Since Auto Nations founding in 1996, when entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga invested in a waste management company, the company has experienced growth year after year. In that time, Auto Nation has acquired more than 300 new vehicle franchises. This has positioned them as the first nationwide auto dealer in the United States, as well as the first to go public. Today, the Auto Nation is the largest, pure-play automotive retail company in America.
Auto Nation has continues to receive rewards for its inception due to its overwhelming commitment to its customers. Fortune Magazine named them several times over Most Admired Retailer. Paralleling their commitment to customer service is also a dedication and commitment to their community. The following excerpt from the Auto Nation website exemplifies their community philosophy:
We believe in giving back to the markets we serve through community outreach efforts geared at making us good neighbors. We are committed to helping communities become better places to live. We support local community efforts that focus on the health and welfare of the family with special emphasis on the education and safety of children.
Auto Nations involvement is not limited to tag lines, but includes sponsoring groups like: Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Give Kids the World, and One For The Kids. Whether its through cash donations, event sponsorship, material donations, or volunteering Auto Nation has been closely involved in One For The Kids growth. At one time, donations made by Auto Nation accounted for a large part of the budget for One For The Kids annual events, which has grown substantially in the last 20 years. Looking back on One For The Kids humble beginnings, its not hard to see the debt of gratitude owed to our great sponsors. Thank you.