Press Release: Former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford Endorses Ardian Zika for the Florida House of Representatives, District 37

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LAND O' LAKES, FL – Today, the Ardian Zika Campaign for the Florida House of Representatives, District 37 announced the endorsement of Speaker Will Weatherford, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

“I’ve known Ardian Zika for the past decade and he is absolutely the best person to represent District 37 as our State Representative," said Speaker Will Weatherford. "Ardian’s story is one of hard work and dedication. He is proof that if you have a dream and work hard, you can achieve success."

"His passion for our country and for Pasco County is evident from the moment you first meet him. His strong financial background will help him fight for our shared values of lower taxes while growing and strengthening our economy for all of us. Ardian Zika has my support and my endorsement and I hope you’ll join me in helping elect Ardian Zika to the Florida House.”

“I am honored and humbled to have the endorsement of Speaker Will Weatherford,” said Ardian Zika. "Speaker Weatherford represented well the residents of Pasco County in the Florida House and I look forward to following the example he set."

About Ardian Zika

Ardian Zika is President & CEO of Guardian & Company I, LLC., a strategic business advisory practice specializing in small and medium size commercial and industrial middle market companies. Prior to founding the company, Ardian spent 14 years in the banking industry in various leadership roles including serving as Senior Vice President and Vice President.

Ardian Zika was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Council on Homelessness, the Pasco Hernando State College Board of Trustees and the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Business Journal to receive the 40 Under 40 Up and Comer Award.

Ardian has served on the Pasco Education Foundation Board of Directors, Tampa- Hillsborough Economic Development Council Task Force on International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment, Dade City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Dade City Rotary Club, Trinity & Zephyrhills YMCA Advisory Board of Directors and other community involvements.

Ardian immigrated to the United States from Kosovo in 1997, leaving behind civil conflict and political turmoil in the war-torn former Yugoslavia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. While at Louisiana Tech University, Ardian was elected to the Student Senate, served as Student Government Executive Vice-President, Student Senate President, Student Government Supreme Court Chief Justice and Vice-President of the College Republican Club.

Ardian and his wife, Tasha, have five children and are active members of Idlewild Baptist Church.