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CFO Sink Announces First Meeting of Financial Literacy Council in Tallahassee Monday


Tara Klimek or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842          
TALLAHASSEE – In an ongoing effort to increase financial literacy and help Floridians make better financial decisions, Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced that the Financial Literacy Council will convene its first meeting next week in Tallahassee. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2007, at the Capitol Complex, House Office Building, Room 306.
The following are the Financial Literacy Council members:
Paul Auslander, CFP, President, American Financial Advisors
James R. De Santis, M.Ed., Executive Director, Florida Council on Economic Education
Liana Fox, Ph.D., Professor, Hillsborough Community College
Richard George, President, Junior Achievement of West Central Florida
Cassandra J. Grayson, M.Ed., Sr. Vice President, Administration, Florida Credit Union League
Doug Heinlen, Member of Florida Executive Council, American Association of Retired Persons
Deidre Newton, M.B.A, President and CEO, Community Real Estate Services, Inc.
Obdulio Piedra, Miami-Dade Market President, Great Florida Bank
Dulce M. Suarez-Resnick, Senior Account Manager, HBA Insurance Group.
The council, authorized in 2006 by House Bill 825, was created to study the financial problems that affect consumers, particularly young persons, seniors, working adults and small business owners, which arise from a lack of basic knowledge of financial issues.  The council will also develop recommendations to aid CFO Sink’s department-- the Department of Financial Services-- in developing programs and resources aimed at increasing financial literacy among Floridians.
The first meeting of the Financial Literacy Council will be as follows:
DATE:             Monday, June 25, 2007           
TIME:              9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
LOCATION:   Florida Capitol     
House Office Building, Room 306
Tallahassee, Florida
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.