Robert "Bobby" Olszewski '01MA was accustomed to throwing out pitches. As a ruddy-faced boy running around the little league field in his Dr. Phillips neighborhood, he dreamed of growing up to become a professional baseball player. As his adolescent years waned and high school was only memory, Olszewski hung-up his leather mitt and started pitching sports news updates on three different Tampa Bay radio stations, setting his sights on becoming a sports broadcaster.
Over fifteen-years later, he was throwing pitches of his own. “For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Bobby Olszewski and with a last name like Olszewski, you can see why my friends just call me Bobby O,” said Olszewski to any audience that would listen. “I am here because I am running for the Winter Garden Commission in District 3 and I need your support.” After completing three grueling months earlier this year on the campaign trail, Olszewski has the satisfied smile of a victor who triumphed with 70 percent of the vote, winning the three-way race against the two-term incumbent and a fellow challenger.
“I personally walked Winter Garden neighborhoods three out of every five weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday,” Olszewski said, his reddened brow evidence of time spent under the unforgiving Florida sun. “I knocked on every voter’s door at least twice, sometimes even three or four times. I was honored that I was able to resonate with the people and I look forward to serving the people of Winter Garden as long as they will have me.” So how did the media relations professional turned executive marketing and management consultant become a public servant?...read more