awards ceremony on May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, visit www.JASWFL.org.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA):

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. JA of Southwest Florida programs are delivered to students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties 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 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 118 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit www.JA.org for more information. For more information about JA of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

Junior Achievement fosters school adoption for local elementary school in need

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CNLBank supports Bonita Springs Elementary School with annual “Adopt a School Supply Drive”

Dozens of school supplies were donated to Bonita Springs Elementary School on Aug. 19 through the fundraising efforts of five Southwest Florida branches of CNLBank. The successful “Adopt a School Supply Drive” was fostered through Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida’s mutual partnership with CNLBank and Bonita Springs Elementary School and will result in  future “JA in a Day” volunteering opportunities with the partnering business and school.

A long-time and invaluablthumbnailQRY26TMXe partner of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, CNLBank reached out to the organization to connect them to a school that would benefit greatly from the company’s annual “Adopt a School Supply Drive.” Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida made the introduction between CNLBank and Bonita Springs Elementary School and the fundraising efforts commenced. Throughout the months of July and August, CNLBank raised supplies to fulfill the school’s wish list of necessary school materials, including writing utensils, notebooks, folders, binders and other various supplies. Through the support of CNLBank’s employees, clients and associates, the company presented Bonita Springs Elementary School with five to 10 packages or boxes of every item on the school’s wish list.

“One of our core values is to respect the dignity of every individual. The associates at CNLBank do a wonderful job demonstrating our commitment to this core value by participating in community partnerships such as our annual “Adopt a School Supply Drive” and volunteering to teach Junior Achievement programs,” said Katherine Carter, senior vice president and business development officer of CNLBank. “Our involvement in this process with Junio
r Achievment and Bonita Springs Elementary School has strengthened and enriched the workplace environment at CNLBank.”

“My teachers were overwhelmed with the generosity of CNLBank and feel quite fortunate for the company’s kindness,” said Susan Caputo, principal of Bonita Springs Elementary School. “Many of our parents cannot buy the needed supplies for their children and it would be a challenge for our school to purchase all school supplies for the students. Because of this generous donation, our children have received the supplies needed for their school year.”

CNLBank will continue its partnership with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and Bonita Springs Elementary School through the “JA in a Day” program. CNLBank will volunteer at the elementary school during the 4th quarter of the school year in order to teach a half-day workshop that includes speaking to the students about entrepreneurship to help them learn the tools and fundamentals of business. The program will consist of five sessions including, “Am I an Entrepreneur?,” “Regional Resources: Tools for Entrepreneurs,” “The Hot Dog Stand Entrepreneurs Are Problem Solvers,” and “My Region in the World.” These sessions will offer students examples of well-known businesses, resources for business success, fundamentals of being a business owner, problem solving and manufacturing and trade experience.

 

Tickets and sponsorships available for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County

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JASWFL to induct laureates Reinhold Schmieding and Brian Stock into Hall of Fame

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Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County to be held on Thursday, Oct. 29 with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Mutual of Omaha and Mutual of Omaha Bank are this year’s event title sponsors. During the event, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Reinhold Schmieding of Arthrex, Inc. and Brian Stock of Stock Development into the 2015 Business of Hall of Fame, Collier County. To reserve tickets or become a sponsor, visit www.JASWFL.org or call 239-225-2590.

The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Schmieding and Stock will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1988.

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Business sponsorships are available and include entrance to the event with premium diamond sponsorships at $10,000, platinum level sponsorships for $7,500 and gold level sponsorships for $5,000. These levels include eight seats, with an additional two seats reserved for students. Additional sponsorships available are silver sponsor level for $1,800 (eight seats with two additional seats for students) and bronze sponsor level for $900 which includes tables of four plus a reserved seat for one student. Individual seats are also available for $250 each.

Sponsors also are needed to support student admission, which is $125 per ticket. Junior Achievement students attending the event will have an opportunity to practice their etiquette skills while interacting with local professionals. Additionally, full-page and half-page advertisements are available in the event program book for $1,000 and $500. To reserve tables, individual tickets or to become a sponsor, call the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590 or visit www.JASWFL.org. Proceeds benefit local Junior Achievement programs.

