Before I earned my undergraduate degree, I tried to remember the words of wisdom offered by my Professors which included the likes of Mike Haridopolos because their advice always proved beneficial when challenging situations arose while I was working hard to graduate.

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I thought all of them were pretty special and they had different teaching styles and though I didn't know at the time, their advice on applying the knowledge and connecting it to real life situations would prove more beneficial than I could have imaged, as my career advanced. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater's career is taking a new direction and he is creating a milestone with the release of his Finance Your Future Program, seeking to help middle and high school students with financial literacy. The timing could not have been more perfect, as he will be assuming new roles at Florida Atlantic University as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and CFO of the Boca Raton based school. After serving In The Florida Cabinet since 2010, Jeff Atwater seems all to ready to begin anew. In a statement released to the press, he stated "I am honored to join FAU in such a significant capacity. While I would have preferred to embrace this opportunity at a later date, the timing of crucial university initiatives warranted an accelerated transition"

It's true, we have to manage our financial affairs properly so that we will be able to care for ourselves and our families while planning for our futures. For parents, knowing that our young people are equipped with valuable information is something that should make us feel more secure when we send our youngsters off into the hands of Educators. Creating Finance Your Future was a smart move for Jeff Atwater.

The eight core concepts covered by Finance Your Future are:

  • Budgeting and Saving
  • Credit Cards
  • Banking
  • Credit Reports and Credit Scores
  • Debt
  • Fraud and Scams
  • Insurance and benefits
  • Life Events

Jeff Atwater is depending on Florida Teachers to incorporate Finance Your Future into their lesson plans. The Chief Financial Officer seems to be having no trouble applying his knowledge and skillset to real life situations. That's all. Kudos...

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Orlando Sentinel