TAMPA, Fla. – (Oct. 2, 2013) – Robin Kovaleski Lester today announced her candidacy for the Hillsborough County District 7 at-large position, running as a Republican.
“Government is not ‘them,’ it’s ‘us,’ but only if we choose to get off the sidelines and involve ourselves in creating a better future for Hillsborough County,” says Lester. “In business, which is where I come from, timing is everything; and I believe the time for change in Hillsborough County is now.”
Lester, a serial entrepreneur, has started, run and sold three firms. She is now managing partner of Florida Growth Partners, a consulting firm that links emerging growth companies to sources of capital across the globe, helping them gain access to capital for continued growth and job creation.
Prior to founding Florida Growth Partners, she was executive director of the Florida Venture Forum, where she helped raise more than $1.2 billion in venture capital to fund Florida-based companies. During her tenure, she grew the organization by more than 88 percent, making it one of the Top 10 Venture Capital Conferences held annually in the United States. She also has extensive experience with publicly-traded companies, having served as investor relations officer at two Florida-based companies, SYKES (NASDAQ:SYKE) and BREED Technologies (NYSE:BDT).
Lester began her career as a legislative committee clerk for the Virginia General Assembly and was elected to and served as a Charlotte/Mecklenburg (N.C.) planning commissioner. Active in a number of community organizations, she serves on the boards of Junior Achievement and The Outback Bowl, is a director of the Appalachian State University Foundation, former member of the board of trustees of Appalachian State University and the advisory boards of Moffitt/USF Center for Excellence, Association for Corporate Growth Tampa Bay Chapter and Tampa Bay Innovation Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
“I’m looking forward to meeting with Hillsborough County residents to discuss the issues they care about. My campaign will focus on how we can help our county realize its great potential through the creation of the right jobs that halt the ‘brain drain,’ change in the way we do business as a county, encouragement of broader participation in the political process and restoration of faith in government and community service,” she says. “In the meantime, I encourage people to visit my website, www.electrobinlester.com; like my Facebook page at Facebook.com/robinlesterfl and follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/robinlesterfl.”
About Robin Kovaleski Lester, candidate for Hillsborough County District 7 At Large (R):
Bringing the best elements of business and community leadership to the District 7 At Large race, Robin Kovaleski Lester is an experienced entrepreneur, business executive and community leader. Follow her on Facebook.com/robinlesterfl and at Twitter.com/robinlesterfl and visit her website, www.electrobinlester.com.
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