"Colin Brown is chairman of the board for JM Family Enterprises, Inc., ranked No. 20 on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies” and for 20 consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®.
Brown joined the family-owned business in 1992 as vice president and general counsel. He was appointed chief operating officer in 1997 and president in 2000. Brown served as president and CEO from 2003 to 2018, the first non-family member to hold the titles of first president and then CEO.
Brown is often recognized for his corporate and community leadership. Florida Trend magazine recognized him as the 2015 Floridian of the Year for raising JM Family's minimum wage to $16/hour. Brown was also named the Broward County Business Leader of the Year by the Sun Sentinel, one of its four Excalibur Awards for 2011.
In 2008, he became a member of the Board of Directors for the Automotive Hall of Fame. He has also been a member of the Broward Workshop since 2003, a forum of top business leaders that addresses critical issues facing Broward County. Additionally, Brown is chairman of the CEO Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, which markets and promotes South Florida as a premier location for businesses.
Since 2005, Brown has served on United Way of Broward County’s Board of Directors. Among his contributions is playing a key role in creating Mission United through fundraising and leadership. He also helped United Way develop its Community Impact Model, designed to enhance donor interest, increase funding for pressing issues facing Broward County and improve outcomes for people in need. He is also a member of the organization’s Tocqueville Society, founded by United Way of America to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding volunteer service in their communities. As chairman of JM Family, Brown leads the company’s annual United Way giving campaign.
Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Youth Automotive Training Center and a member of the Board of Trustees for Florida TaxWatch, a private, nonprofit research foundation dedicated to ensuring the tax dollars of Florida’s citizens and businesses are being spent fairly and productively.
Brown graduated from Duke University School of Law with a juris doctorate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He is on the Board of Advisors for Duke University School of Law and is a board member of the Williams College Alumni Fund. Raised overseas in a Foreign Service family, Brown resides in Lighthouse Point, Fla., and has three children.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is a $15.1 billion diversified automotive company ranked No. 20 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. JM Family is also ranked No. 51 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 20th consecutive year on the list. Primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, JM&A Group, World Omni Financial Corp., and JM Lexus. 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. "