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FAU Business Leader of the Year

Heiko Dobrikow the 2016 Business Leader of the Year for the FAU College of Business

BLOY award on black background

This event took place on Friday, January 27, 2017

Stay tuned for information on our 2017 Business Leader! 

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.     Networking starts at 7am
Boca Raton Resort and Club

Started in 1991, the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Business Leader of the Year award celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Florida leaders and their impact on the overall business environment. Honorees are selected for their excellence in leadership, vision, innovation, knowledge and experience, transparency and social responsibility.

Read Heiko Dobrikow's Bio here:

Heiko Dobrikow is a seasoned hotelier of over 30 years and a business professional with extensive experience in all areas of the property & asset management. He is an expert in providing advisory support and solutions, such as developing successful management teams, ensuring revenue optimization, implementing service excellence and employee satisfaction. Assets may range from a boutique hotel to a major convention resort, from commercial buildings to residential communities. Heiko is also known taking companies with vertical structures and flatten them by implementing a Servant Leadership Ideology.

Currently Heiko is the Executive Vice President at the Las Olas Company and also the General Manager of the Riverside Hotel, which both are owned and operated by the Wells Family of Fort Lauderdale. Heiko has worked at beautiful resorts such as the Fisher Island Hotel & Resort in Miami, the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove and the Hilton Palm Beach Oceanfront Resort. Heiko believes in community involvement and is currently the 2016 Chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association – Broward Chapter, current Board Member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, current Executive Committee Member of the Winterfest Boat Parade and past Executive Committee Member of the Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association. He further is actively involved as a member at the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, the Rotacyclists Florida, an Ambassador for the Salvation Army and further volunteers as a member of the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Heiko has received awards such as South Florida General Manager of the Year (HSMAI), Chairman’s Award (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce), Broward’s Best Leaders Award (South Florida Executive magazine) and South Florida’s Tourism Legend of the Year (HSMAI).

Heiko grew up in Germany and came to the U.S. at the age of 17 years old. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor in Arts & Science with the desire to becoming Sports Psychologist. However, while studying at KU, he fell in love with the hospitality industry working.

His hobbies are travelling, motorcycling, boating, tennis and golf. He is married to his beautiful wife Elenice and enjoys the company of his Vizsla “Luke” and African Grey Parrots “Malibu” and “Sugar”.

Award Criteria

The FAU Business Leader of the Year award celebrates the accomplishments of business leaders and their ongoing legacy in improving the overall environment of businesses. The program has a twenty-year history of recognizing strong leadership in the state of Florida.

Honoree Selection: The criteria for selection includes a number of traits and characteristics. The traits listed are not an exhaustive list of leadership qualities. They are a composite of leadership qualities the College acknowledges in vetting candidates, and demonstrating wisdom, courage and leadership.

Vision | Innovation | Knowledge & Experience | Transparency | Social Responsibility

Business Leaders Scholars Program

A portion of the sponsorship dollars raised for the Business Leader of the Year Award will provide scholarship assistance to students at Florida Atlantic University. The level of sponsorship will determine the number of scholarship awarded.

These one-time, expendable awards will be made using the following criteria:

  • Awarded to students enrolled in the college of business at FAU
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA to be eligible for the award
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities through service

Students will be notified that they have received a scholarship named for the Business Leader of the Year sponsor and there will be an opportunity for the sponsor and the student to meet at our annual scholarship recognition luncheon.


Previous Recipients

Business Leader of the Year
BLOY winners Jordan Zimmerman, Naren Gursahaney and Jim Robo with Dean Gropper
  2015 Naren Gursahaney ADT
  2014 Jeff Stoops SBA Communications
  2013 Jordan Zimmerman Zimmerman Advertising
  2012 Jim Robo NextEra Energy, Inc.
  2010 Mike Jackson AutoNation
  2009 Keith Koenig City Furniture
  2008 Mark B. Templeton Citrix Systems
  2007 Steve Odland Office Depot
  2006 Alan B. Levan Bank Atlantic
  2005 Jeb Bush State of Florida
  2004 Jerry Levin American Household Prods
  2003 Pat Moran JM Family Enterprises
  2002 Michael E. Maroone AutoNation
  2001 Bruce Nelson Office Depot
  2000 Edward E. Iacobucci Citrix Systems
  1999 Lowell W. "Bud" Paxson Paxson Comm. Corp.
  1998 Carl DeSantis Rexall Sundown
  1997 Steven R. Berrard Republic Industries
  1996 Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. The Dreyfoos Group
  1995 Jim Moran JM Family Enterprises
  1994 Michael S. Egan Alamo Rent-A-Car
  1993 David I. Fuente Office Depot
  1992 H. Wayne Huizenga Blockbuster Entertainment
  1991 Ronald G. Assaf Sensormatic Electronics Corp


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