Guest commentary: Today's business leaders need to connect with tomorrow's

The business world is a very different place today than it was just a few years ago, and in the coming years it will continue to evolve in response to rapidly advancing political events, lifestyle trends, economic factors and technological advancements. As today’s business leaders blaze new trails, it is essential they connect with the next generation of business professionals who will inherit them.

Junior Achievement (JA) of Southwest Florida ensures this is happening.

Building upon the standard curriculum of science, math, English and history, JA gives students the opportunity to learn about business, finance and our nation’s free-enterprise system. This important organization brings business professionals into the classroom straight from the workplace. Many are entrepreneurs and share their passion for business. Others offer lessons on topics ranging from finance to networking. They each provide valuable insight into the work world.

JA is proud of its volunteers and supporters and the difference they are making in our community, which is filled with powerful role models for youth. Each year, we recognize our region’s most exceptional role models at the Business Hall of Fame event.

This year, our Collier County laureates include Bill Schoen of Health Management Associates Inc. and Martin Wasmer and Michael Schroeder of Wasmer Schroeder & Co. Inc. We will honor these exceptional business leaders at the Naples Grande Beach Resort on Oct. 28 with a dinner and awards ceremony attended by students, teachers and members of the business community.

Tickets and sponsorships now are available for this inspiring event, and all funds raised support the important JA programs. Ticket prices range from $250 for individual tickets to $1,800 for tables of 10, which include two reserved seats for students.

For event tickets and sponsorship information, call the Junior Achievement office: (239) 225-2590.

We encourage the entire community to support the next generation of business leaders by helping Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida in its efforts to educate and inspire our students.

Miller is an area manager for Florida Power & Light.

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