Local JA Leader Receives National Honor

Sandy Rote (center), with JA USA President Jack Kosakowski and JA-Rocky Mountain President Robin Wise

We are proud to announce that Sandy Rothe, partner for Deloitte, has been chosen from more than 237,000 U.S. volunteers as one of 11 recipients of Junior Achievement’s most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award. Junior Achievement’s Gold Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence, recognizing leadership in support of JA’s student impact, resources, operational excellence and sustainability.

Sandy has served on the JA-Rocky Mountain Board of Directors since 2002. He is a founding member of JA’s Endowment Fund and was instrumental in launching one of JA’s signature programs, the JA Stock Market Challenge, which now serves more than 1,500 high school students a year. Sandy has also served on the JA Scholarship Committee for three years and has been a driving force for its success. In addition to guiding strategy for this program, Sandy personally reviews scholarship applications, interviews finalists and attends the scholarship award ceremonies.

“Sandy not only guides JA-Rocky Mountain with excellence, he personally helps young people believe in the marketplace and trust the power of their own potential,” said JA-Rocky Mountain President Robin Wise.  “In fact, no other JA-Rocky Mountain Board member has personally volunteered more than Sandy.”

Sandy is a member of the JA Apple Society at the 750+ student level, having volunteered for JA 37 times since 2002. One of his personal favorites is JA Capitalism with a Conscience, a hands-on program that allows students to discuss business ethics with local business executives.  In the classroom, Sandy is a powerful role model who opens a world of possibilities to students by explaining economic concepts and discussing career opportunities.

Sandy was honored on March 7 at the National Volunteer Summit in New York City.