PRINCETON, NJ – 03-03-2020 (PRDistribution.com) — Steve Mariotti, best-selling author and the founder of the global nonprofit Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) was selected for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Education by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). This prestigious award honors his proficiency, creative contributions and dedication to the field of education and the millions of young people who have benefited from his work.

Membership to the International Association of Top Professionals is highly selective, and the Lifetime Achievement Award honors top-achievers from this group. These special honorees are distinguished by longevity in their fields along with the great contribution and impact they have made in their careers. Mr. Mariotti will be honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala at the end of this year with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  www.iaotp.com/award-gala

Mr. Mariotti has dedicated over 30 years to bringing entrepreneurship and business ownership to millions through both his nonprofit NFTE and the millions of copies of his books that have been sold. Mr. Mariotti’s career has touched nearly every aspect of business. He started as the youngest senior analyst in Ford’s Motor Company’s history before leading a team in Ford’s International Finance Department that developed systems still in place today to lower the company’s borrowing costs and save over $2 million dollars a year.  Mr. Mariotti also helped draft portions of Ford’s initial policy against apartheid in 1979 with legendary civil rights leader and social activist Leon Sullivan. Mr. Mariotti then left Ford Motor Company to start his business Mason Import/Export Services in New York City. Although Mason was successful, Mr. Mariotti felt he was still destined to do more and felt a calling to teach and work with urban youth. Mr. Mariotti sold the business and became a special education teacher in New York City teaching in Bedford Stuyvesant, South Bronx and NYC’s Lower East Side.

Mr. Mariotti earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In 1990, Mr. Mariotti was granted an honorary Ph.D. in Business and Entrepreneurship by Johnson & Wales University. Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP stated, “Choosing Mr. Mariotti for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make.  Mr. Mariotti’s commitment to facilitating change within his community proves what a genuine leader he is. He demonstrates integrity and makes a wonderful addition as an honored Lifetime Achievement Member and we cannot wait to call him onto the stage at the Plaza Hotel in December for this honor.”

In 1987, in a South Bronx classroom dedicated to high school students who had dropped out of school, Mr. Mariotti launched the South Bronx Entrepreneurial Education Project. Inc. which soon became the national Foundation for Teaching entrepreneurship, a charity commonly known as NFTE and pronounced (Nifty). NFTE’s mission is to teach low income youth the basic principles of entrepreneurship and wealth creation so they can find their pathway to success. NFTE has served more than 1,000,000 youth globally with entrepreneurship education and uses Mr. Mariotti’s textbooks and curriculum in 22 states and 12 countries.  Mr. Mariotti’s curriculum has been used to train more than 12,000 teachers worldwide all over the world.

After teaching math and entrepreneurship at Rikers Island, NYC’s main jailing facility and one of the largest jails in America, Mr. Mariotti and Mr. Joseph Robinson co-founded Inmates Teaching Entrepreneurship and Mentorship (ITEM) in 1995. ITEM is a prison-based program that teaches inmates how to share the basics of business ownership with their children and with fellow incarcerated men. This program soon spread to other prisons and has become a national model. 

Aside from his successful career, Mr. Mariotti is a sought-after speaker, lecturer, regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He has published numerous articles and has co-authored or authored 43 books and manuals. He has served as a motivational coach to empower entrepreneurs worldwide and has spoken as an entrepreneurship expert at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Brown, Berkeley, Georgetown, Baylor and Babson College. Mr. Mariotti has also traveled as a US State Department guest to Southeast Asia to share his entrepreneurial education to emerging economies. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Mariotti has received many awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession.  In 2019, Mr. Mariotti was honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel for his selection as Top Entrepreneur of the Year by IAOTP. He has also received the Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the National Director’s Entrepreneurship Award from the United States Department of Commerce, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the ACE/Currie Foundation’s Humanitarian Venture Award, the Salvatori Award and the Society of Entrepreneurial Educators (SEE) first award for Outstanding Educator.  Mr. Mariotti has been selected to be featured in multiple volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s who in Finance and Business, and Who’s Who in the World. 

Looking back, Mr. Mariotti attributes his success to his education, mentors he had along the way and his passion for helping people. He says his work is very gratifying and hopes that others will consider a teaching career in low income communities. When not working, he enjoys chess, hiking, collecting rare books and attending seminars at the Institute for Advanced Studies in his hometown of Princeton, NJ.  For the future, he hopes to continue making a difference in people’s lives any way that he can.

For more information on Mr. Mariotti please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemariotti/

To view his Video Biography please visit: 

About IAOTP

The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. 

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

For more information on IAOTP please visit: www.iaotp.com

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