Press Release: Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Endorses Ardian Zika for the Florida House of Representatives, District 37

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LAND O' LAKES, FL – Ardian Zika's campaign for Florida House of Representatives, District 37 today announced the endorsement of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association.

“Based on your knowledge of our industry and the legislative process, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association looks forward to working with you in the Florida Legislature," said Butch Calhoun, Director, Government Affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. "Please accept the enclosed contribution as our PAC's endorsement of your campaign."

"Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association members produce a substantial portion of the vegetables, citrus, sugarcane, tropical fruit and other crops in the United States," said Ardian Zika. "Florida ranks number one in the country for the production of sugarcane, green beans, cucumbers, leafy greens, oranges, grapefruit, watermelons and fresh market tomatoes. These growers are ranked number two in the country for the production of strawberries, blueberries, cabbage, celery, bell peppers, squash, sweet corn and tangerines. This industry is vital to Florida's economic strength and the health and wellness of Florida families. I am honored to have this support and endorsement and am grateful for the contribution Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association members make to our state."

About Ardian Zika

Ardian is the product of American exceptionalism and a modern-day story of the American Dream. He is deeply-rooted in conservative values. Ardian immigrated to the United States as a teenager from Kosovo in 1997, leaving behind a civil conflict and political turmoil in the war-torn former Yugoslavia. Ardian arrived in the United States with nothing but a willingness to work hard and a desire to earn an education. He pulled himself up by the bootstraps and emerged as an example of an American Dream success story.

Ardian’s strong faith and conservative values have guided his personal and professional pursuits. He is a Conservative Republican running for the Florida House of Representatives to serve our community. He will work tirelessly so that no Floridian is left behind as they embark on their journey toward the American Dream.

Ardian graduated from high school in Louisiana, earned 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 been married for twelve years. They have five children, Natalie, Riley, Jed, Zachary & William. They are active members of Idlewild Baptist Church. Ardian is President & CEO of Guardian Street, LLC., a strategic business advisory practice specializing in small and medium size commercial and industrial middle market companies. Prior to founding his company, Ardian spent 14 years in the banking industry in various leadership roles including serving as a Senior Vice President and Vice President. In 2015, Ardian was selected and recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for the 40 Under 40 Up & Comer Award, given annually to selected rising business leaders in the Tampa Bay.

Ardian had the honor and privilege to receive three Gubernatorial Appointments by the Florida Governor Rick Scott to three volunteer boards -the Florida Council on Homelessness, the Pasco-Hernando State College Board of Trustees and the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors. Ardian is a firm believer in serving the community. He 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 YMCA Advisory Board of Directors, Zephyrhills YMCA Advisory Board of Directors and other community involvements.