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Lester Abberger, Chairman

Lester Abberger is managing partner of B.L. Abberger & Co., senior adviser to Florida First Capital Finance Corp., and a limited partner of Civic Software/Hometown Neighborhoods, a new urbanist real estate development, investment, and consulting concern.

He is chairman of the Florida Conservation Campaign, the Museums of Florida History, the City of Tallahassee Urban Design Commission, and Horizon Communities, a national faith-based prison ministry. He is an emeritus director and past chairman of 1000 Friends of Florida and the Florida Humanities Council.
He served as chairman of the national Federation of State Humanities Councils and was a trustee of the National Trust for the Humanities. He was chairman of Leadership Florida and is a recipient of that organization’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Mr. Abberger serves or has served on the boards of several private companies and a number of civic, charitable, and cultural organizations including Neighborhood Medical Centers, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, M + S Banks, Health News Florida, the FAJUA, the Leon County Charter Review Commission, the LeRoy Collins-Leon County Public Library System, and the Tallahassee Bach Parley.

He is a graduate of Davidson College, where he serves on the Board of Visitors, and is a Knight Fellow at the University of Miami School of Architecture. He is a member of the American Bach Society, the United States Squash Association, the H.L. Mencken Society, the American Ceramics Circle, and The Congress for the New Urbanism.