It was a day of gratitude for West Palm Beach, Florida and Colorado car dealer Michael E. Maroone as he received the 2022 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award from American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA). The award was recently presented in Las Vegas at the AIADA 52nd Annual Meeting and Luncheon. The prestigious award is presented annually by the AIADA Board of Directors to an industry leader who possesses a community spirit and dedication to the automotive industry similar to that of his namesake with an “unparalleled commitment “to his dealer and his employees, his community and his family.
Founded in 1970, the AIADA is the only national trade association representing the 9,500 American international automobile franchises in Washington, DC. The AIADA defends these dealerships before Congress, the White House and federal agencies.
“I am deeply honored to have been honored by AIADA with the David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Maroone. “This recognition also serves as a tribute to the thousands of valued teammates I have had the privilege of working with and to my father, Al Maroone, who was our founder and mentor.”
Maroone got his start in automotive retailing in 1975, where he joined his father, Al Maroone, with the Maroone Auto Group based in New York and Florida. Under their leadership, the group grew to nine franchises in six locations with 900 associates. In 1997, Maroone began an 18-year career as President, COO and Director of AutoNation, Inc., a Fortune 500 automotive retailer. In 2017, he returned to automotive retail, founding Maroone USA, where he is now CEO, operating automotive franchises in West Palm Beach, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado and Longmont, Colorado. Today, its brands include Chevrolet, Honda, Ford and Volkswagen.
Supporting the community has always been a cornerstone for Maroone. He is a member of various boards and organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic Corporate Board of Directors and the Cleveland Clinic Florida Board of Directors, where he serves as Chairman. The Maroone Cancer Center is located at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida.
In addition to the David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award, recognition of his contributions to the automotive industry includes being honored by Automotive News as an All-Star and one of 50 Visionary Dealers of the industry of all time, receiving the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. Florida Atlantic University honored Maroone as Entrepreneur of the Year and he is a member of Nova Southeastern University’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.