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Harry Wayne Huizenga (born on December 29, 1937 in Evergreen Park, Illinois) Huizenga graduated from the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1955 and is an alumnus of Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, MI. He is the owner of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins. He was also the owner of the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers and Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins. is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Incorporated Village in 1893. ... Pine Crest School was founded in 1934 by Mae McMillan who was a tutor to children of families spending the winter in South Florida, USA. Years later, it is now one of the most elite private schools in Florida, regularly sending dozens of students to Ivy League universities, prestigious liberal... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Established 27 March 1911 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Jim Naugle Area  - City  36. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... This article is about a liberal arts college in the United States. ... Grand River, Grand Rapids, Michigan, c. ... NFL redirects here. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... NHL redirects here. ... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ...


In March of 2007, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, seeking the GOP nod for president in 2008, announced that Harry Wayne Huizenga would serve as a member of his Florida statewide finance committee.

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Background

H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. is of Dutch descent.[1] His parents, Gerrit Harry and Jean Huizenga, were both products of the Chicago Dutch community. Wayne was born in Evergreen Park, a Chicago suburb, on December 29, 1937. He has one sister, Jean, who is five years younger. Wayne grew up in Evergreen Park until he was about 15 when the Huizenga family moved to Florida and settled in the Fort Lauderdale area. Incorporated Village in 1893. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ...


Wayne spent part of his high school years in the Chicago area, where he attended Timothy Christian School. His family then moved to Florida, the remainder of his high school years were spent at Pine Crest School. Wayne is remembered by his Pine Crest teachers and classmates as a happy and popular student who played on the school's football team, was elected to senior class treasurer, and earned decent grades. [citation needed] After high school graduation Wayne moved back to Chicago where most of his friends, grandparents and other relatives still lived. In 1956 he enrolled at Calvin College, a church-related college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Timothy Christian School is a private, coeducational school in Elmhurst, Illinois. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Pine Crest School was founded in 1934 by Mae McMillan who was a tutor to children of families spending the winter in South Florida, USA. Years later, it is now one of the most elite private schools in Florida, regularly sending dozens of students to Ivy League universities, prestigious liberal... This article is about a liberal arts college in the United States. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


In September 1959, Wayne enlisted in the Army reserve and spent six months in the service full time to complete his basic training.[citation needed] On September 10, 1960 he married Joyce VanderWagon, a girl with a Dutch background. He had known Joyce since his early school years in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Wayne and Joyce had two children, Wayne Jr. and Scott. The marriage ended in divorce in 1966. Wayne married his second wife, Marti Goldsby in April 1972. Incorporated Village in 1893. ...


Professional career

Starting with a single garbage truck in 1968, he grew Waste Management, Inc. into an entity that would become a Fortune 500 company. Huizenga aggressively purchased independent sanitation engineering companies, and by the time he took the company public in 1972, he had completed the acquisition of 133 small-time haulers. By 1983, he grew Waste Management into the largest waste disposal company in the United States. Waste Management, Inc. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Waste For the company, see Waste Management, Inc. ...


Huizenga repeated his business success with Blockbuster Video, opening a handful of stores in 1987, and becoming the country's leading movie rental chain by 1994. Eventually, Huizenga would also build and acquire auto dealerships, from which in 1996 he formed AutoNation, which has become the nation's largest automotive dealer and a Fortune 500 company, and remains his most recent major business venture. Huizenga has been a five-time recipient of Financial World magazine's "CEO of the Year" award, and was the Ernst & Young "2005 World Entrepreneur of the Year". Blockbuster video store This article is about the chain of video stores. ... AutoNation is a chain of auto dealerships founded by entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga,[2] also founder of Blockbuster and Waste Management. ... The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ... Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services firms in the world, and one of the Big Four auditors, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) and KPMG. Ernst & Young is a global organization consisting of many member firms. ...


In late 2004, he sold his ownership share in a group of hotels that included The Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel and Radisson Bahia Mar Hotel & Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida, and several others in Naples, Florida and Arizona. Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Broward Established 27 March 1911 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Jim Naugle Area  - City  36. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Palm Beach Founded 1925 Government  - Type Commission-Manager  - Mayor Steven L. Abrams Area  - City  29. ... Location in Collier County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Collier Settled 6 November 1886 Incorporated (town) 1925 Incorporated (city) 25 May 1949 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Bill Barnett   - City Manager Robert E. Lee  Area [1]  - city  14. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ...


In 2004 Huizenga purchased the private luxury yacht Aussie Rules from golfer Greg Norman. The yacht cost $77 million and was further modified by Huizenga and now features a heli-pad for a twelve-seat helicopter. Aussie Rules was renamed Floridian and is still considered to be one of the most luxurious and famous such vessels (see List of motor yachts by length). The yacht can accommodate up to twelve guests and may be chartered for around $400,000 per week.[2] Saint-Tropez is famous for its luxury yachts. ... Personal Information Birth February 10, 1955 ) Mount Isa, Queensland Nationality  Australia Wife Laura (married 1981, divorced 2007) Children Morgan Leigh, and Gregory Residence Hobe Sound, Florida Career Turned Pro 1974 Current Tour PGA Tour Professional wins 87 (PGA Tour: 20, European Tour: 14, PGA Tour of Australasia: 33, Other: 22... An Atlas Oryx helicopter touches down on a helipad onboard the High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) ship. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... This is a list of the worlds longest motor luxury yachts in order of their length. ...


