Junior Achievement

Lifestyle Magazine June 2018: JA Business Hall of Fame

Lifestyle Magazine June 2018: JA Business Hall of Fame

Where: Coconut Creek

What: Junior Achievement of South Florida raised more than $500,000 at the 30th annual JA Business Hall of Fame Awards, presented by Delta Air Lines. President/CEO Laurie Sallarulo congratulated the honorees and thanked supporters on behalf of the 50,000 students that JA serves each year.

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About the JA Business Hall of Fame

For 31 years, premier, high-profile event has honored & celebrated an outstanding group of business and community leaders who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and distinguish themselves as leaders in their industry and in the community. Each year laureates are selected by past honorees, making the award even more special as they are recognized in front of 400 guests at JA World. We also present the Melissa Aiello Character Award and the Huizenga Lifetime Achievement Award to outstanding individuals in the community.

Lifestyle Magazine June 2018: JA Business Hall of Fame
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SFBW April 2018: Education to Employment

South Florida Business & Wealth April 2018: Education to Employment
How Junior Achievement of South Florida Empowers the Future’s Workforce

By Andrea Richard
Published April 28, 2018

Eight years ago, student Stefano Selorio began his professional journey, thanks to Junior Achievement of South Florida. It started when he was in the fifth grade and participated in JA BizTown program, which teaches youths how to run companies through hands-on role playing and handle their personal finances. BizTown resembles an indoor business hub with real companies, including BB&T, Lifestyle Media Group and Hoffman’s Chocolates.

“We owned little storefronts, and I was the CEO of Sports World,” Selorio says. “I was in charge of making paychecks, depositing them and hiring people.”

In the eighth grade, he participated in JA’s Finance Park program. He took on the character of a single father with three children, and he learned how to manage a household budget.  JA has a partnership with Broward County Public Schools that requires fifth and eighth graders to attend these programs.

In 11th and 12th grades, he did the JA Fellows program twice and learned how to create, build and develop a small company along with a team of roughly 15 to 20 students. The 8-month program is led by business mentors and culminates with a “Spark Tank,” where students present business pitches to investors. “We had advisers from JA, entrepreneurs and CEOs who came out and helped us with how to take products to market,” he says.

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In Loving Memory of Wayne Huizenga

Dear Friends,

This past Thursday (March 22, 2018), the community lost one of the world’s most savvy and successful businessmen and a remarkable community advocate and supporter. Wayne Huizenga helped shape this community and has left a huge mark on so many individuals and organizations.

To say that the largest Junior Achievement educational center in the world would not exist in Broward County if not for Wayne Huizenga, is an understatement. Along with his wife, Marti, Mr. Huizenga was the catalyst in making the vision of JA World Huizenga Center a reality.

Like with all his projects, both business and charitable, Mr. Huizenga took on the creation of JA World with determination, persistence and persuasion. He often used his private helicopter to take community and business leaders to visit other JA facilities around the country. His influence, combined with Marti’s passion to “teach children to fish, rather than give them a fish”, was key to building this unique educational asset on the Broward College north campus and to securing an agreement with the Broward County School Board that every 5th and 8th grader would participate in JA programming.

The mission of Junior Achievement is so aligned with the values and entrepreneurial spirit of Wayne Huizenga. Mr. Huizenga, the only person in history to have founded three Fortune 500 companies, was named the 2005 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of The Year. Through our JA Fellows entrepreneurship program, with which he was so impressed, we will continue to foster his passion for taking ideas to exceptional levels in our students.

At Junior Achievement of South Florida, we feel a profound loss for this amazing man who had such an impact on our organization. On behalf of the students, board of directors and staff of Junior Achievement of South Florida we feel so fortunate and honored to have gained his continued support, confidence, loyalty and commitment. Mr. Huizenga’s spirit and legacy will live on at JA World.

We express our heartfelt condolences to the entire Huizenga family for their huge loss.

Laurie Sallarulo
President & CEO

In lieu of flowers, the family has named Junior Achievement of South Florida, NSU’s Huizenga College of Business, Boys & Girls Club and Cleveland Clinic to receive donations in Mr. Huizenga’s honor.

In Loving Memory of Wayne Huizenga
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Eye on South Florida March 2018: Annual Light Up The Night

Annual Light Up The Night Raises Funds And Awareness For Junior Achievement of South Florida

City of Coconut Creek, Florida—Junior Achievement of South Florida raised more than $30,000 at its recent 5th Annual Light Up The Night event held on Tuesday, March 13, at Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar in Boca Raton, FL.

Three outstanding couples were honored this year for their support to Junior Achievement. They were Ryan and Merideth Leeds, Mark and Sharon Warren, Steve Nudelberg and Michelle Esposito.

“It is a passion for both Michelle and myself to work with the kids Junior Achievement serves. They inspire to be entrepreneurs and are eager to learn. When you get to do what you love with the people you love, that’s what I call success,” Nudelberg said.

The evening also featured: food provided by Rapoport’s Restaurant Group (Henry’s, Deck 84, Burt & Max’s and Prezzo); fashion by Gent Row, Beyond Proper by Boston Proper and Kendra Scott; exotic autos from Excell Auto Group; music; and networking.

Many thanks to the sponsors, including IMI, EY, Capitol Lighting, Coastal-Pacific Wine and Spirits of California, Motiv8, On the Ball Marketing, WZZR Real Radio 94.3, iHeartRadio, Simply the Best Magazine and Eye On South Florida. Also thanks to the committee members: Junior Achievement of South Florida Board Members Chris Cavanagh, Jim Constantine, Alan Gross and Mitch Welin; honoree Ryan Leeds; and Casa de Montrecristo by Prime Cigar owner David Resnick.

“Our Light Up The Night is an effort for us to connect with businesses and leaders in the south Palm Beach County area. It’s was a tremendous fundraiser and opportunity to raise awareness of our three pillars of education – entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness,” said Laurie Sallarulo, President and CEO. “We were thrilled to honor these special couples for their dedication to our programs. Thank you to everyone who came to Light Up The Night!”

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SFBJ February 2018: Meet 2018 Business of the Year Honorees

Meet SFBJ’s 2018 Business of the Year Honorees 

By Mel Melendez
Published Feburary 26, 2018

The South Florida Business Journal takes great pleasure in announcing its 2018 Business of the Year Awards honorees.

Now in its 21st year, the awards program honors excellence in business across various categories, including by revenue, the H. Wayne Huizenga Startup Award, minority-owned, woman-owned and others.

“This is one of my favorite signature events, because it highlights many of South Florida’s winning companies,” Business Journal President and Publisher Melanie Dickinson said. “The editorial package is a valuable resource for our readers, as it illustrates how these companies achieved their success.”

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