Pepe Fanjul Jr., executive vice president of Florida Crystals Corporation, has joined the board of directors of the Foundation For Florida’s Future, an organization whose stated goal is to help foster an education system that allows each child to achieve his or her God-given potential and prepares all students to succeed in the 21st Century economy.
The mission of the Foundation, which is led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who serves as chairman, is to make Florida’s education system a model for the nation. In order to achieve this, the Foundation advocates for policies to help the state of Florida remain at the head of the national education reform movement. Working in collaboration with students, parents, educators, business leaders and lawmakers, the Foundation educates about reforms and aids in their adoption by the Legislature.
As governor, Mr. Bush implemented major policies and programs to advance Florida’s education system. Since leaving office, he has established a national reputation as a leader in education reforms. Lawmakers in more than 15 states have explored implementing policies based on Florida’s education model.
The appointment to the Foundation’s board was a natural fit for Pepe Fanjul Jr. Among his various duties at the company, Pepe Fanjul Jr. leads Florida Crystals’ community relations and philanthropic activities. Under his guidance, the company focuses on educational, scholarship and mentoring programs, including annual support of Take Stock in Children, New Hope Charities, charter schools and another Bush family program: Celebration of Reading.
Along with former Governor Jeb Bush, other current board members include Phil Handy, former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings, Susan Pareigis, John Winn, Brian Yablonski, and Zachariah Zachariah.Joining Pepe Fanjul Jr. as new members of the board are Allan Bense, T. Willard Fair, Al Hoffman, Jr., Julia Johnson, Peter Rummell, Linda Taylor and Trey Traviesa.