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Clark Howard, a nationally-syndicated consumer expert who shows consumers ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off, will discuss “Consumer Protection and Public Service” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, on the UNF campus. The lecture is part of Public Service Recognition Week events, coordinated by the UNF Master of Public Administration program’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee.“Save more and spend less” is more than just a motto for Clark; it’s a way of life. As a successful lifelong entrepreneur, media star and best-selling author, the Atlanta-based consumer champion is dedicated to helping Americans of all means get ahead in life. Clark’s career included stints in both government and private sectors. He was a civilian employee working for the U.S. Air Force at the end of the Vietnam War. He launched a travel agency in 1981 that grew into a chain with locations across metro Atlanta. In 1987, he sold the company at 31 and retired.He found his way into the public eye almost by accident. While enjoying retirement on the pristine beaches of Florida, he was asked to be a guest on a radio show about travel. The response was so positive that he was given his own program, “The Clark Howard Show,” which is heard every day on more than 200 radio stations throughout North America. In addition, his weekly newspaper column in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is syndicated throughout the country.An Atlanta native, Clark has always been very involved in improving his community. He started several civic programs, including Atlanta Volunteer Action, Volunteer Action, Inc., The Big Buddy Program and Career Action. With the help of his listeners, he has built 43 homes over 16 years throughout metro Atlanta for Habitat for Humanity. In 1993, he opened Team Clark Howard (a consumer action center) as an extension of his radio show to provide free off-air advice on consumer issues. Team Clark Howard is now staffed by more than 140 volunteers.Clark is a member of the Georgia State Defense Force. He joined after the terrorist attacks of 2001 to do his part in helping to prepare and assist our military. He attends monthly training workshops around the state as part of his service and performed medical evacuation work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. This lecture is supported by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, the UNF Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the UNF Master of Public Administration Program.This lecture is free and open to the public; however, an e-ticket is required. To obtain an e-ticket, visit http://www.unf.edu/lectures/ or call (904) 620-2117.UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures -rounded education.
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