Monday, August 30, 2010

Where to watch! “Money Wise Florida”

It is clear that Floridians are overwhelmed and intimidated by the variety and complexity of financial decisions they must make throughout their lives – from banking, credit and insurance decisions to buying a home, making sound investment choices, and avoiding financial scams, including identity theft.

That is why the Florida Association of Insurance Agents and Trusted Choice collaborated with expert partners Junior Achievement, the Florida Insurance Council, the Florida Bankers Association and the Consumer Federation of the Southeast to produce a 30-minute television special, “Money Wise Florida.”

A nuts-n-bolts financial primer, “Money Wise Florida” packs a textbook’s worth of basic money management tips into a visually engaging half hour of television. Viewers are treated to helpful suggestions which can be incorporated into anyone’s budget; controlling spending, paying down credit card debt, saving for college or retirement, insuring against disaster and basic budgeting.

“Money Wise Florida” helps Floridians navigate through complicated financial decisions they face daily, in an easy-to-understand and friendly format. Award-winning long-time Miami news anchor Dwight Lauderdale, hosts the program.

“Money Wise Florida” is being broadcast statewide on the following television network affiliate stations:

WCJB ABC Gainesville September 5, 2010 5:30 PM
WPGX FOX Panama City September 5, 2010 9:30 PM
September 9, 2010 1:30 PM
WFTV ABC Orlando September 8, 2010 8:00 PM
WINK CBS Ft. Myers September 18, 2010 12:00 PM
WTXL ABC Tallahassee September 19, 2010 3:00 PM
WPEC CBS W. Palm Beach October 16, 2010 12:30 PM
WTTA MyNet Tampa TBA

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Friday, August 27, 2010

The Coolest Elected Official in America

Wow, Leon County! Jackie Pons is one very cool cool dude. No one expects the Superintendent of Schools to go out and join the search for a missing child. But our guy, Jackie Pons, instinctively did that -- found the boy, sensitively spoke with him, convinced him to go back to school. How fortunate a community is to have such a caring, involved leader providing such strong direction for public schools. Every parent in this community ought to feel very good right now -- that this one good man so naturally is in high gear all of the time for our students, parents, faculty, public education and community. If Jackie Pons' name appeared on November's election ballot (it won't until 2012), he would poll the highest percentage of votes in modern history. Today, he enjoys, anew, the respect of a grateful community. This is just an astounding anecdote that accurately depicts a profile in courageous leadership. Thanks, Jackie!