Alan Jay Wildstein (born January 7) is the president of The Alan Jay Automotive Network, open since 1992.
Alan Jay Wildstein was born in Coral Gables, Florida. When Alan was 15 he started working at the family business, Tropical Chevrolet. He held several different roles throughout his years there until college at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. Graduating in 1989 with his BBA, BBA Business and Social Science degrees, he returned to Tropical as a Sales Manager and then General Manager. In 1992, Alan moved his family to Sebring, Florida and started his first automotive dealership.
Alan started with one dealership and has increased his Network to include several different brands. Serving Highlands, Hardee and Hendry Counties, Alan Jay Automotive Network handles the sales and service for 16 different brands. Not only is Alan heavily involved in the auto industry but he has other business entities including Gold's Gym - Sebring, Sebring Aviation Services, The Melting Pot Restaurant, Grillsmith Restaurants Group - as partner and Sebring Food Mart, LLC, as a managing member.
Alan is currently on the board of trustees for Highlands Regional Medical Center. He is a member of the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce, Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce and Avon Park Chamber of Commerce. Alan is a member of the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Over the years Alan along with Alan Jay Automotive Network has won a large number of awards for various accomplishments.
Achievements / Contributions
It has been a passion of Alan's to give back to the community and be an example to others and his family. He lives his life based on a quote by Winston Churchill he heard long ago, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give". He continues to strive to make the community a better place for everyone, not expecting any rewards in return.
Alan continually supports all efforts to improve the quality of life and education for the children of Highlands County Florida. A few of the many Councils and Foundations he contributes to are Children's Services Council and Foundation, Children's Advocacy Center, Avon Park Florida Youth Academy, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Club, Fred Wild Elementary - adopted school, Drivers' Education at 3 different schools and the Children's Car Seat Safety Program - Inspection/Replacement Program.
In 1998 the "Wheels for A's" program was initiated. This program has given one deserving graduate from 5 different high schools a low mileage, economical vehicle for commuting to and from college or work. The program has given away 64 cars to date, 2016 will mark the 69th car given. There are many stories of students that had a very real need for a vehicle and this helped them have the ability to go to college. Another worthy program that was initiated between Alan Jay Automotive Network and The Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce is the Alan Jay Automotive Network & Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. This program is for the students that receive the "Student of the Month" award at their high school, they are then eligible to receive this award.
His efforts do not stop there. He has several other institutes he contributes to in several different ways. Habitat for Humanity is close to Alan's heart. In 2001 an employee and her family were Habitat for Humanity home candidates. The employee and her husband were struggling to find the time to do the requested "sweat hours" to complete the home while trying to still work every day. Alan donated $35,000 towards the construction costs of the home. This donation helped push the construction forward and made it possible for them to receive their home approximately 12 months earlier than scheduled. Alan has then donated funds to build more than 16 Habitat for Humanity homes in Highlands County, Florida.
Alan instills in each of his employees the need to help with community projects. The United Way Day of Caring is another exceptional event that several of the team members get together and spend the day cleaning or repairing local nonprofits. As a 9/11/01 initiative, Alan Jay Automotive Network dealerships donated $100 for every vehicle sold. The Red Cross Relief received $45,600 for that effort to give back after the tragedy. There are a great number of smaller donations that are given throughout the year starting back in 1992. Alan strives to make sure that he gives back to the community that supports his family and his employees.
Awards / Accolades
Since 1992 Alan and Alan Jay Automotive Network together have received many awards. A few of the most prominent awards as follows:
1996 SAM WALTON - WALMART - Business Leadership Award - Alan Jay Wildstein, Pres.
2001 TIME MAGAZINE QUALITY DEALER AWARD - Presented by Time Magazine and
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company - Alan Jay Wildstein
2001 INDUSTRY OF THE YEAR AWARD - Highlands County Economic Development
Commission presented to Alan Jay Wildstein, President
2001 GREATER SEBRING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - "I Believe in Children Award"
Student of the month Scholarship Fund.
2001- UNITED WAY - "Spirit of the Family Award" for the most family friendly
2002 FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION- Retailer of the Year - Alan Jay Wildstein
2003 AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE/MOTOR TREND/AIADA - Dealer of the Year Award
Top Five Finalist
2004 JUDGE CLIFTON KELLY, CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN AWARD - one of the
2008 FLORIDA EDUCATION FOUNDATION - "Shining Star Award" for outstanding support of
education and children
2009 SOUTH FLORIDA'S FINEST COUPLES CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION - Michelle Sayez and Alan Jay Wildstein - Honoring South Florida's Finest Couples for the success in business and unparalleled support of Charitable Causes. In attendance, Governor Charlie Crist, Congressman Adam Putnam
2012 TIME MAGAZINE AND ALLY FINANCIAL - Quality Dealer Award Finalist.
2014 NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY, Dealer Education Award, representing devoted support of
2014 SEBRING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR award - 2nd time won
2015 SOUTH FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE - renamed the Theater for Performing Arts to "Alan jay
Wildstein Center for Performing Arts"
Other industry awards
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION - Standards for Excellence
CHRYSLER FIVE STAR - Chrysler Corporation
TOYOTA - President's Award