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CFO Sink and Financial Literacy Council Announce Gus A. Stavros as 2010 Champion of Financial Literacy Award Recipient


CONTACT: Kevin Cate or Nina Banister, 850-413-2842
TALLAHASSEE- Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced the winner of the 2010 Champion of Financial Literacy Award during the annual meeting of the Financial Literacy Council— Gus A. Stavros of Pinellas County. This is the third year the Council has issued an award to recognize outstanding efforts in financial literacy.
“It gives me great pleasure to give this award to such an honorable and dedicated public servant such as Gus,” said CFO Sink.  “Gus has shared my passion of promoting financial education and awareness for many years, and his commitment to educating our state’s future workforce deserves recognition.”
Mr. Stavros was the driving force behind the world’s first free-standing economic education facility, the Gus A. Stavros Institute, which provides hands-on free enterprise experiences for students. Since opening over twenty years ago in Largo, Florida, nearly 30,000 students have participated in the institute’s Enterprise Village and Finance Park.
Also at today’s meeting, CFO Sink announced to Council members that her new web site to assist Floridians in furthering their financial education and awareness is live at Family Fiscal Fitness.  And, CFO Sink presented a resolution to the Council signed by members of the Florida Cabinet in support of Financial Literacy Month, which began April 1. To further commemorate the month, CFO Sink’s Division of Consumer Services will provide more than 60 free presentations on a variety of financial topics from identify theft to hurricane preparedness.
In addition to today’s meeting items, Council Chairman Obdulio Piedra, Miami-Dade Market President of Great Florida Bank, announced he was stepping down as chair to pursue a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission. Replacing Piedra as Chairperson will be Cassandra J. Grayson, M.Ed., Association Services Chief of Staff for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions.
For more information about the Financial Literacy Council, visit:
A copy of the Cabinet resolution is attached.
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