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About Jim Moran
From modest beginnings in Chicago, Jim Moran's entrepreneurial spirit came alive when he began selling soda pop at sand lot baseball games at the age of seven. As he neared adulthood in 1939, he saved $360 to buy a Sinclair gas station, soon turning it into the highest volume and most profitable Sinclair station in Chicago. His skill and innovation in advertising and marketing helped him build his Hudson and then Ford dealerships into the world's largest. He was a pioneer in the use of television to sell cars, and came to be known as "Jim Moran the Courtesy Man." He became the only automobile dealer ever to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine on March 24, 1961.
Jim Moran was presented with the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in 1996. The Florida State University awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Moran in 1997 to recognize his marketing talent and skills. On October 11, 2005, Jim Moran was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. It is the highest honor bestowed in the international motor vehicle industry and is reserved for those who have significantly influenced the automotive industry and are distinguished for their creativity, toil and genius.
Jim Moran's desire to give back to the community led to the creation of The Jim Moran Foundation in 2000. Its mission is "to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community."
Jim Moran was the founder of the most successful automobile distributorship in the world, Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET), with the rights to distribute Toyota products in the Southeast United States. SET's parent company, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., is no. 37 on Forbes' list of "America's Largest Private Companies," and is currently ranked no. 32 by FORTUNE® magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." This is its 15th consecutive year on the list, and it continues to be the highest-ranked company headquartered in Florida. Additionally, the company is also ranked no. 4 on Florida Trend's largest private companies list.
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