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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
Brent Burns is executive vice president and chief operating officer of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive corporation ranked No. 21 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” He also serves as a member of the company’s Executive Management Team, which directs the development and implementation of its long-range planning for future growth.
As COO, Burns oversees JM Family’s three operating business units – Southeast Toyota Distributors, JM&A Group and World Omni Financial Corp. – and leads the organization’s overall strategic planning and diversification efforts.
Burns joined JM Family in 2000 and was promoted to president of World Omni in 2001. He was named JM Family’s chief financial officer in 2008, where he was instrumental to the company’s successful financial stability during the country’s economic downturn. With nearly 20 years of leadership experience in automotive operations and finance prior to JM Family, Burns held several senior level positions at various companies including Alamo Rent-A-Car, Inc.; AutoNation Financial Services, Inc.; KPMG Peat Marwick; and RMS Networks, Inc.
Burns graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and was named as a 2016 inductee into the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Burns also sits on the boards of Kids In Distress and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. He and his wife live in Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla. and have two children.
Founded by Jim Moran in 1968, JM Family is a $14.9 billion company also ranked No. 55 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 19th consecutive year on the list. JM Family has approximately 4,200 associates and its primary subsidiaries and divisions include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles; JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance products in the automotive industry; World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company; and JM Lexus, the largest volume Lexus dealership in the world. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and St. Louis, Mo.