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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce its incoming board of directors, elected to serve through 2017. The board of directors will be led by chair, Gary Tasman, CEO and principal broker, Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida; chair-elect, Kimberly Pitts, vice president of U.S. operations, Headwaters Capital Management, LP; secretary, Curt Todd, senior vice president, Wells Fargo; treasurer, Robert Lyons, president of Consolidated Cleaners, Inc.; member at large, Carleton Case, vice president of business development, Brown & Brown Benefits; member at large, Scott Fischer, CEO, Scott Fischer Enterprises; and member at large, Christina Harris Schwinn, partner, Pavese Law Firm.

The board of directors also includes members Russell Budd , owner, PBS Contractors; Andy Buschle, vice president, BMO Harris Bank; Beth Coryell, director, secondary programs, Collier County Public Schools; Susan Faw, vice president of chief legal and compliance officer, Chico’s FAS; Catherine Fay, vice president and co-owner, Naples Air, Inc.; Mary Fischer (liason, non-voting), member, Lee County School Board; Sean Friend, vice president, commercial relationship manager, Southwest Florida, IBERIABANK; Bruce Harris, retired, Volkswagen Group of America; Dr. Sandra Kauanui, director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Florida Gulf Coast University; Nancy Korista, human resources professional, Strategic HR Services; Brent Lessing, vice president of U.S. RAC Systems and DTG Integration, The Hertz Corporation; Brandon Phillips, president and CEO, Global HR Research; John Ryan, general manager of West Florida, Comcast Spotlight; William Scott, inventor and managing partner, Marbles, LLC; and Suzanne Specht, assistant director for the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business.

Chairmen Emeriti include Richard Durnwald, financial advisor, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; David Hall, Executive vice president and chief financial officer, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank; Larry Medley, senior vice president Investment Services Group, Wells Fargo Advisors; and Tom Pitser, senior investment consultant, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.

“Members of our board of directors are invaluable to our organization, and we are so pleased to welcome our incoming members and executive officers,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “Our members bring forward a wealth of knowledge about the world of business and we are excited to tap into their expertise as today’s business leaders 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 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida partnered with more than 150 classroom business volunteers during the 2015-2016 school year to provide more than 8,700 students with Junior Achievement programs in more than 360 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.