James R. Dunn, Kurt J. Langsenkamp, and Michael E. Maroone are the 2007 Inductees to the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship recognizes three accomplished business leaders with induction into the 2007 Entrepreneur and Business Hall of Fame, the college’s highest honor: James R. Dunn, Kurt J. Langsenkamp, and Michael E. Maroone.
James R. Dunn
Founder and President
J. R. Dunn Jewelers
The founder of a multimillion dollar jewelry business, James Dunn is the owner and president of J. R. Dunn Jewelers. He began his career in 1967 in Massachusetts when he converted a house into a small jewelry store called The House of Gems—a business started with just $10,000 in savings.
Dunn and his wife relocated to Florida in 1977 with intentions of semi-retirement. They opened a jewelry boutique business serving a select clientele by appointment only. However, the business grew, and the need to accommodate clients led to the purchase of a 6,000-square-foot building on Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point.
Today, J. R. Dunn Jewelers is a premier retailer of fine jewelry, featuring the world's most renowned Swiss watches and designer jewelry. The business continues to grow with more than 10,000 square feet of showroom space, including a retail showroom on Las Olas Boulevard, catalogs, and online operations.
Dunn has been the recipient of many awards, including the Emerald Society of Fort Lauderdale's Irishman of the Year, and the Sun Sentinel's Excalibur Award. An active civic leader, Dunn has contributed time and money to numerous causes. He serves on boards including those of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way.
He and his family are committed to giving back to the community. Over the past nine years, the Dunn family has held the Annual Dunn's Run, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club. The Dunns have been married for 38 years and have one son.
Steel Fabricators, LLC
Kurt Langsenkamp is president of Steel Fabricators, LLC (SF). His father, Henry J. Langsenkamp, founded the company in 1963 as a family-owned business.
Today, it is the largest steel fabricator in Florida. In 1994, the company was acquired by Canam Steel Corporation, and Langsenkamp was promoted to general manager, then regional vice president. Revenues soared from $20 million to $50 million in 1998.
The company was reacquired in 1998, and in 2004, Langsenkamp formed a new company, FabSouth, LLC. He served as president and CEO of FabSouth and grew the company from $150 million to $300 million in 2006, all while serving as president of SF and growing its business to $75 million in 2006.
The company completes more than 700 structural steel projects annually. With more than 600 employees, SF erected steel in 45 states in 2006. Major projects include the BankAtlantic Center, American Airlines Arena, Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminals, Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina, Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, and Walt Disney World's Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom, to name a few.Langsenkamp is involved with the local community, donating his time and efforts to causes close to his heart. He serves on a number of boards for organizations such as the Covenant House and Saint Mark's Episcopal School. He is committed to supporting education and was instrumental in the development of Saint Mark's $2.5 million multipurpose gymnasium. The Langsenkamps have been married for more than 20 years and have two daughters.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Michael Maroone has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of AutoNation, Inc., the world's largest automotive retailer, since 1999. His father opened Al Maroone Ford in 1954 in Buffalo, New York, and young Maroone spent his Saturdays hanging out around car dealerships.
From the age of 13, he typically worked at dealerships after school and during summer vacations. Upon graduating from college, Maroone started his full-time career in the automotive industry.
In 1977, his father purchased a dealership in Miami, and Maroone was called upon to manage the store. The early years were not easy with the store being in a tough neighborhood—located south of the area marred by riots in Liberty City during the late 70s.
Maroone joined AutoNation in 1997 when the former Republic Industries, Inc., acquired the Maroone Group. In 1998, he became president of the Auto Retail Group, as AutoNation brought together its new and used vehicle operations. Today, AutoNation represents more than 35 brands, from Porsche to Rolls Royce and Honda to Chevrolet.
AutoNation has twice been ranked in Forbes magazine's annual Top 500 Companies in the United States and has received numerous awards such as Time Magazine's Quality Dealer and Fortune's America's Most Admired and and was ranked the Number One Industry Champion five out of the last six years.
In 2001, Maroone, along with five other entrepreneurs, purchased the Florida Panthers hockey team from H. Wayne Huizenga, allowing the team to remain in South Florida.
Michael is an active member of the community, sitting on the board of organizations such as the Dan Marino Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, Police Athletic League, and the Children's Cancer Caring Center. He is also the chairman of the board for Take Stock in Children, a program that helps low-income children receive assistance for education. Maroone is married to Monica and has a son and a daughter.