H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. is president of Huizenga Holdings, Inc., a diversified company that manages the Huizenga family owned private businesses and real estate. He also is chairman of the board of Rybovich, a super yacht marina and refit facility based in West Palm Beach.
Huizenga is a member of the board for the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. He is founder and a member of the board of directors for the Christian Community Foundation of South Florida. He serves on the Trinity Forum's Board of Advisors and Lifework Leadership National Advisory Board. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Committee for Door of Hope Outreach, Inc. He serves as a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Florida Chapter; a member, presenter and advisor of PathNorth; and a member of the CEO Forum.
A graduate of the University of Tampa with a degree in business, Huizenga is married to his childhood sweetheart, Fonda Hix. They have four children: Savannah, Tres (Wayne, III), Gerritt and Ainsley. The family regularly attends Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale.
- 2011 Companion Medalists: Robert Anderson, Michael J. Bracci and Clay Williams
Hear from 2011 American Free Enterprise Medalist H. Wayne Huizenga Jr. how Jesus Christ came into his life and changed him.
2010 - Edward M. Kobel
Edward M. Kobel is president and chief operating officer of DeBartolo Development – one of the largest privately held real estate development companies in the country. Kobel and his team created a nationwide real estate investment platform that spans from Hawaii to Florida. Under his leadership, the company launched a Community Reinvestment Fund that invested $400 million to revitalize communities across the southeastern part of the U.S.
2009 - John D. MacArthur
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
John D. MacArthur was one of the three wealthiest men in America at the time of his death in 1978. MacArthur was sole owner of the nation’s largest privately held insurance company. As a real estate entrepreneur, he was instrumental in the founding of Palm Beach Gardens. His estate created the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that has donated millions of dollars to charities around the world.
2008 - Dr. John M. Gregory
SJ Strategic Investments LLC
Dr. John M. Gregory is managing partner of SJ Strategic Investments LLC, a private, family-owned investment vehicle with a diverse portfolio of public and private investments. In 1993, Gregory and his brothers purchased a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Bristol, Tenn. Under his leadership as chairman and CEO, King Pharmaceuticals grew from a 90-employee family business to an S&P 500 Index company on the New York Stock Exchange with revenues exceeding $1 billion.
2007 - Karl H. Watson
Rinker Materials Corporation
Karl H. Watson retired in 2006 as the president and chief operating officer of Rinker Materials Corporation, one of the world’s top 10 international construction materials companies supplying aggregate, cement, concrete, concrete block, asphalt, concrete pipe and other construction materials. He serves as a consultant for CEMEX, a global building-solutions company that produces, distributes and markets cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and related building materials to customers and communities in more than 50 countries.
2004 - Stuart Epperson
Salem Communications Corporation
Stuart Epperson is chairman of the board of Salem Communications Corporation, one of the largest Christian broadcast groups in the country and the leading U.S. radio broadcaster of religious and family-themed programming. The company offers programming in three formats: Christian teaching/talk, news/ talk and contemporary Christian music. The company, based in Camarillo, Calif., is listed on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol, SALM.
2003 - Sam Moore
Thomas Nelson Inc.
Sam Moore is president and CEO of Thomas Nelson Inc. Moore came to the U.S. from Lebanon in 1950, trusting in God to lead his life. He started his own publishing company, then acquired Thomas Nelson, a well–established Bible publisher, in 1969. The company today is the world’s largest Bible and inspirational book publishing enterprise.
2002 - Joseph R. Gregory
Joseph R. Gregory is managing director of Kingsway LLC in Tennessee. He has been recognized by both houses of the Tennessee Legislature as the founder of the Tennessee Biotechnology Association, and he served as the association’s first chairman until 2001. He serves as co– chairman of Milligan College President’s Executive Council, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Palm Beach Atlantic University and the East Tennessee State University Foundation Board.
2001 Lester J. Woerner
Woerner Holdings Inc.
Lester J. Woerner is chairman and CEO of Woerner Holdings Inc., a diversified management and investment company with broad interests in agriculture, real estate and marketable securities investments. Having embarked on his first business venture at age 18, Woerner was the youngest businessman ever, at age 27, to be appointed by the governor of Alabama to the state’s prestigious Board of Agriculture and Industry.
2000 - Rich DeVos
Rich DeVos founded Amway Corporation in 1959 with Jay Van Andel. Amway is one of the world’s largest direct selling companies, operating in more than 80 countries and territories. In 1991, DeVos and his family acquired the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic. A renowned speaker and author, he has appeared before hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and has written three books.
1999 - John J. Brogan
Business executive and international philanthropist
John J. Brogan was a business executive and international philanthropist. At age 20, he embarked upon a stellar business career that led to directorships at 23 companies, including Alamo Rent A Car Inc. and Flagler National Bank. At the same time, Brogan applied his energy and mastery of business to Catholic charities and other nonprofit organizations, locally and internationally.
1998 - Thomas R. Pledger
Thomas R. Pledger is chairman of Dycom Industries, one of North America’s largest telecommunications and electrical services companies. In addition, he serves as a trustee for Palm Beach Atlantic University. Pledger has served in numerous leadership roles at the Central Baptist Church in Jupiter, where he and his family are longtime members.
1997 - Carl DeSantis
Rexall Sundown Inc.
Carl DeSantis, founder of Rexall Sundown Inc., began his career by working out of his garage with an investment of $8,000. He built a business that became the world’s leading maker and distributor of health products. He received the State of Israel Bonds Award for Distinguished Community Leadership and the National Italian–American Foundation’s President’s Award.
1996 - Lowell (Bud) Paxson
Paxson Communications Corp
Lowell (Bud) Paxson is president and CEO of Paxson Communications Corp. in West Palm Beach. His empire expands almost daily and includes radio, television and professional sports. He is the creator, co–founder and president emeritus of the Home Shopping Network and SilverKing Communications.
