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Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida elects new board of directors

August 9, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida has announced its incoming board of directors, elected to serve through 2020.

The board of directors will be led by chair, Scott Fischer, CEO of Scott Fischer Enterprises; past chair, Curt Todd, senior vice president for Wells Fargo; treasurer, Tom Pitser, senior investment consultant at Robert W. Baird & Co.; secretary, Suzanne Specht, assistant director, Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University; member-at-large, Andrew Buschle, senior vice president for Bank of America Private Bank; member-at-large, Sean Friend, vice president, branch group manager Lee County for IBERIABANK; member-at-large, 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 Duke, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Kenny James, CEO of James Advisory Group; Nancy Korista, human resources consultant; Michael Traficante, shareholder for Grant Fridkin Pearson, P.A.; and Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist, owner of Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group.

Chairmen Emeriti is Christina Harris Schwinn, partner at Pavese Law Firm.

"Members of our board of directors are invaluable to our organization, and we are pleased to welcome our incoming 2019-20 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 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 270 classroom business volunteers during the 2018-2019 school year to provide nearly 70,200 hours of instruction to nearly 12,500 students in 520 classes throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.

For additional information on Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, visit, call 239-225-2590 or email



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