“We are fortunate to have the leadership, vision and professional expertise of Laura Spencer and David Hess as we continue to increase the reach of our financial education programs to nearly 300 classrooms and 6,000 local students,” said Maggie Haley, executive director of Junior Achievement Manatee/Sarasota.
Spencer previously was president and chief executive officer of Tervis Tumbler. She joined the company in 1997 as controller, and subsequently was promoted to the positions of chief financial officer and chief operating officer before taking the reins as chief executive officer in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
“I previously volunteered in the classroom for Junior Achievement and saw what an impact it had on the students,” said Spencer. “They were truly engaged in the class and really enjoyed learning about business. I am happy to be able to contribute as a board member with such a great organization.”
Hess has more than 27 years of public accounting experience, including eight years with an international accounting firm. He graduated from the University of South Florida, and has provided management advisory, computerized and manual accounting systems and internal control structuring for all types of for-profit and not-for-profit entities.
“I enjoyed my past involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Easter Seals,” said Hess. “When you get involved with children’s programs you feel like you are truly contributing to the community. I look forward to having that same experience with Junior Achievement.”
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest and fastest-growing non-profit economic education organization. Using hands-on experiences, the organization helps young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential. Programs are taught by classroom volunteers from the business community across America and in over 103 countries worldwide. Providing children with positive adult role models who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our free enterprise system, is a hallmark of Junior Achievement. For more information, telephone 941-361-1410 or visit jamanatee.org or jasarasota.org.
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