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Junior Achievement brings CEOs, company presidents back to high school for inspiring group discussions

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida turned the tables on its job shadow program, bringing distinguished professionals into schools for a day instead of students visiting the business leaders’ workplaces.

Reverse Job Shadow Day on Feb. 22 brought more than a dozen community and corporate leaders to Barron Collier High School in Naples, where they shared their expertise with aspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs at the school. Reinhold Schmieding, founder and CEO of Arthrex, delivered an inspiring keynote address.

Students from Florida Gulf Coast University also participated in breakout sessions that covered finance and investment banking, marketing, real estate and construction, medicine and entrepreneurship.

Featured business leaders included Amy Hale and Andy Buschle, BMO Harris Bank; Randy Smith, Naples Transportation & Tours; Tom White, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Naples; Mike Boose, Arthrex, Brian West and Paul Beebe, anesthesiologists; Marcos Quiros, Edis; Theo Etzel, Conditioned Air; Tim Cartwright, Tamiami Angel Funds; Phil Wood, John R. Wood Properties; and Steve Miller, London Bay Homes.

“We are so appreciative that this prominent group of professionals and FGCU students took time out of their busy schedules to impart wisdom on our up-and-coming leaders,” said Angela Fisher, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. “They shared life lessons and insight that students won’t find in a book. It’s not too often that teenagers get an opportunity to sit down at a table and have one-on-one conversations with company executives, so the knowledge they absorbed will be invaluable as they create a road map for their careers.”

Key partners for Reverse Job Shadow Day include Arthrex, Barron Collier High School, BMO Harris Bank, Collier County Public Schools, Florida Gulf Coast University and NAF Academy.

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 280 classroom business volunteers during the 2016-2017 school year to provide more than 10,600 students with Junior Achievement programs in more than 440 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.

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