Hall of Honor
Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1925, Gus Stavros is a 1948 graduate of Columbia University, majoring in Business Administration.
Gus served with General George Patton and is a decorated WWII veteran. Following the war, he made his mark in the business world by starting a business forms manufacturing company, Better Business Forms, in Pinellas County, Florida in 1960. After 30 years of building the company into the largest forms manufacturer in the Southeast, Gus Stavros sold his company in 1989 and retired to join his wife, Frances, in serving the community full time in education, culture, and other major charitable causes.
Among his many charitable endeavors, Gus Stavros founded the Pinellas Education Foundation and initiated Enterprise Village and Finance Park at the Stavros Institute, a nationally acclaimed facility in the teaching of free enterprise and a market economy to 17,000 fifth graders annually and fiscal responsibility to 14,000 eighth graders annually. In addition to the Gus A. Stavros Institute in Largo, the Free Enterprise and Economic Education Centers at Florida State and the University of South Florida both bear his name. Gus Stavros is fond of saying, “Tell me I forget. Show me I remember. Involve me I understand.”