John H. Sykes, founder of JHS Capital Advisors, has more than 33 years of business and community leadership. Sykes is also the Chairman of the Board of JHS Capital Holdings, Inc., as well as the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Sykes Enterprises, Inc., a global leader in the business process outsourcing arena. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the company is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange (SYKE) and has more than 54,000 employees in 23 countries. Sykes retired from its helm in 2004.
Recognized with numerous awards for his entrepreneur abilities and community involvement, Sykes has been named Florida Entrepreneur of the Year; Innovator of the Year (awarded by industry peers); the Tampa Police Department Citizen of the Year; the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers Citizen of the Year; and Florida Free Enterpriser of the Year (awarded by the Florida Council on Economic Education).
Sykes has also been inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame and the Academy of Achievement Hall of Fame of Sales and Marketing Executives International. In addition to a number of other ventures, he owns Cloverleaf Farms II, Inc., a thoroughbred horse farm in Florida, and Woodford Thoroughbreds, LLC in Kentucky — a multi-million dollar leader in the thoroughbred industry.
Active in the Tampa Bay community, as well as his hometown of Charlotte, NC, Sykes serves as Chairman of NorthStar Banking Corporation and NorthStar Bank, is a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman Emeritus of the University of Tampa, and a Board Member at Queens University in Charlotte. He is also a member of the United Way Million Dollar Roundtable.