2017 Honoree – Michael Brown
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The Huntington Foundation Honors One of their Own
Atlantic Auto Group Partner/Owner Michael Brown grew up in the car business washing cars, running errands for his father’s Jaguar-Porsche dealership in Huntington on weekends and vacations from school. For four years Michael Brown played football for Huntington High playing wide receiver and strong safety in addition to handling some place kicking assignments. Brown then played defensive back, receiver, and placekicker for Boston University, being selected first-team All-East in 1990. After graduating from BU with a degree in business, Brown played for the Dallas Texans and Earl Bruce’s Cleveland Thunderbolts in the Arena Football League. He participated in mini-camps with the NY Jets, NE Patriots, and the Tampa Bay Bucs until he decided to go to make a permanent commitment to his father’s auto dealership. Michael also is a graduate of the National Auto Dealers Association Dealer Candidate Training Program.
In 2001, Michael Brown went to work for Roger Penske and the Penske Automotive Group in Fairfield, CT. He was named the Regional Vice President after he transferred to oversee the Inskip Auto Mall in Rhode Island, directing day-to-day operations for the 10-franchise luxury auto mall. During his tenure at Inskip, Michael and his stores were the recipient of multiple accolades and factory awards, including the “BMW Circle of Excellence” (three consecutive years), “Porsche Premier Dealer,” and “Audi Magna Society.”
Michael Brown returned to Long Island and started with the Atlantic Auto Group/New York Auto Giant in April 2007 as Vice President of Operations. Despite his busy meeting and travel schedule and his responsibilities as a partner in the Atlantic Auto Group, Michael is known and loved among Atlantic’s 2000+ employees for his open-door policy–always helpful and easily approachable–and for his down-to-earth personality. He served on the Huntington Hospital Board of Trustees and its Audit and Compliance Committee for seven years and has been honored by such organizations as Big Brothers and Sisters, the Make A Wish Foundation, the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Telecare operation, and many similar worthy causes. Michael lives with his wife and three daughters in their home in the Town of Huntington. In addition to the time he spends supporting family activities, he still is very much involved with sports, especially martial arts. He has generously donated the Huntington Alumni Scholarships and cups to 4 deserving graduating seniors for the past few years, has donated giveaways for the “Don’t Text and Drive Campaign at the High School, and has also donated numerous car leases and cash prizes for the success of the Huntington Foundation’s Annual Gala. He most recently donated a handicap accessible mini Van to the Mollineaux Family who desperately needed a new van for their son Eli, a Huntington High School Student. Michael Brown is proud of his alma matter and enjoys helping where he can. This year he is proud to offer the Huntington Foundation a Grand Prize raffle of a 24 month lease on a 2017 Lexus IS 300 or $5,000 in cash to the winner!