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JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus Announce the 2018 African-American Achievers

Four Local Leaders to be Honored at Awards Ceremony on April 25

In anticipation of the 26th annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony, JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus recently held a private dockside reception on the company’s boat The Gallant Lady to announce the 2018 African-American Achievers:
 
Arts & Culture: 
Cornelia ‘Corky’ Dozier – Emmy Award-winning director, choreographer, playwright, producer, Broadway performer and art-educator

Business & Entrepreneurism: 
Traci Lynn – CEO and founder of Traci Lynn Jewelry, motivational speaker and author 

Community Service: 
Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D. – president and CEO, Urban League of Broward County

Education: 
Jacquelyn Haywood – cadre director, Broward County Public Schools
 
View images from the reception
 
“After 26 years, we continue to be inspired by the caliber of candidates nominated for this recognition,” said Colin Brown, chairman and CEO of JM Family. “These four women, who have been selected as this year’s winners, are role models within our community deserving of all the accolades they receive. We are honored to have them join the elite distinction of being African-American Achiever award recipients.”

Each year, in recognition of the Achievers and their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community,  JM Family and its and subsidiaries Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus make a contribution of $10,000 in each Achiever’s name to the South Florida charity(ies) of his or 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. 
 
The 2018 honorees were selected by an independent panel of community leaders, including former Achievers from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The selection committee reviewed nearly 100 nominations received from throughout South Florida after an extensive public outreach campaign.
                                 
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 26th annual African-American Achievers ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center. This event is open to the public and will 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.