Sports Team Ownership

Huizenga owns the Miami Dolphins, as well as Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens. He purchased 50% of the team and their sports venue in 1990, during a period of financial hardships for the proud franchise. Long time owner Joe Robbie had recently died and his family found it difficult to keep the team afloat. In turn, Huizenga bought out the remaining shares of the team to become full owner in 1993. He then pulled the Joe Robbie name off the building and sold that space to a corporate sponsor who later went under (Pro Player). City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... Interior of Dolphin Stadium, football configuration Dolphin Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium[1], and Dolphins Stadium) is a football, lacrosse, soccer and baseball stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, a suburb north of Miami. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... Joseph Joe Robbie (July 7, 1916 - January 7, 1990) was an American lawyer and entrepreneur. ...


He introduced baseball and hockey to the South Florida area as the initial owner of the Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers. He was criticized for naming his two teams for the state of Florida rather than the city of Miami, but as an advocate for the city of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he explained that his goal was to include Broward County and Palm Beach County in his teams' fanbase. (Indeed, Huizenga claimed at the time that he had not even considered naming the teams after "Miami" as an option, and that in his view the only legitimate choices had been "Florida," "South Florida," and "Tri-County.") This goal of expanding the team's fan bases has not been achieved, as both the Marlins and Panthers have consistently finished near the bottom of their respective leagues in annual home attendance; the name has had little observable impact on the teams' popularity in Huizenga's favored suburbs, while decreasing their popularity among fans who identify themselves with the city of Miami.) Location of metropolitan area in the state of Florida Major cities Miami, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 15,896 km² (6,137 mi²) 2,621 km² (1,011 mi²) 16. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... For the animal species by this name, see Florida Panther. ... Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city located in Broward County, Florida, United States. ... Location of county in the state of Florida County Seat Fort Lauderdale, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 3,418 km² (1,320 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density   1,623,018 520/km² (1,346/mi²) Time zone Eastern: UTC_5 Latitude Longitude 26°728 N 80°1458 W External link: Official... Location of county in the state of Florida County Seat West Palm Beach, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 6,181 km² (2,386 mi²) 1,068 km² (412 mi²) 17. ...


Huizenga, in keeping with his previously stated intentions, sold the Marlins to current Boston Red Sox owner John Henry at the end of the 1998 season. Since then, however, relations between Huizenga and new Marlins management has been tepid, mainly because of stadium lease disagreements. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... John W Henry. ...


Huizenga operated the Panthers as a public holding company, buying numerous real estate properties in the name of his Panthers Holding Group. In 2001, Huizenga sold the Panthers to pharmacutical juggernaut and friend Alan Cohen and his partner former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, for a discount price. However, Huizenga maintained his status as owner of the Bank Atlantic Center, from which he still collects all arena revenue. In all three team ownerships, he is very well known for minimizing costs while maximizing profits. Browns redirects here. ... Bernard Joseph Kosar, Jr. ... The BankAtlantic Center is an indoor arena located in Sunrise, a suburb west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ...



It should be noted that after having purchased the Miami Dolphins from the Robbie family, Huizenga took an "I will buy a superbowl championship with my millions" attitude. In 1996 Huizenga unceremoniously fired the winningest coach in NFL history (at the time) Don Shula. At the time that Shula was fired, he was consistently taking the Miami Dolphins to the playoffs every year (most of the times as divisional champions). Don Shula was fired because he was not producing superbowl victories. By that rationale, all of the coaches in the NFL job's would be in jeopardy at the end of every season (save the superbowl winner, of course). Since Huizenga's purchase of the Miami Dolphins, the head coach postion has been a veritable musical chairs game. Mr. "I know how to pick winners" Huizenga first ushered in Jimmy Johnson who was seen on local news broadcasts ranting and screaming at the players during training camp (as if those antics were going to assure a superbowl victory) something that Don Shula never did. After failing to immediately manufacture a winning season Jimmy Johnson simply quit as head coach of the dolphins. Dave Wannstedt (a fine gentleman who did his best for the team) subsequently took over as the head coach, and the dolphins were doing well, until Ricky Williams quit. Wannstedt had built his offense around the power running game that Williams afforded the team, and was caught off-guard when Williams quit right at the start of the season. Subsequently, Wannstedt decided that it was best for himself and the team if he stepped asside as head coach (an understandable decision). Jim Bates, after many years of dedicated hard work for the dolphins took over as head coach for the rest of the season and managed to regain some of the team's pride and composure by leading them to several subsequent victories (the most notable was against the juggernaut New England patriots that season). Despite the dedication and desire on the part of Mr. Bates, Mr. "I know how to pick winners" Huizenga chose to ignore everything that Bates had done for the dolphins and hired Nick Saban for the ensuing season. Saban spent two years with the dolphins giving belabored speeches on television broadcasts (a curious endeavor given his disdain for the media) and basically produced nothing but excuses before quitting as well. Then came Cam Cameron, a gentleman and a scholar as he is, nonetheless the Miami Dolphins in 2007 are last in the NFL with a record of 0-10. Mr. "I know how to pick winners" Huizenga has destroyed the legacy of South Florida football greatness that the Miami Dolphins once were, and has left the fans of south florida wondering when this cavalcade of coach after coach will ever end.


Philanthropy

Huizenga is a large donor to Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The business school at NSU carries the name of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. As well, Huizenga has donated to a private preparatory school, Pine Crest School, with their science building named the Huizenga Science Building after him. Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a not-for-profit, independent university, founded in 1964 in Davie, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale. ... Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... The lobby of the business school. ... Pine Crest School was founded in 1934 by Mae McMillan who was a tutor to children of families spending the winter in South Florida, USA. Years later, it is now one of the most elite private schools in Florida, regularly sending dozens of students to Ivy League universities, prestigious liberal...


References

  1. ^ http://www.corporations.org/wmi/huizenga.html
  2. ^ http://www.charterworld.com/index.html?sub=yacht-charter&charter=floridian-ex-aussie-rules-996
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