Florida Board of Governors Chair Brian Lamb is one of 13 individuals recently honored since 2023 Horatio Alger Awardwhich emphasizes professional and personal success.
The 76th annual Horatio Alger Award Ceremony was held from March 29 to April 1 in Washington, DC
From being a student and all-around player at Florida A&M University’s School of Developmental Research to now being the managing director and head of the Northeast segment at JPMorgan Chase, Lamb’s accomplishments take many forms.
In the middle, however, the Florida native put many of his works back to the value of education — an importance the Horatio Alger Association of America’s Distinguished Fellows, a non-profit educational organization, considers significant.
“From my youth, my parents gave me the idea of the power of education and the importance of giving back to others,” Lamb, 46, said in his prepared speech. “I am honored to join this outstanding organization that allows me to continue to pass that message on to Horace Alger Scholars, who will undoubtedly become future leaders.”
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The membership is named after Horatio Alger Jr., a famous author known for his perseverance and moral principles in overcoming adversity, according to organization’s website.
With these considerations in mind, Lamb became a life member of the association with other business, civic and cultural leaders across North America.
His managing director position with JPMorgan Chase comes after his previous position as the company’s head of global diversity, equity and inclusion in 2020.
Prior to joining Financial Services World — which has $4 trillion in assets — Lamb spent 13 years with Fifth Third Bank in Tampa, Florida and Cincinnati, Ohio, where his last position with the company was head of retail banking.
As the Horatio Alger Association annually celebrates the lives of distinguished individuals with awards, the goal is to encourage youth to pursue their dreams through higher education.
Lamb, a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration, was also recognized for his longtime commitment to education.
He was appointed to the USF board of trustees in 2014 and served as president in 2016 before being replaced by board of directors president Ron DeSantis in March 2019. He was later named vice chair under Syd Kitson and succeeded Kitson as chair in January 2022. His term ends in December.
Lamb’s commitment to education is also shared by his father, Eugene Lamb, who serves as president of the Tallahassee Community College Board of Trustees.
How happy Eugene the Lamb expressed both himself and his wife Deloris Agni, who Brian was recognized for the dignified honor.
“We are so proud of our son,” Eugene Lamb told the Tallahassee Democrat on Tuesday. “He uses his gifts given by God as a man.” We know a lot of helpers come home, FAMU High School, University of South Florida and from experience. When you give all these together, it is easy for him to use the talent that he has been given.
During a recent Board of Governors meeting at FAMU, Vice Chair Eric Silagy — who is stepping down this month as CEO of Florida Power & Light — presided over it in Brian Agni’s absence, as the Horace Alger Award induction was held the same week. of ceremonies
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Silagy says Brian is a “passionate advocate for the power of higher education.”
“It was a blow to the players, it was like a basketball court,” said Silagy. “Although I know he never expected recognition for his hard work and commitment to helping others, it’s nice to see him receive this well-deserved national award.”
Board of Governors member Alan Levine believes Brian Lamb embodies the values of the Horace Alger Award, which include personal initiative, perseverance, leadership, commitment to excellence, community service, and a vision to achieve a better future.
“His leadership has left an indelible mark on our University System on the hundreds of thousands of students who have benefited from his tireless leadership,” Levine said in the release. “I am proud to serve under his guidance and proud to call him a friend and soul.”
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