Crown Automotive Mourns the Loss of Dwayne Hawkins, Founder & CEO

The entire Crown Automotive Group family is mourning the loss of their beloved founder and CEO, Dwayne Hawkins, who passed peacefully on December 24th after a brief illness.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (PRWEB) January 04, 2021

A true automotive industry icon, Dwayne spearheaded the growth of Crown Automotive Group, which today encompasses 22 dealerships in three states and employs more than 1,100 people.

Hawkins started the business on April 1, 1969, out of a run-down, one-car showroom in St. Petersburg, Florida. Crown feels his greatest legacy will be the single-minded passion and dedication he had for giving back to his local community.

For more than 50 years, he enthusiastically supported a variety of civic and charitable causes, with both time and funds, ranging from St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center where he founded the Hawkins Stem Cell Fund. Dwayne also served as

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Dwayne Hawkins, Crown Automotive founder and philanthropist, dead at 85

It was never the cars that fueled Dwayne Hawkins’ drive for success.

In fact, his sons say their father — founder and CEO of Crown Automotive Group, one of the largest automobile dealerships in the southeast — wasn’t really much of a gearhead. He favored station wagons over muscle cars.

“We had a Pontiac Safari handle-side wagon we rode around in, which is borderline child abuse,” quipped his son Kevin. “I don’t remember ever seeing a GTO in the driveway. But it wasn’t about the cars. He wanted to accomplish something.”

In his 85 years, Mr. Hawkins racked up accomplishments. The self-effacing, humble, generous patriarch of the Hawkins family died of natural causes on Christmas Eve. What he leaves behind, his family said, is a legacy of love — for hard work, making the most of his time, and helping others find their road to success.

Mr. Hawkins built St.

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