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October 28, 2011

ULM alum Jack Blitch wins prestigious Gold Leadership Award

The University of Louisiana at Monroe construction alumnus Jack Blitch ('71) was recently chosen from 171,000 U.S. volunteers as winner of the Junior Achievement's highest award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award.

Blitch, vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Imagineering-Florida, and Junior Achievement of Central Florida board member, was honored at the Junior Achievement USA "Day on the Hill" event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in September 2011.

According to a Junior Achievement of Central Florida publication, the event is "an opportunity for local Junior Achievement leaders to meet with congressional leaders and staff to discuss JA's leadership in empowering young people to own their economic success in the global marketplace."

In the same publication, Craig Polejes, president of Junior Achievement of Central Florida, said, "Jack Blitch is a remarkable example of that spirit of generosity. In a very real way, he helps Central Florida JA students develop financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness skills, contribute to the community, and participate in the revitalization of the economy."

The article quoted Blitch as saying, "I'm honored to accept this award on behalf of all the Junior Achievement volunteers worldwide. They share my passion for bringing free enterprise into the classrooms and helping our children become future leaders."

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