BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Media Advisory) — Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business will host its 23rd annual Business Leader of the Year awards breakfast on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 8 a.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 East Camino Real, in Boca Raton. This year’s program celebrates the accomplishments of Jeffrey A. Stoops, director, president and chief executive officer of SBA Communications Corporation. Sponsors for the event will assist the College in supporting the Business Leader Scholars’ program.
“For more than two decades, FAU’s Business Leader of the Year award has celebrated the accomplishments of exceptional individuals and their ongoing achievements in our business community and society at large,” said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D. dean of FAU’s College of Business. “Jeff Stoops and SBA have been long-time supporters of the FAU College of Business – most recently in creating the SBA Communications Professor Program Fund in support of the work of an outstanding faculty member in the College.”
SBA Communications Corporation is a leading independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure across North, Central and South America. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boca Raton, SBA is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol: SBAC.
Stoops has been chief executive officer of SBA since January 2002. He was appointed president in April 2000 and has been a director since August 1999. Stoops also served as chief financial officer from December 1998 to April 2000. He joined the company in March 1997, initially responsible for finance, capital market activities, mergers and acquisitions and legal matters.
Prior to joining SBA Communications Corporation, Stoops was a partner with Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, a Florida based law firm, where he practiced for 13 years in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions areas.
Stoops is a current director and past chairman of the Personal Communications Industry Association, the trade organization for the wireless communications infrastructure industry, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew’s School and on the finance committee of the Board of Trustees of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. He received a Bachelor’s of Science and a Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University.
Sponsorship for the event includes a corporate table and event admission at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. In addition, a portion of the sponsorship dollars raised from the Business Leader of the Year awards event will provide financial assistance to FAU students. The level of sponsorships for the event will determine the number of scholarships awarded. These one-time, expendable awards only are granted to students enrolled in the College of Business at FAU and who also meet the criteria of a minimum 3.25 G.P.A. and demonstrate service leadership qualities.
Since 1991, FAU’s College of Business has presented the Business Leader of the Year award program, honoring the work of outstanding contributors to the overall business climate of the southeast region of Florida and the state. Stoops joins other recipients of the award, including Jordan Zimmerman; Jim Robo; Mike Jackson; Ronald Assaf; Alexander Dreyfoos; Jim Moran; Wayne Huizenga; Carl DeSantis; Bud Paxson; Jerry Levin; Pat Moran; Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Alan Levan; Mike Maroone and others.