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FAU’s College of Business Honors Mike Jackson with 2010 Business Leader of the Year Award


BOCA RATON, FL (February 15, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business recently hosted the 2010 Business Leader of the Year Awards annual breakfast at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, celebrating the accomplishments of Mike Jackson, chairman and chief executive officer of AutoNation.  

“Mike Jackson exemplifies leadership, and we are proud to recognize him as the 2010 Business Leader of the Year,” said Dennis J. Coates, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Business. “His story of success and leadership is inspirational.” 

The Business Leader of the Year event celebrates the accomplishments of business leaders and their ongoing legacy in improving the overall environment of businesses. According to FAU, Jackson met the criteria of this award as he clearly demonstrated the idealized characteristics of a strong leader, through his management style and overall support of economic development initiatives.

            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 more than 400,000 units each year and servicing more than 5 million vehicles. Even during the economic recession, AutoNation, under Jackson’s leadership, managed to post solid financial results.

Jackson has received numerous leadership awards including the Automotive Hall of Fame in February 1994. Jeffrey Leetma, the Hall of Fame’s president, 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.”

A tribute video and a multimedia presentation also highlighted Jackson character and accomplishments. Other program speakers included FAU President Mary Jane Saunders; keynote speaker Tony Segreto; as well as Coates. The program’s master of ceremonies was Nancy Blosser, past chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees.

            Other attendees included previous Business Leader of the Year recipients Wayne Huizenga, Alan Levan, Mike Maroone and Keith Koenig, as well as Susan Whelchel, mayor of the City of Boca Raton. 

-FAU-

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