SJU to Honor AutoNation Chairman, CEO and President Mike Jackson ’71 with Hall of Fame Award

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (January 27, 2015) – Saint Joseph’s University will honor Mike Jackson ’71, chairman, CEO and president of AutoNation, Inc., with the annual Haub School of Business (HSB) Hall of Fame Award during a dinner in his honor on Thursday, April 16.

A member of FORTUNE magazine’s top 50 Global Business Leaders of the Year in 2011, Jackson has been called “one of our generation’s most influential and effective leaders in the automotive industry.” Jackson made his mark on the auto industry long before his career began at AutoNation. He served as president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, overseeing the U.S. sales operation and 311 franchised dealerships, and managing partner of Euro Motorcars in Bethesda, MA, an operator of 11 vehicle franchises.

“Saint Joseph’s University was vital in shaping who I am today,” says Jackson. “I have spent every day determined to be smarter than the day before and will live my life with that goal ’til my last breath.  And I have Saint Joseph’s to thank for that.”

Jackson joined AutoNation in 1999 and was named Chairman in 2002. Under his leadership, the company, which includes more than 24,000 associates and 286 new vehicle franchises from 234 stores in the U.S., has reaffirmed its position as the largest American automotive retailer, and the only retailer in history to have sold more than 9 million vehicles. AutoNation has been named “America’s Most Admired Automotive Retailer” by FORTUNE Magazine five times, with Jackson being listed as #37 on their Global Business Leaders of the Year list in 2011. 

In April 2014, the AutoNation CEO, who’s career in the industry began with a technician job at a Mercedes-Benz dealership, was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans with a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Association honors community leaders for achievements accomplished through “honesty, hard work, self-reliance and perseverance over adversity.”

“Mike Jackson’s personal and professional success is due, undoubtedly, to his incredible work ethic and diligence,” says HSB Dean Joseph A. DiAngelo, Ed.D. ’70. “We are proud to honor him for his hard-earned accomplishments and his exemplary industry leadership.”

Named the Automotive Hall of Fame Industry Leader of the Year in 2003, Jackson was was honored by Ernst & Young for a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He was also the first-ever recipient of the Sports Illustrated All-Star Dealer Award in 2011.

In addition to his role at AutoNation, Jackson serves as vice chairman of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Board of Directors and the director for The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and a trustee of Nova Southeastern University.  In his community in South Florida, he was named the 2006 CEO of the Year and earned the 2006 Excalibur Award given to South Florida business leaders.

A contributor to CNBC and Bloomberg TV, Jackson is widely sought after for speaking engagements.

He is married to Alice Lucia-Jackson and has three children, Michael, Kristina and Lauren.

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Colleen Sabatino, University Communications | Haub School of Business, 610-660-3256,


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