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A longtime resident of Boca Raton, Florida, James (Jim) Batmasian has made great strides to support and enrich his community. Since relocating to the Southern Florida city more than three decades ago, he has supported a vast array of charities and community organizations on both a local and national level. James Batmasian also spearheaded the development of his own non-profit initiative, PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership). Inspired by the book, The Purpose Driven Life, the program facilitates vocational training for children from low-income families. By fostering life skills, education, and self-confidence, Jim Batmasian and PROPEL assist adolescents in overcoming poverty to become influential community leaders.
Mr. Batmasian has made ongoing personal and financial contributions to several other groups dedicated to education, including K.I.N.D. (Kids in New Directions), Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, the Boca Raton Children’s Museum, and Lynn University. His philanthropic efforts are also directed toward public health and include such organizations as the American Heart Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
James Batmasian maintains an active interest in government and policy issues affecting his city. He participates in town meetings, conducts informal and formal lobbying, and serves as a general advocate for his community. He draws on a background in law, possessing a JD from Harvard Law School and more than four decades of experience in the legal profession.