Mike Jackson, chairman and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation, the nation's largest auto dealership network, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday night at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for Florida, held at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate.
Jackson, former head of Mercedes-Benz in the U.S., is credited with helping strengthen the company during a difficult period for the auto industry. In addition, the Entrepreneur of the Year will be chosen from a list of Florida business leaders.
"These finalists create jobs in our area, encouraging community development and innovation in our broader economy," said Patrick Gramling, the Ernst & Young program's host and a strategic-market leader for North Florida. "No matter who wins, we know one thing for sure — Florida is enriched by every one of these finalists."
All regional honorees are invited to an awards ceremony, hosted by Jay Leno, on Nov. 12 inPalm Springs, Calif.
Finalists by region and category are:
Financial Services category -- Peter R. Kassabov, chairman and CEO, Digital Risk, LLC,Maitland
Health Care category – Michael D. Means, president and CEO, Health First, Rockledge
Real Estate and Construction Services category – John R. Jennings, president, CEO and COO, Waste Pro,Longwood
Business Services category – Andrew E. Harold Jr., president, A. Harold and Associates, LLC,Jacksonville
Consumer Services category – Matt Connell, president and CEO, Total Military Management, Inc. Jacksonville
Financial Services category – Richard Kahlbaugh, president and CEO, Fortegra Financial Corporation, Jacksonville
Distribution and Manufacturing category – Neal Asbury, president, The Legacy Companies, Fort Lauderdale
Distribution and Manufacturing category – Mark A. Llano, president and CEO, Source One Distributors, Inc., Wellington
Emerging category – John J. Flynn, Founder, president and CEO, Fleet Advantage, Fort Lauderdale
Emerging category – Matias De Tezanos, founder and CEO, BrokersWeb.com, Inc.,Miami
Financial Services category – Bob Castro, founder and president, Bankers Healthcare Group Inc.,Southwest Ranches
AutoNation's Mike Jackson honored
|Get Business Mobile Text Alerts|
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
Los Angeles Times welcomes civil dialogue about our stories; you must register with the site to participate. We filter comments for language and adherence to our Terms of Service, but not for factual accuracy. By commenting, you agree to these legal terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.
Having technical problems? Check here for guidance.