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2013: Mr. Collier received a personal "thank you" letter from President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, after giving them an autographed copy of his book, The Janitor's Sons: A True Story of Hope, Shattered Dreams, and Winning Despite Adversity.

2013: Mr. Collier received a commendation letter from the U.S. Department of Education for his book, The Janitor's Sons: A True Story of Hope, Shattered Dreams, and Winning Despite Adversity.

2010: Appointed by West Palm Beach Mayor, Lois Frankel, to the city's Pension Benefits Task Force, a fact finding team formed to review the city's fire rescue and police department pension plans, historical and current financial data, processes, key areas impacting the city's budget, and to make recommendations to the city commission. The committee's recommendations serve as a model for pension reform.

2006: TABB Group, the financial markets research and strategic advisory firm, recognized Citigroup Investment Research as the most widely used research provider by large buy-side money managers.  Mr. Collier's role as the Software Quality Manager for Citigroup Investment Research was pivotal in helping the team optimize its ability to perform for the world's top money managers.

2005:
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. was awarded first place for information technology compliance by "Tech Forum" for its Software Quality Assurance Workspace application. Mr. Collier edited the application's process documentation, and chaired a 13 member cross-organizational committee which re-engineered the global investment bank's UAT standards. These initiatives helped Citigroup earn this prestigious distinction for outstanding information technology controls.

2001 & 2002:  Smith Barney Access (www.SmithBarney.com) was rated the #1 overall full service brokerage website by Watchfire Gomez Pro.  Mr. Collier was instrumental in helping the Smith Barney team significantly improve its ranking during his tenure as a top ranked business analyst at Smith Barney.

Positive Mental Attitude Award: Former NCAA wrestling champion, Dick Cook, wrestling coach at North Farmington High School (Michigan), presented Mr. Collier with the school's Positive Mental Attitude Award. Mr. Collier served as wrestling team co-captain.

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