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FAU’s College of Business Honors Mike Jackson with 2011 Business Leader of the Year Award

            BOCA RATON, FL (November 1, 2010) - Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business and presenting sponsor, BankAtlantic, are hosting the 20 th annual Business Leader of the Year awards breakfast on Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. This year’s program celebrates the accomplishments of Mike Jackson, AutoNation’s chairman and chief executive officer. New this year, sponsorships for the event will assist the College in launching the Business Leader Scholars program.
            The Business Leader of the Year award celebrates the accomplishments of business leaders and their ongoing legacy in improving the overall business environment.  According to FAU, Jackson meets the criteria of this award, exhibiting traits which measure effective leadership in business, including vision, innovation and change, knowledge and experience, transparency and integrity, and social responsibility.
            Jackson joined AutoNation in 1999, serving as CEO and director of the board. Prior to his arrival at AutoNation, Jackson worked at Mercedes Benz where he reinvigorated the companies U.S sales. For his role in reversing the company’s fortunes, Jackson steadily moved up through Mercedes management ranks, and in 1997, he was named president of Mercedes-Benz USA. Today, AutoNation is the country’s largest automotive retailer selling over 400,000 units each year and servicing over 5 million vehicles. Even during the economic recession, AutoNation, under Jackson’s leadership, managed to post solid financial results.
has received numerous leadership awards including the Automotive Hall of Fame in February 1994. The Hall of Fame’s President Jeffrey Leetma said that Jackson’s “leadership at AutoNation is significant not only in the sheer volumes of units delivered but in raising the bar in all areas of the customer experience.”
            Sponsorship for the event includes a corporate table and event admission at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. In addition, sponsorships will launch the Business Leader Scholars program.  A portion of the sponsorship dollars raised from the Business Leader of the Year awards event will provide financial assistance to FAU students.  The level of sponsorships for the event will determine the number of scholarships awarded.  These one-time, expendable awards will be made using the following criteria: a
warded to students enrolled in the College of Business at FAU, who have a minimum 3.25 GPA and demonstrate service leadership qualities.
            Since 1991, FAU’s College of Business has presented the Business Leader of the Year award program, honoring the work of outstanding contributors to the overall business climate of the southeast region of Florida and the state.  Jackson joins other highly honored recipients of the award, including Ronald Assaf, Alexander Dreyfoos, Jim Moran, Wayne Huizenga, Carl DeSantis, Bud Paxson, Jerry Levin, Pat Moran, Jeb Bush, Alan Levan, Mike Maroone, Steve Odland and others.
            For further information regarding the event, contact Kimberly Gramm at 561-297-3628.


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