Three Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance volunteer leaders received awards for volunteer leadership at this year’s Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) Conference held in Tampa June 27 through June 29. J. David Armstrong, Jr., president of Broward College and chair of the Board of Directors for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, and Michael Daszkal, partner in Daszkal Bolton LLP, one of the top 25 certified public accounting and financial consulting firms serving South Florida, were named the 2012 Richard L. McLaughlin FEDC Southeast Region Volunteers of the Year award winners. The 2012 Toni Jennings Workforce Development Professional of the Year Award for the state of Florida went to Mason Jackson, who is president and CEO of WorkForce One Employment Solutions, a member of the Alliance’s Board of Directors and past chair of the Alliance’s Governor Council.
President Armstrong has been involved directly and indirectly with economic development for more than 25 years. Under his leadership, and working with the Alliance’s CEO Council and other volunteers, the Alliance produced a new television video featuring Alliance CEO Council members and community leaders Wayne Huizenga, Mike Jackson, Roy Krause and Keith Koenig along with Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry and NFL Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson. The advertising campaign began its 6 month airing cycle in selected cable markets in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Boston and on JetBlue in-flight TV in October 2011. He was also one of the original participants in the Alliance’s Information Technology Roundtable and is currently serving as a co-chair of the Broward Six Pillars community-wide strategic visioning process.
Michael Daszkal, a member of the Alliance’s Leadership Council, was honored for his work as chair of the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority. Established in 1985, the 94-acre Research Park at Florida Atlantic University is home to 22 technology companies working in conjunction with the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science, the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the FAU College of Business.
Mason Jackson has been the President/CEO of WorkForce One Employment Solutions for the past 25 years. Mason led WorkForce One in becoming the first workforce development board in the state of Florida to house a workforce development director in the office of the local economic development organization, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. Having this day-to-day connectivity with the companies the Alliance is helping to succeed, grow and expand has advanced the local workforce exponentially and has provided workforce assistance and training opportunities to many companies who may not otherwise know of the programs available to improve the capabilities of the workforce.
Overall, Mason has been involved in workforce development programs for over 34 years and has led numerous efforts to improve the economy in Broward County and provide the best possible workforce to companies in the region. He has provided expertise in a number of areas including serving as a School to Career Trainer for World Class Broward, helping to lead Broward County’s VisionBroward strategic visioning effort, and serving on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s Executive Committee and as Chair of its Governor Council. He is currently serving as a co-chair of Broward’s Six Pillars Talent Supply and Education Task Force.
In 2011, Ray Ferrero Jr., chancellor of Nova Southeastern University, past chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the founding and current chair of the Alliance’s CEO Council, was recognized by FEDC as its 2011 Southeast Region economic development Volunteer of the Year. In 2009, Kathy Koch, president and CEO of Ambit Advertising and Public Relations, was the recipient of the Southeast Region Volunteer of the Year award.
“Our volunteer leaders contribute greatly to the success of the Alliance through our public/private partnership, and to Broward County’s success in growing jobs in our community,” said Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Alliance. “We are thrilled to have them recognized by an outstanding statewide organization like the FEDC, which acknowledges the importance of volunteer leaders to the work of economic development in our state.”
About the Alliance:
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is Broward County’s official public/private partnership for economic development. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County. Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research; and serving as a liaison for workforce development between WorkForce One Employment Solutions, educational institutions and the business community. To learn more, call (954) 524-3113.