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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. In 1997, Florida State University awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Moran 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."
JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is an $11.5 billion diversified automotive company. Its primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota and Scion vehicles; World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company; JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance products in the automotive industry; JM Lexus, the largest volume Lexus dealership in the world; and JM Service Center LLC, the company’s internal shared services center.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc. is ranked No. 27 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” JM Family is also ranked No. 37 by FORTUNE® as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” its 16th consecutive year on the list.
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