Tampa Bay Ethics Award

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James L. Ferman, Jr.  
President and CEO of Ferman Motor Car Company

2014 Award Recipient, James L. Ferman, Jr.

James L. Ferman, Jr. serves as CEO and president of Ferman Motor Car Company and its fifteen affiliated dealerships headquartered in Tampa. Founded in 1895 by his grandfather, W. Frederick Ferman, the Ferman family business is ranked as one of the largest dealership groups in Florida and the United States.

His civic and community involvement includes past chairman and campaign chairman of the United Way of Hillsborough County and past director of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. He is past chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and its committee of 100, past president of the Tampa Museum of Art, past chairman of The Florida Aquarium and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Conservancy. 

In 1997, he received the Tampa Citizen of the Year Award from both the Civitan Club and the Rotary Club. He and his wife, Cecelia, received the Emory Medal for Distinguished Alumni Achievement in 1999. In 2001, he was a Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame inductee and received the Florida Family Business of the Year Award from the Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa. In 2010, he was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Gulf Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America, and in 2012, he was the recipient of the H.L. Culbreath Profile in Leadership Award, presented by Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

He is chairman of the Bank of Tampa and a director of TECO Energy, Inc.

He and Cecelia have two daughters, Laura Farrior and Janice Straske, and six grandchildren. They reside in Tampa, where they are members of the Hyde Park United Methodist Church.

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