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Introducing the 2018 African-American Achievers

JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus to Honor Local Leaders at Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 25

On Wednesday, April 25, JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus will host the 26th annual African-American Achievers ceremony. The 2018 honorees were selected by an independent panel of community leaders following the review of nearly 100 nominations received from throughout South Florida after an extensive public outreach campaign. 

This year, JM Family and its subsidiaries are honored to recognize four impressive women from throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties:

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Arts & Culture: Cornelia ‘Corky’ Dozier 
An Emmy Award-winning director, playwright, producer and Broadway performer, Cornelia “Corky” Dozier is a trailblazer for integrating theater in South Florida and expanding the scope of the arts for multicultural communities. She developed the first state-funded arts intervention program for social change following the McDuffie riots in Miami, and wrote and produced a nationally recognized PBS documentary about the incident that received several awards. As founder of the Coconut Grove Playhouse Children’s Theater, Dozier was instrumental in opening doors for aspiring actors by providing opportunities never before available. She has been recognized as an Ambassador of the Arts for children and minorities by Miami-Dade County, and in 1999 was honored by the state of Florida for her outstanding public service. Having more than 35 years experience with many nonprofit organizations, Dozier continues to impact lives in the Miami community by fostering greater access to the arts and identifying arts and culture as the voice of the voiceless.
Business & Entrepreneurism: Traci Lynn 
Traci Lynn’s knack for business started at a young age and has been a driving force behind her successful direct-sales company, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry. An entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, Lynn fuels her sales consultants with a mission she calls Passing the MIC: Motivate, Inspire, Change. This mission has helped grow her initial, $200 investment into a multi-million dollar enterprise with nearly 35,000 sales consultants. She has received several honors including the Madam CJ Walker Award through the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and in 2017, was recognized by Direct Selling News as one of the most influential women in her industry. Lynn was also featured on Good Morning America for top businesses among young entrepreneurs and continues to mentor young professionals to follow their dreams. Giving back is something Lynn feels strongly about and since 2013, her non-profit organization Traci Lynn Cares has raised more than $300,000 for the American Cancer Society. Lynn’s rise to success is a testimony of how much one can achieve with tenacity, confidence and a lot of faith.
Community Service: Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D. 
Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D., an islander from humble beginnings, understood that even with limited resources she could someday affect lives in an extraordinary way. In 2006, Smith-Baugh's leadership elevated her to president and CEO of Urban League of Broward County. Committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through education, jobs, housing, health and small business, she led a $9 million capital campaign to construct the Community Empowerment Center – an achievement to empower communities and change lives for thousands of families. Smith-Baugh spearheaded efforts to secure Fort Lauderdale as the premier destination for the 2015 National Urban League Conference, the third-largest attended conference in its history. Founder of a collegiate organization for women, SISTUHS, she is also dedicated to inspiring leadership in girls and women. She earned her doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University and has received numerous accolades including 2016 National Urban League Woman of Power Award and in 2017 was named one of the Ultimate CEOs by South Florida Business Journal. Smith-Baugh is a true beacon for those in need and is dedicated to inspiring major change among youth and families.

Education: Jacquelyn Haywood 
At a young age, Jacquelyn Haywood knew her life’s purpose would be to strengthen underprivileged communities through education. After obtaining her post-graduate degrees in psychology and exceptional student education (ESE), she earned additional degrees in guidance, counseling and educational leadership to excel in her calling. Now, more than 35 years later, Haywood is a veteran of Broward County Public Schools. In her first job as a school psychometrist, she worked to ensure that struggling students were not unjustly labeled or disproportionately placed in ESE classes. Haywood is currently a Cadre Director for the Office of School Performance and Accountability, where she supervises 11 principals at turn-around schools to facilitate improvements. Under her leadership, 10 schools improved within a year: four increased two letter grades and two increased one letter grade – a truly remarkable achievement. Haywood’s professional endeavors and accomplishments have been inspired by Nelson Mandela’s words, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

In recognition of the Achievers and their efforts to improve the quality of life in the local community, a contribution of $10,000 will be made in each Achiever’s name to the South Florida charity(ies) of her choice. This year’s contributions will bring the total donation made by JM Family to more than $600,000 on behalf of 156 individual African-American Achievers. 
Look for the 2018 Achievers and their stories in public service announcements by media partners WPLG Local 10, WPTV Channel 5, WEDR-FM 99 JAMZ, WHQT-FM HOT 105, WMBX-HD2 BEATZ 96.3 and WMBX-FM X102.3, and in print advertisements throughout South Florida.

The public ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center and feature live musical entertainment, catered refreshments and a moving awards presentation. 

To RSVP, visit www.africanamericanachievers.com or call 866-516-2497, and check out the African-American Achievers Facebook page.
About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is a $15.1 billion automotive company ranked No. 20 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” It is also ranked No. 51 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 20th consecutive year on the list. JM Family has more than 4,200 associates and its primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota; JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance (F&I) 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. Interact with JM Family at Facebook.com/JMFamilyEnterprises.