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Gallagher Honored by Financial Literacy Organization


CONTACT: Justin Glover
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE-Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher was honored Friday by the Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) with their prestigious President's Award. Gallagher was recognized for his years of advocating increased financial literacy of Florida's students, working families and seniors. The President's Award is presented to Floridians demonstrating leadership in promoting financial education and free-market principles.

"I am truly honored to accept this award," Gallagher said. "Preparing our citizens for financial challenges is one of my most important tasks, and I will continue to provide Floridians, especially students and seniors, with the tools needed for financial success."

Gallagher, recognized as having helped create the FCEE and provide crucial funding while serving as a state lawmaker, was honored with an award for his leadership in initiating several statewide financial education efforts. Gallagher was instrumental in the success of programs such as Florida Stock Market Simulation, Financial Freedom and Strive to Drive, which provides teens with information and instruction related to car-buying.

"CFO Gallagher richly deserves this award. His service to the FCEE and Florida's students has been exemplary," said Don Fell, President of the FCEE.

"It is vital that students graduate from Florida schools with an understanding of personal finance and the free enterprise system," said Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah, Chairman of the FCEE. "No one in our state has done more to promote that understanding than CFO Gallagher."

Gallagher also sponsored a resolution proclaiming April 2004, Financial Literacy Month. The resolution was passed at a recent meeting of the governor and Cabinet, on which Gallagher serves.

Gallagher served three terms as Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner and was sworn in as Chief Financial Officer in 2003.

Established in 1975, the Florida Council on Economic Education is a non-profit, statewide agency that teaches students and teachers business basics. In addition to developing educational programs, the Council recognizes individuals who are leaders in promoting a greater understanding of the free enterprise system. The Council is funded by the Florida Department of Education and leading businesses throughout the state, and is an affiliate of the National Council on Economic Education.