E. Roe StampsFounder
E. Roe Stamps, IV of Coconut Grove, FL, is a private investor and co-founder of the Boston-based private investment company Summit Partners. He is a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve, an Industrial Engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, and an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School.
Since his relocation to South Florida in 1993, Roe, along with his wife Penny, has devoted significant time and resources to philanthropic causes in the community. Their interest in South Florida is deeply rooted, as they have been long time supporters of the University of Miami, the Grayvik Animal Care Center, Fairchild Tropical Garden, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Community Partnership for the Homeless, Ransom Everglades School, Breakthrough Miami and a number of other charities throughout the region.
Through the Strive Foundation, formed by Penny and Roe in 1986, they have shown their deep commitment to education, supporting projects and scholarships at more than 40 universities nationwide. And with its Stamps Scholars initiative, the family Foundation has created innovative scholarship programs currently supporting 926 students.
Roe is a Trustee Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Foundation, and a Trustee at the University of Miami, the John S and James L Knight Foundation and several other distinguished organizations. At Georgia Tech, Roe served the Foundation for over 16 years. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Joseph Mayo Pettit Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the highest award conferred by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. He was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Engineering Hall of Fame in 2001 and received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in 2014.
In 2010, Roe was honored by the American Red Cross South Florida Region as the Humanitarian of the Year. In 2012, he was honored by Harvard Business School, receiving its most prestigious award, the Alumni Achievement Award.
Roe now dedicates his time to his personal interests, which include fly-fishing, bird hunting, flying, boating, jazz piano and spending time with his family; son, Will, daughter, Annie and grandson, Hunter. In addition, he also takes time to enjoy his black Labrador retriever Ella, his French bulldog Nacho, and their family’s 14 stray and pedigreed cats.