FAU Business Leader of the Year
Friday, February 20, 2015
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
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.
This year’s honoree is Jordan Zimmerman, Founder and Chairman of Zimmerman Advertising, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Jordan exemplifies the qualities of fearless leadership that students and businesses will celebrate at the historical FAU College of Business event on February 28, 2014 at the Boca Resort and Club. Since Jordan founded his advertising agency in 1984 in a 400 sq. ft. office in a Fort Lauderdale strip mall, he has turned his vision and trademarked marketing method, Brandtailing® - building a brand over time, while building sales overnight - into a more than $3 billion a year powerhouse. Also a limited partner of the Florida Panthers and investor and board member of various successful companies, Jordan is known for his profound business knowledge. With a passion for education and giving back, Jordan founded the Zimmerman Advertising Program in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Florida, was appointed by former Governor Charlie Crist to serve on the USF Board of Trustees and acts as trustee for Pine Crest School where he built the Zimmerman Family Athletic Complex. His unwavering dedication to education and continued contribution to South Florida business has made Jordan one of the most important business leaders of his generation.
Zimmerman joins past FAU Business Leader of the Year honorees Jim Robo, Mike Jackson, Keith Koenig, Mark B. Templeton, Steve Odland, Alan B. Levan, Jeb Bush, Jerry Levin, Pat Moran, Michael E. Maroone, Bruce Nelson, Edward E. Iacobucci, Lowell W. “Bud” Paxson, Carl DeSantis, Steven R. Berrard, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr., Jim Moran, Michael S. Egan, David I. Fuente, H. Wayne Huizenga and Ronald G. Assaf.