Five Apply for Open KUA Board Seat

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 1, 10:30 am – Five Kissimmee residents have submitted applications to serve on the board of directors of Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA). The deadline for completed applications was May 28.

The candidates:

Joseph L. Colon, 405 Fountainhead Circle, is a retired consumer litigation executive. He holds a degree from Pace University in New York, NY. Colon is a one-year resident of Kissimmee.

Samuel Flores, 1213 Bermuda Lakes Lane, is general manager of Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kissimmee. He holds a business management degree from Northhampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA and is a 30-month resident of Osceola County.

Angel S. Irizarry, 3540 Cozumel Circle, is a retired postal manager from Brooklyn, NY and previously served in the U.S. Army. He is a 17-month resident of Kissimmee.

James R. Kasper, 303 Drury Avenue, is broker for Kasper Real Estate. He holds a degree from Orlando Junior College. Kasper is a 40-year resident of Kissimmee and currently serves on the City of Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Board and Osceola County’s Development Board.

Bob Makinson, 901 Neptune Road, is owner of Bob Makinson Realty & Associates and Cruises Yes travel agency. He is a former Kissimmee mayor and city commissioner. Makinson holds a diploma from the Georgia Military Academy and is a lifelong resident of Osceola County.

The open position was created when board chairman Don Shearer announced in April that he would not seek a second term on the board because of a pending move outside Kissimmee city limits.

The KUA board will interview the candidates at a public meeting at 4:00 pm on June 10. The board will then select one candidate whose name will go before the Kissimmee City Commission on June 29 for final confirmation.
The candidate confirmed by the City Commission will be sworn in at the board’s October meeting and serve until September 30, 2009.

Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water, and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris Gent
Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116