1995 - Richard S. Johnson
Johnson Investment Group
Richard S. Johnson was a trustee of Palm Beach Atlantic University and owner of Johnson Investment Group in West Palm Beach. He was on the board of SunTrust South Florida. He also was the former chairman of the board of Intracoastal Health Care Systems and was honored by its first–ever Renaissance Award in recognition of his contribution to health care in the community.
1994 - David Mahoney
Charles A. Dana Foundation
David Mahoney was chairman and CEO of the Charles A. Dana Foundation, the Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Mahoney Ventures and vice chairman of Bionaire. A former chairman and CEO of Norton Simon Inc., Mahoney also was chairman emeritus of the American Health Foundation and former chairman of the American Revolutionary Bicentennial Commission.
1993 - William G. Lassiter, Jr.
W.G. Lassiter Co. Inc., General Contractors
William G. Lassiter, Jr. was president of W.G. Lassiter Co. Inc., General Contractors. He also founded PDQ Food Stores Inc., a chain of 24 convenience stores, which he later sold. Lassiter developed and built numerous shopping centers and other projects across South Florida and was instrumental in the expansion of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s facilities and programs through his service and generosity.
1992 - Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr.
The Dreyfoos Group
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. is an inventor, an entrepreneur and a patron of the arts. He is chairman and owner of The Dreyfoos Group, a private capital management firm, which grew out of Photo Electronics Corporation. Under the PEC umbrella was WPEC–TV 12, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, which he owned for 23 years. Dreyfoos spearheaded the successful effort to build the $55 million Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. He has been a major influence on the cultural scene in Palm Beach County, forming and serving as the first chairman of the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts.
1991 - S. Bradford (Skeet) Rymer, Jr.
Bradford (Skeet) Rymer, Jr. was president and CEO of Magic Chef. Rymer’s leadership in business and education included service on the boards of Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Junior Achievement of Cleveland, Tenn., and the District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He founded the Cleveland Family WMCA and Cleveland Associated Industries and directed numerous business and professional organizations, including Allied Arts of Chattanooga, Tenn.
1990 - S. Truett Cathy
Truett Cathy is founder, chairman of the board and CEO for Chick–fil–A Inc. Cathy opened his first restaurant in 1946. By 1990, he owned 420 restaurants in 31 states. His honors through the years include: Executive of the Year Award from the School of Business Administration, University of Georgia; the Inspiring Excellence Award from The Executive Committee, Jacksonville, Fla.; two Liberty Bell awards; Outstanding Georgia Entrepreneur award; Religious Heritage of America National Award; Outstanding Georgian; and several community service awards.
1989 - Hugh J. Andersen
Hugh J. Andersen Foundation
The Hugh J. Andersen Foundation was established in 1962 in Minnesota by Hugh J., Jane K. and Katherine B. Andersen. The foundation’s main emphasis is on social service and youth agencies, health issues, education, arts and culture, and civic affairs. Earl C. Swanson, director and vice president of the foundation, accepted the award.
1989 - Stewart Morris
CEO of Stewart Information Services Corporation and Stewart Titles
Stewart Morris is president and CEO of Stewart Information Services Corporation and Stewart Titles, a subsidiary that includes more than 2,100 offices and agencies. A graduate of the University of Texas, he also is a trustee of Houston Baptist University, past advisory director of the National Trust for Preservation, and past director of the Harris County Heritage Society and Galveston Historical Foundation. Morris also is past chairman of the trustees of Space Center Memorial Hospital.
1988 - Frederick M. Supper
Alexander Proudfoot Company
Frederick M. Supper was chairman and CEO of the Alexander Proudfoot Company, one of the largest consulting firms in the world. After his retirement, he established Supcor, an investment company, in Palm Beach. He and his wife, Patricia, formed the Frederick and Patricia Supper Foundation. Palm Beach Atlantic University established the Frederick and Patricia Supper Center of Achieving Excellence in Business and named its honors program the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program.
1987 - Henry J. Rolfs
U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Henry J. Rolfs earned a master’s degree in industrial psychology from Columbia University. He served in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the U.S. Navy as management engineer, surveying operations of shipyards, air stations, defense contractors and supply depots. Later, he headed the Department of Organization and Planning for AT&T. After that, he was a real estate developer, first in Virginia and then in South Florida. He owned and operated a hotel on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach for more than a decade and was a partner in the Downtown/ Uptown venture in West Palm Beach in the late 1980s.
1986 - Theodore R. Johnson
United Parcel Service
Theodore R. Johnson graduated from the University of Denver with a major in industrial engineering in 1923 and settled in Los Angeles. His career began that year when he answered an ad for an industrial engineer and was hired by United Parcel Service. Within four years, he had climbed to vice president, earning an M.B.A. at the University of Southern California at night. He spent his entire career with UPS, which, under his leadership, grew to include more than 120,000 employees, 60,000 delivery trucks and 55 airplanes operating in the continental U.S., Canada and Germany. In 1992, Johnson established a scholarship program at Palm Beach Atlantic University through the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation.
1985 - Marshall E. Rinker, Sr.
Rinker Rock and Sand Company
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. founded the Rinker Rock and Sand Company in 1926. The company evolved into the Rinker Materials Corporation, the nation’s largest producer of ready–mix concrete and concrete blocks. Rinker also gave his time to many religious and civic organizations, including First Baptist Church, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International and the American Red Cross. He was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa in May 1988 from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
1984 - Sir John M. Templeton
Templeton World Funds Ltd.
Sir John M. Templeton was an investment counselor and chartered financial analyst. He was president of Templeton World Funds Ltd. and president of the board of trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary.