Helen Leslie

In honor of her accomplishments and contributions to the SPC community, the SPC Alumni Association presented Helen Krauss Leslie with the Outstanding Alumna Award in 2012.

“Helen is a wonderful example of what a person can achieve when they combine passion, talent and a first-rate education,” said John Brown, President of the Alumni Association. Leslie attended St. Petersburg College in spring 1940, where she was the only female in her Mechanical Drawing class. In 1943, she graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Business Administration as one of only two female graduates in the Business College.

Leslie was president and owner of J&W Supply House, Inc. and co-owner, secretary and treasurer of Krauss Company, Krauss Roofing Company, Inc. and Stone and Clay Products Corporation. She served as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Committee for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education for the Pinellas County Schools and co-chair of the Executive Committee for Goals for St. Petersburg.

She received the Outstanding Service to St. Petersburg citation in 1962. Beyond this community, Leslie has been active in state-wide organizations including the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, the Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, the Florida Elections Commission and Florida Textbook Evaluation Committee. She was involved nationally and internationally with several organizations including the National Advisory Council for Small Business Administration and she received a Certificate of Achievement from the American Bureau for Medical Aid to China for her outstanding service.