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Leo Goodwin Foundation Provides Support to Assure Scholarships and Excellence for Tourism Students at the University of Florida

The 2017 Tourism Summit sponsored by the University of Florida will be held April 26-27, 2017 at the BoardWalk Inn at Walt Disney World. The Summit has drawn support from some of Florida’s preeminent organizations, including the Leo Goodwin Foundation. The Goodwin family founded GEICO Insurance Company; the Foundation was established in 1953 and is based in Fort Lauderdale.

“The spirit of public-private partnership pervades the Summit. Support from the Leo Goodwin Foundation is a prime example of how a world-class tourism program, like the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute, benefits from the wisdom and support of civic-minded organizations that value the impact of tourism on their community, both today and in the future,” said Mike Reid, Dean of the University of Florida college where the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute resides.

“The Summit agenda will focus on emerging issues which will determine the future of travel and tourism. Financial contributions like that from the Leo Goodwin Foundation, assures we are able to educate the most deserving students, insuring that tomorrow’s tourism leaders are world-class, also,” said Reid.

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The Leo Goodwin Foundation, a charitable foundation based in Broward County, was established by Leo Goodwin Sr. and Jr. It was the Goodwin family that founded GEICO Insurance Company.

The mission of the Foundation is to improve the lives of all of those who live in the community. Their work began with the youngest and most vulnerable in the community. Their initial investments supported the efforts of Kids In Distress; the Boys and Girls Clubs; PACE Center for Girls; SOS Children’s Villages and many others whose primary focus was on the kids.

The Trustees of the Foundation quickly saw the importance of education and made a significant commitment to Nova Southeastern University. The Goodwin name prominently appears throughout Nova’s Davie campus. In addition, the Foundation funds and distributes scholarships each year to numerous deserving students at the Nova Law School and Broward College.

It is the hope of the Foundation that its efforts will benefit the community as a whole and that their positioning line, “By Doing, Good We All Win”, is fulfilled. To learn more about the Leo Goodwin Foundation, please visit or call 954.772.6863.


The Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute is one of the leading tourism research institutes in the world. Created in 2010 to serve tourism destinations and industries through research. Since its establishment, EFTI has been committed to excellence in research, and has evolved to become a major institute for tourism research globally. The Institute facilitates interdisciplinary research projects focusing on a wide range of travel, tourism and hospitality opportunities. The Institute is dedicated to being the premier academic tourism research institute with a focus on contributing to the long-term sustainability of communities in a global society. EFTI is housed within the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida.


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