Jeffrey A. Stoops, philanthropist, President and CEO of SBA Communications Corporation, was the speaker for the first Kravis Center Corporate Partners Business Speakers Series event of the season. The event was held on November 28th in the Khoury Family Dance Rehearsal Hall in the Cohen Pavilion at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
Corporate Partners Executive Committee Chair and Managing Director of UBS Private Wealth Management Eileen Berman, welcomed members and guests.
“We are honored to have Mr. Stoops here with us today,” said Ms. Berman. “He has accomplished so much in his career and continues to ask questions that lead to new strategies to affect change in an ever-evolving industry. He has been recognized internationally for his achievements in business and his commitment to charitable giving. The Business Speaker Series and the Kravis Center are fortunate to have his support.”
After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees from Florida State University, Mr. Stoops was hired by Gunster where he was a partner and practiced for 13 years in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisition areas. He joined SBA Communications in 1997 and was initially responsible for finance, capital market activities, mergers and acquisitions before being appointed President in 2000 and CEO in 2002. Headquartered in Boca Raton, the company is the seventh largest in Florida by market capitalization and is the leading independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure across North, Central and South America. With almost 27,000 sites across the Western Hemisphere, SBA Communications is publicly traded, listed on the NASDAQ exchange (“SBAC”) and has a $29 billion enterprise value.
Mr. Stoops currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Kravis Center. He is past Chairman and current board member of the Personal Communications Industry Association, the trade organization for wireless communications infrastructure industry. Mr. Stoops also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Charity (The Honda Classic), is Director and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton and is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University.
He and his wife Aggie have four children and are devoted to charitable giving and philanthropy through the Stoops Family Foundation, which they started in 2013 as a way to better organize their charitable activities and get their four children involved.
Kravis Center Corporate Partners members are the corporate and professional leadership in Palm Beach County whose mission is to support and enable the Kravis Center to continue its extensive education and community outreach programs. Corporate Partners membership offers business leaders the opportunity to act as an integral part of the Kravis Center, building awareness of the Center within the business community. The Business Speaker Series is one of many benefits for this support level.
Kenneth A. Himmel, President and CEO of Related Urban will be the next speaker at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 23rd. Completing the Speakers Series will be Charles R. Bronfman, Retired Businessman, Co-founder of Birthright Israel, Historica Canada, former Chairman of ACBP, the Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, who will speak at noon on Monday, March 12th.
The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs, by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.
The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.