BBYO presented its Alumnus of the Year Award to Georgia Aquarium Chairman and CEO Mike Leven during the youth group’s International Convention in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Leven, a longtime Atlanta resident, is originally from the Boston area and is an alumnus of BBYO New England Region.

“I am honored to receive this award from BBYO and my brother Alephs,” Leven told the 3,000 teens gathered for IC. “Today’s members are on the path to preserving and protecting the Jewish people throughout their lives. I am so grateful for each Aleph and BBG for all that they do to be together and learn together in BBYO so that they will go on to be the future of our people. That is the power of this amazing organization.”

Leven received the Aleph Zadik Aleph alumnus award, named for AZA founder Sam Beber. Tracy Reichman Kalik of Bethesda, Md., a partner in the law firm Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, won the equivalent BBG award, named for Anita Perlman.

Leven has supported BBYO’s leadership training efforts for Jewish teens and took time to meet with 10 teen leaders during IC.

“It was inspiring to meet and speak with Mike Leven at IC about leadership skills that BBYO has taught me and to hear from him about how he uses those same skills practically and successfully in the real world,” said Ben Kort, a high school senior and BBYO member in Mountain Region.

Leven was chosen for the annual alumnus award for his professional achievements and his contributions to the Jewish community and society at large. As a leader during his time in AZA and throughout his life, Leven has demonstrated a consistent passion, wisdom and unwavering support of BBYO and Jewish teens.