After a process of building and acquiring auto dealerships, inhe formed AutoNationwhich became the nation's largest automotive dealer.
As an advocate for the city of Fort Lauderdale, he explained that his goal was to include Broward County and Palm Beach County in his teams' fan base. Huizenga used the hockey team's stock as currency to begin building yet another diversified enterprise, buying two resort hotels owned partly by Huizenga and other Panthers officials.
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He had known Sm since his early school years in Evergreen Park. CoolBrands had divested its core businesses inleaving little more than a corporate shell. His family chose the because it was his "birth year and lucky.
Wayne and Joyce had two children, Wayne Jr. Capitalizing on the team's drive to the Stanley Cup finals, he sold shares to the public, whose enthusiasm for the club drove civic leaders in Broward County to use public money to build a new arena for the team.
He was a board member of the Laureus Foundation, a charity that, according to its mission statement, "us[es] the power of sport to end violence, discrimination miwmi disadvantage. The marriage ended in divorce in Huizenga purchased many independent garbage hauling companies; by the time he took the company public inhe had completed the acquisition of small-time haulers.
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He donated to Pine Crest Schoola private preparatory school, which named its science building Huizenga Science Building. He was named its Norman Vincent Peale Award recipient. He was criticized for naming the two teams for the state of Florida rather than the city of Miami.
Founding owner Joe Robbie had recently died, and his surviving family lookung it difficult to keep the team afloat. Background[ edit ] Harry Wayne Huizenga was of Dutch descent. Rosschairman of The Related Companies.
In the early s, he had grown Waste Management into one of the largest waste-disposal companies in the United States.