Tampa Bay Ethics Award

A. D. “Sandy” MacKinnon
Founder and CEO of MacKinnon Equipment and Services

2013 Award Recipient, A. D. “Sandy” MacKinnon

A. D. “Sandy” MacKinnon is the founder and CEO of MacKinnon Equipment and Services (previously called Yale Lift Trucks of Florida and Georgia). He has spent his entire career working for Yale and in 1982 purchased the Tampa and Orlando franchise which expanded to include dealerships in Jacksonville, Tifton, Georgia; and Ft. Myers, Florida (in 2013). Yale has been awarded the “Dealer of Excellence” for seventeen years; one of only two dealerships in North America to earn this distinction.

In addition to his commitment to business, MacKinnon has an extensive background with a broad base of community and business organizations. He has chaired a number of community organizations including the Florida State Fair Authority, Tampa Bay & Company, Brandon Community Hospital, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and many others.

In addition, he has received numerous civic and business awards throughout his career, some of which include the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce - Business of the Year; Alice B. Thompkins Annual Award – Exceptional Service to the Community; Key Citizen Award – Recognition of Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Community; and 2010 Citizen of the Year by Tampa Bay Civitan Club. MacKinnon was also recognized for contributions to community service by the State of Florida House of Representatives.

Born and raised in Grosse Ile, Michigan, MacKinnon is a graduate of Hillsdale College with a bachelor's in business. He is married to Dottie Berger MacKinnon, and they have a blended family of five children and seventeen grandchildren.

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