About Junior Achievement:

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Inc. provides in-school and after-school programs for students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 116 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida selects new board members

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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of its new board members, elected to serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018. The new board members are Stephen Bienko, CEO, 42 Holdings, LLC; Bruce Harris, retired, Volkswagen Group of America; Nancy KoriBruce Harrissta, human resources professional, Strategic HR Services; Hong Long, vice president of technology and advanced application, Kore Telematics; Brad Shultz, vice president and senior relationship manager, Wells Fargo Bank.

In addition, the 2015-16 executive officers were appointed. They are Gary Tasman, chair; Andy Buschle, chair-elect; Curt Todd, secretary; Kimberly Pitts, treasurer; Brandon Box, member at-large; Richard Caligiuri, member at-large; Scott Fischer, member at-large; and Tom Pitser, immediate past chair.

Board members oNancy Koristaf 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.

“The newly elected board members will bring a wide variety of knowledge and experience to the team,” said Gary Tasman, incoming chair of the board of direHong Longctors of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “We are fortunate to bring these business professionals to the board and we know that their combined expertise will prove to be a tremendous asset to the board and the continued success of our mission to help young people succeed in the business world.”

About JuniBrad Shultzor Achievement:

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

 

 

 

 

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida to induct Reinhold Schmieding and Brian Stock into 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Reinhold D. Schmieding, president and founder of Arthrex, Inc., and Brian K. Stock, CEO of Stock Development, into the 2015 Business Hall of Fame, Collier County, at a dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Mutual of Omaha and Mutual of Omaha Bank are this year’s event title sponsors.

The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. Schmieding and Stock will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1988. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets, www.JASWFL.org.

As president and founPHOTO 1 - Reinhold Schmiedingder of Arthrex, Inc., Reinhold Schmieding has more than 30 years of experience in the surgical device industry. Schmieding graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in physiology in 1977 and began his career in Germany as the European Manager for Richards Medical. Arthrex, Inc. was founded by Schmieding in 1981 and the Arthrex corporate headquarters were established in Naples, Florida in 1991. Since the company’s founding, Schmieding has guided the business in becoming a worldwide leader in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and orthopaedic surgical implant and device design and manufacturing. Arthrex has experienced unprecedented growth and the company’s reputation for innovative products, quality craftsmanship and exceptional medical education is renowned throughout the world.

Today, Arthrex employs more than 3,000 personnel throughout 13 countries and exports its products to more than 100 countries around the world. Schmieding has led in the development of over 8,500 surgical products and techniques to advance minimally invasive orthopaedics and has been instrumental in the issuance of more than 350 patents and patents pending. Arthrex’s medical education facility hosts numerous surgical training programs for surgeons and healthcare professionals around the world and invests more than $1 million annually to go toward internal education programs. The company created more than 500 jobs in 2014 and was named one of the 2015 FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” in the country.

Arthrex has remained one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in the United States for the past 10 years and has received recognition through a variety of awards to honor its efforts in the Southwest Florida region, including the 2014 Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Community Foundation of Collier County and the 2014 Florida’s Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award. Arthrex continually works within the community to prepare future generations for the workforce, providing opportunities for students to participate in tours, job shadowing, internships and co-op programs. The company serves on a regional task force to promote foundational skills for success in the workplace and also supports STEM-related initiatives in Collier County Public Schools that provide students with opportunities to learn and grow.

Schmieding exemplifies Arthrex’s core community value of Making People Better through his leadership in the pioneering of new, less invasive surgical products and techniques; providing high-tech, high-wage, non-seasonal job creation; investing in education programs for healthcare professionals and employees; and leading Arthrex’s dedication with its employees to helping those in need in our community through charitable giving and service.

