On our Fifth Anniversary, the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is proud to honor
H. Wayne Huizenga with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year, the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance honors an automotive industry leader for their commitment to the automobile world and automotive business endeavors. Fittingly this year, H. Wayne Huizenga, acknowledged as the founder of AutoNation and his unwavering dedication to the South Florida business and philanthropic communities, has been chosen.
A true innovator in the automotive industry founding AutoNation, Inc., the country’s first and world’s largest publicly owned automotive group, H. Wayne Huizenga is the current Chairman of Huizenga Holdings, Inc. and the sole or majority owner of several service businesses. He has had an unprecedented career as an entrepreneur and is the only person in America to be responsible for six companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, founding three Fortune 500 companies. Among his impressive feats are the creations of Waste Management Inc., building Blockbuster Entertainment into one of the world’s largest entertainment companies, and of course founding AutoNation.
Huizenga’s accomplishments reach beyond the business world and far into the community. He is the only person in the country to own three major sports franchises at the same time; he is responsible for bringing Major League Baseball to South Florida, serving as Chairman for the Florida Marlins from 1993-1998 and ultimately bringing the team to a victory in the World Series in 1997. Additionally, he brought the National Hockey League to South Florida serving as Owner, Chairman and CEO of the Florida Panthers; and serving as owner for 19 years of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.
Huizenga has been honored seven times by business and academic groups as “Entrepreneur of the Year” and he has received the Ernst & Young United States “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award and Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Additionally, he is the five-time recipient of Financial World Magazine’s “CEO of the Year” and was named “Business Leader of the Year” by Georgetown University’s Business School – to name a few of his stellar and impactful accomplishments.
He is a long-time supporter and advocate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County as well as many other organizations. It is because of all of this and so much more that we are pleased to honor H. Wayne Huizenga with the 2011 Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award.