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 Biography

 
 
"I love to wake up downtown and being able to participate in the numerous community, business, and lifestyle activities available. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.”
 
A long term east Fort Lauderdale resident, Lee recently made a lifestyle change when she moved to a condo one block off Las Olas Boulevard. With her business office located south of the New River on Andrews Avenue; Lee lives, plays, and works within walking distance of downtown Fort Lauderdale.
 
Lee is a career banker with Sterling Bank. She balances her professional life by participating in a number of community activities and serves on several charitable and professional boards including Winterfest, Riverwalk Trust, Kids In Distress, Pinion benefiting Special Olympics, Glam-A-Thon benefiting breast cancer and SABA (South Andrews Business Association).
 
Friday and Saturday nights are for friends. She can often be found in one of the many restaurants on Las Olas. With all the buzz in her life it is no wonder she moved downtown where all the activities are within a five mile drive!
 
So how does she relax other than weekends on Las Olas Boulevard with friends?  She is an avid traveler but her passion is tennis which she indulges regularly at Jimmy Evert Tennis Center.  Her new blonde Afghan Hound, Titan can be seen taking her for a walk on the Boulevard many evenings.  

Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?

My mother, has never let me down and is always there for me.

 

You are out in the public arena quite often; who is the most interesting person you have ever met?

Max Osceola.

 

How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?

I need to have a passion for the cause and I also must have some fun in the hours I spend volunteering.

 

How have things changed for you through the years?

I have definitely learned to adapt and be flexible.

 

What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?

My connections in the community, along with my energy.

 

What is your greatest challenge at this time?

 

Getting through the tough economic times.

 

What is the most important thing you have learned through the years? 

Patience-I used to want everything perfect in my eyes, now not so much, close enough.

 

How do you relax?

I don’t, should I?

 

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Center court, Wimbledon.

 

What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of? 

Time.

 

If you found a treasure chest – and you could keep it, what would you want to be in it?

The Hope Diamond.

 

How can we reach out to other people in the world?

 Open your heart and smile.

 

What can make you laugh?  Anything.

 

What can make you cry? Anything.

Are you where you hoped you would be at this point in your life?

Absolutley.

 

Is there a fond childhood memory you can share with us?

Planting a flower garden with my mother, pansies were my favorite.

 

When you were a little girl, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?

An academy award winner.

 

What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?

Lack of a sense of humor.

 

How do you want to be remembered by future generations?

A kind person that made a little bit of difference.

 

What do your want your epitaph to read?

Sorry I had to leave so soon.

 

Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your

life? 

Tempus Fugit.

 

What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?

To thine own self be true.

 

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title of it be? 

What a Ball! 

 

Who is your hero? 

Princess Diana.

 

What is your favorite sport?

Tennis.

 

Do you feel women have made progress in their quest to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace?

Progress-yes, are we where we should be – no, we are still own the way.

 

How does the “seasoned” woman compete in a marketplace that is focused on looking and being young?

She doesn’t.

 

Is there a special “aha” moment in your life when you knew “I get it now!”?

My first love.

 

What three things are always in your refrigerator?

Champagne, wine and vodka in the freezer.

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My dignity.

 

What is your greatest indulgence?

Giving.

 

What magazine do you look forward to reading each week/month?

Go Riverwalk.

 

What is your favorite restaurant?

Timpano’s and Café Royal in London.

 

What will we find you doing on a Saturday night?

Having fun with friends.

 

What is your favorite room in your house?

Any room but the kitchen.

 

What is your greatest strength?

Love.

 

What is your greatest weakness?

Love.

 

What are you most disciplined about?

Banking.

 

If there were a movie being made about your life, what actor/actress would best play you?

Goldie Hawn.

 

If you were going to be on a Space Shuttle for about a year, what one item would you have to take with you?

My tennis racquet.

 

Do you have a Fashion Addiction?

Right now purses and jewelry.

 

What is your biggest fear?

The return of prohibition.

 

What do you like the most about yourself? 

My smile.

What would you still like to learn how to do? 

Run a wine vineyard.

 

What do you have to say to all the young women/men out there ready to take on the future? 

Get ready. . . .

 

What would you like to see happen in our world, let’s say, five years from now?

A cure for cancer.

 

What is the greatest problem we are facing in this country today?

Anticipation.

 

 

 

Wow, you were modest in your interview. Andy how can you remember all that?
Ginny
21-Nov-09


As usual, Black Tie asked all the right questions. Where are the answers mentioning "Bond Girl," "Firebird Girl," Cadillac, Porsche, J. R. Ewing, Christmas decorations (what a set of balls,) Targa, Devon, Mara Lago, Earnie's, high tea at the Palace, the Orient Express, Niki Grossman, the Governor's Suite, Mayor Bloomberg's flowers, garage sales, Boat Parades, helicopters, champagne brunches (the Grand Canyon comes to mind,) the Langham, the Waldorf , the Palace, the Ritz, the Grande, Las Vegas, All Girls cruises, Valentines Day, birthday parties, the Hard Rock, NOVA, home-made Chile, Overseas National Airways, Vizcaya, hurricane parties (there's that Champagne, again,) the Down Under, the Downtowner, Pola, safaris, Idylwilde, safe deposit boxes, the US Navy, dining over the Atlantic, the Crown Jewels, the Orient Express, castles, Crystal and Christopher, the JetStar, the Lonestar State, the Duke and Dutchess of York, Andy Rodick, Best Cosmo in the World. Whew, I'm running out of space. Black Tie--this lady's experiences may just merit ANOTHER interview!
Andy.
03-Nov-09


You forgot one: Your Biggest admirer: Me
Mary Ann Williamson
19-Oct-09


Hope you like your feature on Have You Met
Ginny Fujino
19-Oct-09