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November 4, 2014

Mitchell D. Weiner Appointed to The Board of Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools

By Mitch Weiner

Mitchell D. Weiner— Entrepreneur, Business Transformation Pioneer and Founder and CEO of one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies, Appointed to The Board of Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools

Tel Aviv, Israel and New York, New York, November 4, 2014—

Israel Sci-Tech Schools, Israel's largest independent educational network of schools and colleges, and FSO, the USA’s fastest growing onsite outsourcing company, announce the appointment of Mitchell D. Weiner, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of FSO to the board of directors at Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools.

Mr. Weiner’s appointment strengthens and expands awareness and support in the United States, ensuring the security and vitality of Israel through the advancement of a strong science and technology education for all its citizens. Israel Sci-Tech Schools' graduates are among Israel’s most productive citizens: a workforce of engineers, senior military personnel, high tech entrepreneurs and scientists who are the backbone and the future of Israel.

Said Zvi Peleg, Israel Sci-Tech Schools' Director General, “There was an immediate warm connection between Mitch and us and Israel Sci-Tech Schools. Our schools are known for outside the box thinking and in Weiner’s case there is not even a box! We look forward to working with Mitch on strengthening the bond between Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools in the US and our network of schools in Israel.”

Commented Weiner, “Israel Sci-Tech Schools operates one of the largest Research & Development and Training centers for science and technology education in the world. It develops innovative curricula for robotics, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, teaching-learning methodologies and online pedagogy for implementation in Israel and export to education systems and hundreds of schools around the world. Not only do these life-changing inventions benefit all of humanity, they promise high employment at good salaries contributing to the economy of Israel. I couldn’t be happier to be part of such a noble effort.”

Adds Peleg, “In high school, did you ever see sparks fly off the sun through a state-of-the-art telescope or build a military vehicle for the IDF Armaments Corps? For nearly 1,200 students at Tzimbaum Israel Sci-Tech High School this is part of their daily learning. Tzimbaum is one of two aerospace schools in Israel – both belonging to the Israel Sci-Tech network. It caters to the full range of high school students and prepares its students to think creatively with innovative curricula including aviation, aerospace, physics, mathematics, computer programming, social studies and theater.”

“The business value of technology is limitless in this rapidly growing field. Humans already depend on robots in many spheres – robot-assisted search and rescue teams, surgeons making smaller incisions and enabling better prognoses, unmanned vehicles and airplanes, spray-painting cars,” says Weiner. “From creating food for astronauts, turning plastic into paper, to preventing tanker oil spills - Israel's accomplishments in science and technology continue to amaze all of us. Many of these life-changing inventions come from students.“

In addition to traditional learning, students of the Israel Sci-Tech Schools supplement their education with active participation in community service. “Mechubarim” (Connected) is an example of a program connecting hundreds of Holocaust Survivor to Cyberspace. 400 dedicated, tech-savvy teens put in the time to make a real, personal ‘connection’ with survivors.

Says Weiner, “It’s amazing, the students teach their elder partner how to use computers and explore the Internet. After they have learned basic skills, the seniors write their life stories on the computer bringing their past to life for their grandchildren and generations to come. This project helps the young and old bridge the generation gap. Together they learn to see beyond stereotypes and discover the value of each person.”

Mrs. Edith Everett – Chairman of the Board of Friends of Israel Sci-Tech school congratulated Mitch on joining the board and said “Thanks to the interest and support of Directors like Mitch Weiner, we are training teens with vision, a creative spirit and a desire to make a difference to Israel and the world.

The Israel Sci-Tech Schools network was established in Israel at 1949 and to date, has over 500,000 graduates.”

About 20 years ago, incoming Israel Sci-Tech Schools Director, Weiner, co-founded Archer Management. The company pioneered mailroom outsourcing – essentially bringing his employees into law firms and other companies to manage all aspects of the mailroom. After growing the company, Weiner was part of the sale of Archer to Oce (now Canon) in the mid-1990s. He then repeated the success with a startup, rapid growth and sale of another outsourcing company, his third business success. With each, he’s laid a bit more of the foundation for FSO – and the acceptance of onsite outsourcing within multi-billion dollar companies. Like Israel Sci-Tech Schools, Weiner’s firm creates jobs and opportunities for the underserved which he believes, will be his corporate legacy.

About Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools (the Friends organization)
Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools is the new North American non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening Israel Sci-Tech Schools network - the largest network of independent science and technology schools in Israel. This network includes 212 schools and colleges and 100,000 Israeli students as well as 500,000 alumni. The school network that the Friends organization supports was originally founded in Russia in 1880 and was established in Israel in 1949. Funds raised by the Friends organization are designated for a variety of educational programs to keep pace with the ever-changing fields of science and technology and for special social and volunteer programs. Donations can also be earmarked to update existing classrooms and labs, or to build new schools. Please visit www.israel-scitech-schools.org for more information.

About FSO
FSO is committed exceeding our client’s expectations every day. From our Founder & Chief Happiness Officer, Mitch Weiner through our 1,700 onsite employees, our focus is on delivering an unmatched outsourcing experience. Recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest growing companies for the third consecutive year, FSO's growth and success can be attributed to making a positive and powerful impact on our clients' bottom lines, as well as their employees' careers and lives

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