Stan Breitbard Wins 2008 Odom Award

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               Contact:         Laura Levine,  (202) 466-8610



Stan Breitbard, State Coalition Inspiration,

Wins 2008 Odom Award

WASHINGTON, April 2008… Stan Breitbard, a retired CPA and founder of the California State Jump$tart Coalition more than a decade ago, has become the 2008 recipient of the Jump$tart Coalition’s William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who provide outstanding service in the personal finance education arena. It was presented during Financial Literacy Month at the Jump$tart Coalition® Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.

Laura Levine, Jump$tart Coalition executive director, presented the award. This year’s Odom Award Winner has been involved in the California Coalition since providing the inspiration for founding it and today, still sits on the executive committee of its board of directors.

Ms. Levine noted that, “Stan got the idea to take the national initiative and localize it—to energize a financial literacy effort just for Californians. He enlisted the support of state and local organizations, like the California Society of CPAs.  From this inspiration, California Jump$tart was born.”

That group, in turn, became the model that many of the other state coalitions followed as they sprang up all over the country and now number 48.

While serving as the volunteer chairperson of California Jump$tart, this year’s Odom Award Winner, helped to create the “Financial Smarts for Teachers” initiative, which educated California teachers about their own personal finances, while encouraging them to bring personal finance lessons into their classrooms. 

 Additionally, his financial literacy efforts with the California Society of CPAs are largely credited as having helped to inspire the AICPA highly acclaimed program—the 360° of Financial Literacy.

In accepting the award, Mr. Breitbard told the gathering, “For more than 12 years, I’ve have had the pleasure of working with organizations and people that share the goal of helping all Americans become financially literate—especially for the people of California. I’m proud not only to be in the company of the prestigious group of former winners but also quite pleased to be the first CPA to win this award. Believe me, I’m thrilled.”

 Other awards presented during this year’s dinner included: Federal Legislator of the Year to Senators Wayne Allard (R-CO) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ); state coalition of the year to the Virginia State Jump$tart Coalition, which was accepted by Tina Lambert, state coalition president. In addition, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a Jump$tart Coalition national board of directors member, presented its annual poster competition award to Harrison Noh for his colorful poster on the theme of “Financial Responsibility Begins with Me!”

 About Jump$tart

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults. It is celebrating its ten-year anniversary during Financial Literacy for Youth Month (April) in Washington, DC. One of its premier services—the Jump$tart Personal Finance Clearinghouse—is available to parents, students and consumers alike at