Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida

Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy

With the help of trained volunteer role models from the community, Junior Achievement shows young people how money, careers, and business ownership work.


New Direction for JA of Northwest Florida

Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida, covering Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Bay Counties, announces its 2016-2017 leadership team and Area President.

The organization welcomes the following distinguished business professionals for the 2016-2017 school year:


  • John Kranak, Board Chairman- SunTrust Bank
  • Jodi Bell, Immediate Past Chair- Pensacola News Journal
  • Kelly Reeser, Chair Elect- Florida West Economic Development Alliance
  • Russell Lentz, Treasurer- Brown Thornton Pacenta & Company, P.A.
  • Todd Milleson, Past Chair Emeritus- Sonic
  • Scott Barrow- Regions
  • Dan Hinz, Eastern Region Chair – Dan Hinz Consulting
  • Steve Clark – New School Selling
  • Rick Anderson – Gulf Power Company
  • Dr. Sherry Hartnett – University of West Florida
  • Michael Johnson – State Farm Insurance
  • Kevin Miller – United States Navy Veteran
  • Joe Passeretti – Beggs & Lane, RLLP
  • Dr. Michelle Taylor – Escambia County School District
  • Ray Walker – AT&T Florida
  • Susie Lewis – Santa Rosa County School District - WIOA
  • Sharon Handy- Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, Gulf Breeze


  • Thomas F. Dietrich AAMS – SunTrust Bank
  • Grover Robinson IV- Escambia County Commission
  • Gary Barnes – Consultant
  • Jerry Maygarden – Consultant
  • Bryan McCall – Marketing Consultant
  • Dr. Ed Meadows – Pensacola State College

The new Board of Directors and Leadership Council is comprised of a diverse set of local business men and women including entrepreneurs and community leaders from a number of local and national companies.

Junior Achievement’s Board of Directors provides strategic leadership to the staff and creates the roadmap for achieving programmatic and organizational goals and objectives. It oversees the financial health of the organization and provides direction on annual educational objectives.

“The Junior Achievement Board of Directors is an impressive group of local leaders with a passion for inspiring young people to succeed in a global economy. The board not only provides strategic leadership but also actively works within the community by teaching classes and helping to raise funds,” said John Kranak, City President SunTrust Bank and current Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida Board Chairman. “Junior Achievement provides our young people with a critical resource. We partner with the school districts to deliver programming in the areas of economics, personal finance, and workforce preparedness.

Junior Achievement also welcomes Ildi Hosman as its new Area President.  Hosman is responsible for investor relations and academic programming for Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida including the planning and execution of activities and special events. She also manages financial oversight, annual fundraising initiatives, programming, public relations, staff development, and administrative operations.

Hosman joins the staff of Junior Achievement with a diverse and notable background working as Marketing Manager for IMS ExpertServices for over four years.  Preceding that, she served as Public Affairs Director for Santa Rosa County’s economic development office. Hosman has also served as an adjunct instructor at Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida.

“Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida provides a significant service to our area’s young people and it is a great honor to lead the organization as its new president,” said Ildi Hosman. “I’ve seen firsthand how important the work is that Junior Achievement does. Our youth need professional business role models and by working with the business community to mobilize trained volunteers to help prepare youth for their journey in the professional world, Junior Achievement brings to life the concepts they are seeing in their textbooks,” stated Hosman.

Junior Achievement is making plans to expand its footprint in the region.  This expansion includes the addition of programs in Okaloosa County and the pursuit of a new presence in Walton County. Junior Achievement is working to ensure that this expansion will further fulfill their mission of inspiring young people to succeed in a global economy.

Junior Achievement serves as the largest international organization dedicated to the education of young people in the areas of finance, business, and free enterprise. JA is present in over 100 countries and 339,000 classrooms worldwide and all classes are taught by volunteers.

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