Press Release: Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning 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 Pasco Schools Superintendent and former Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning.

“Ardian Zika will fight for Florida students in Tallahassee," said Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning. "With five young children, Ardian knows and understands first-hand the importance of providing a high-quality education for each and every child."

"His service on the Pasco Education Foundation Board of Directors and Pasco Hernando State College Board of Trustees gives him a deep understanding of the needs and opportunities in our K-12 and higher education system. Ardian also understands the importance of vocational and workforce training and serves on the CareerSource Florida Board. For Ardian, a high-quality education allowed him to build a strong foundation for himself and his family. Ardian is passionate about wanting every Florida student to have that same opportunity. For these reasons, I enthusiastically endorse Ardian Zika for Florida House of Representatives, District 37.”

“I am humbled to have received Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning's endorsement,” said Ardian Zika. "Superintendent Browning's commitment to ensuring a high-quality education for each and every Pasco student is evident. His commitment to helping Pasco residents achieve their full potential by embracing workforce and vocational education is vital to ensuring economic opportunity for each Pasco family. I am grateful for Superintendent Browning's service to our community and deeply appreciate his endorsement and support."

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.