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JM Family, Southeast Toyota and JM Lexus Announce the 2013 African-American Achievers

$40,000 to be Donated to Nonprofits on Behalf of this Year’s Honorees

Deerfield Beach, Fla. – Colin Brown, president and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., announced the 2013 African-American Achievers. The five recipients will be honored for their contributions to South Florida at the 21st annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony on Thursday, April 18 at 6:15 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center. This year’s Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever award, presented by The Jim Moran Foundation, will also be announced at the event.

The 2013 African-American Achievers are:

Dinizulu Gene Tinnie - Arts & Culture
Albert and Bérénice Chauvet - Business & Entrepreneurism
Newton B. Sanon - Community Service
Fedrick Ingram - Education 
 
In recognition of this year’s Achievers and their efforts to improve the quality of life in our community, JM Family and subsidiaries Southeast Toyota and JM Lexus will make a charitable contribution of $40,000 – $10,000 for each category – to the charity(ies) of the honoree’s choice. Including the contributions to be made this year, JM Family has donated more than $320,000 in the names of African-American Achievers.

The 2013 honorees were selected by an independent panel of community leaders from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties that also included former Achievers. The selection committee reviewed nearly 300 nominations received after an extensive public outreach campaign.

“Our late founder Jim Moran established the African-American Achievers awards to celebrate individuals who go above and beyond to make a difference in the community and inspire future generations,” Brown said. “Our 2013 Achievers exemplify the role models Mr. Moran wanted to recognize, and we are proud to carry on his vision.”
 
Look for the 2013 Achievers and their inspiring stories in public service announcements by media partners WPLG Local 10, WPTV 5, WEDR-FM 99 JAMZ, WHQT-FM HOT 105, WMBX-FM 102.3, WUUB-FM 106.3 and in print advertisements throughout South Florida.
 
The Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever will also be presented by The Jim Moran Foundation, Inc. (www.jimmoranfoundation.org) at the ceremony. Each year The Foundation, in partnership with Florida State University (FSU), selects a high school senior who qualifies for financial aid and has applied and received admission to FSU for the Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever award. Named in memory of 1995 African-American Achiever Jerome Edmund Gray, Esq., the award is a needs-based, four-year scholarship to FSU with funding provided through The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at FSU.
 
About the 2013 Honorees:

Arts & Culture: Dinizulu Gene Tinnie
An artist, author, educator and activist, Dinizulu Gene Tinnie uses his talent to preserve the heritage and culture of the African-American community in South Florida. Dinizulu moved to Miami in 1974 after earning a master’s degree in New York and studying linguistics and literature in France. He quickly became a prominent figure in the local art scene. Dinizulu’s paintings, sculptures and monument designs are influenced by his passion for historic preservation and social justice. His work on behalf of the freedom struggle in South Africa earned him the African name Dinizulu in memory of the great Zulu kings. Over the last 39 years, he has left his creative mark across South Florida. His art has been widely displayed at festivals, city beautification projects and in private collections, galleries, and museums, including the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Most recently, Dinizulu was called upon to work on two local monuments, a Richmond Heights tribute to honor the pioneers of one of the country’s first planned black communities, and another for the African Cemetery Memorial in Key West, dedicated to remembering the 295 rescued African captives who were buried there in 1860. Through his art and activism, Dinizulu inspires his community to respect the past and understand how it shapes the future.

Business & Entrepreneurism: Albert and Bérénice Chauvet
Successful entrepreneurs Albert and Bérénice Chauvet built an international company by focusing on three principles: value, innovation and performance. Chauvet manufactures professional entertainment lighting for the production, touring, DJ and corporate event markets, and has more than 100 full-time employees. The company has earned numerous industry awards, and Chauvet’s products are regularly used at high-profile concerts, well-known sports venues including Marlins Park and Sun Life Stadium, and iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Chauvet also strives to be environmentally conscious, producing the latest energy-saving fixtures and incorporating green enhancements at its corporate headquarters. Growing up in Haiti, both Albert and Bérénice learned the value of hard work and the importance of taking care of those around them. They treat every employee like family and are committed to remaining hands-on in the day-to-day operations of the company. Professional accomplishments are just one part of the couple’s achievements. Their generosity extends to the community as well. Albert and Bérénice are enthusiastic supporters of several non-profit organizations, including Food for the Poor and the Community Habilitation Center, which serves adults with developmental disabilities. Through their work, Albert and Bérénice strive to show that the American Dream is real – and achievable – regardless of your background.
 
Community Service: Newton B. Sanon
Newton Sanon has dedicated his career to helping underserved members of the community realize their potential for greatness. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Newton worked for the Minnesota Vikings and his hometown Miami Dolphins to support football operations, which included serving as a youth advocate teaching life skills to inner-city children. In 2000, he became the project director for a Broward Community College program offering tutoring and mentoring to middle school students living in low-income housing developments. Under his leadership, students achieved measurable increases in their grade point averages and academic success. Today Newton is the president and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Center of South Florida (OIC), an agency that provides job and life skills training and employment opportunities to disadvantaged residents with the goal of helping them become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. Newton works hard to promote OIC’s diverse programming, including job readiness for ex-offenders to re-acclimate to society, teen pregnancy prevention and health initiatives, substance abuse treatment and education, and vocational training. For its efforts, the White House Office of Faith and Community-based Initiatives recognized OIC with its “Honor of Hope” award in 2008. In his daily life, Newton strives to lead by example, provide encouragement to others and convey that everyone plays a part in lifting our community to new heights.

Education: Fedrick Ingram
Fedrick Ingram’s life has been influenced by his three passions: teaching, music and family. Fedrick was inspired to become an educator after his childhood teachers believed in his potential and laid the groundwork for his success. He also credits music for keeping him in school. Fedrick earned a degree in music education from Bethune-Cookman University, becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college. His commitment to teaching and building character in children led him to establish the Advanced Placement Music Theory program at two inner-city Miami schools. Over an eight-year period, more than 90 percent of the program’s students received higher-education music scholarships. For his work in the classroom, in 2006 Fedrick was recognized with the prestigious Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year Award. Today he serves as the secretary and treasurer of the United Teachers of Dade, the fourth largest teacher’s union in the country, and he will begin his term as president in May. His tireless work for academics has also inspired his mother to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Fedrick continues to be guided by his mission to ensure all children have an opportunity for a great education.

RSVP
The community is invited to attend the awards ceremony on Thursday, April 18. To RSVP, log on to www.africanamericanachievers.com, visit our Facebook page or call 866-516-2497.
 
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Group Photo (L to R): The 2013 African-American Achievers: Newton B. Sanon, Community Service honoree; Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Arts & Culture honoree; Albert and Bérénice Chauvet, Business & Entrepreneurism honorees; and Fedrick Ingram, Education honoree.

About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is an $11.5 billion diversified automotive company ranked No. 37 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies.” JM Family is also currently ranked No. 32 by FORTUNE® as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” its 15th consecutive year on the list. Primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, World Omni Financial Corp., JM&A Group, JM Lexus and JM Service Center LLC. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; St. Louis, Mo. and Solon, Ohio, in addition to international offices in Mississauga, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec and São Paulo, Brazil. Interact with JM Family at Facebook.com/JMFamilyEnterprises.