PHOTO 2 - Brian StockAs CEO of Stock Development, Brian Stock has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, construction, sales and marketing. Stock graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in business administration. Throughout his early life, he worked hard to learn every aspect of the Stock family lumber businesses, something that proved invaluable in growing Stock Development. Most importantly, he developed his core business values by watching the way his father, K.C., managed these businesses. Brian recognized the importance of surrounding himself with the right people and collaborating with them to make the best decisions for the company. Furthermore, he believes that a successful business is not simply about making profits, but giving back to the communities in which it operates.

Recognizing the potential for development in Southwest Florida, Brian moved to Naples where he and K.C. founded Stock Development. From the beginning, Brian was involved in every aspect of the company. With K.C.’s support, Brian soon began to re-imagine the possibilities of Master Planned Communities and began assembling a forward-thinking development team to create exciting new highly-amenitized communities with a wide array of exciting new architectural designs. The results have been astounding.

Today, Stock Development has become a leader in the building industry through the development of more than 3,500 homes in Southwest Florida. Throughout nearly 15 years of service to Southwest Florida, Stock Development has received more than 450 awards to acknowledge its high-quality service to the region including 14 Community of the Year Awards in Collier and Lee Counties. Stock Development been honored by the Collier Building Industry as the 2009 and 2013 Builder of the Year and was also named the 2014 Builder of the Year for Lee County. The company is currently building within 13 communities throughout Southwest Florida.

Stock frequently highlights the importance of giving back to the community and encourages his employees to remain active within the community through local charities and associations. Over the past 15 years, Stock Development has worked with a variety of organizations, including The Boys & Girls Club of Lee & Collier County, PACE Center for Girls of Collier County, Champion’s for Learning, Naples Community Hospital, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Hurricane Charlie Relief Efforts, WGCU Public Broadcasting, Naples Botanical Gardens, Builders Care and Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to its support of local charities, Stock Development has also chosen to contribute to those within the community’s educational system. In 2015, Hodges University renamed its Science and Technology Building on its Naples campus as the Stock Building in honor of Stock Development’s generous support to the institution. This building provides classrooms and labs for the School of Allied Health and the Fisher School of Technology, along with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, the John W. White Community Room and numerous offices for faculty and staff.

About Junior Achievement:

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

Lehigh Acres Middle School students enjoy ‘JA in a Day’ program with Iberia Bank

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Iberia Bank helps Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida prepare students for future careers

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida teamed up with volunteers from Iberia Bank to bring the “JA in a Day” program to the seventh-grade students at Lehigh Acres Middle School on May 20 to teach the students about workplace readiness. The half-day program focused on positive personal branding, career mapping, job searches and skills the students will need to keep their future jobs.

Volunteers from Iberia Bank spoke to the students about the impact that personal behavior has on potential careers and how creating a positive personal brand and learning how to research careers will help them prepare for their future work environments. The volunteers also provided stories of their personal experience in the workforce to help solidify the concepts that were shared throughout the sessions. The program concluded with a certificate presentation for the students.

“The “JA in a Day” program provides a wealth of information that will prepare students for their future careers,” said Lysa Kennedy, program manager for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “It was a joy to visit the students at Lehigh Acres Middle School and we are thankful for all of the Iberia Bank volunteers who were so eager to provide this opportunity to these students.”

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.

Bonita Springs Middle School students experience ‘JA in a Day’ program with Regions Bank

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Regions Bank helps students understand the economics of success

A group of volunteers from Regions Bank visited Bonita Springs Middle School in Bonita Springs to host a “JA in a Day” program for eighth-grade students on Thursday, May 28. The half-day program focused on financial literacy and the Regions Bank staff used their expertise to help students understand finances, budgeting and insurance information.

“The students at Bonita Springs Middle School had a blast with the Regions Bank volunteers,” said Lysa Kennedy, program manager for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “This JA in a Day session provided valuable information that will help these children succeed in the future and we are thankful that these volunteers were so excited to work with the students to help them understand the importance of financial knowledge.”

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. focuses on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 117 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org, call 239-225-2590 or email info@jaswfl.org.