Mike Jackson, CEO
AutoNation concentrates its vast community outreach and charitable involvement on cancer related projects. Through its DRV PNK Initiative, AutoNation has raised more than $15 million to help drive out cancer, create awareness and support critical research. In 2016, Forbes Magazine honored AutoNation as one of 100 companies listed on the “Just 100- America’s Best Corporate Citizens.” With over 26,000 associates from coast-to coast, AutoNation is America’s largest automotive retailer.
Now in its fourth year, AutoNation is proud to be the title sponsor of the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl, a partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Orlando Sports Foundation that combines the passions of college football with the importance of supporting breast cancer research.
Funds raised from the AutoNation Cure Bowl directly benefit the nation’s highest rated breast cancer organization, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, whose mission is committed to exclusively funding cancer research. By investing in research, we all have the power to transform this diagnosis and save lives. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $59.5 million to support the work of more than 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 15 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the U.S.—the only one with an “A+” from CharityWatch and Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars. Every dollar makes a difference. We are all part of the cure. The end of breast cancer begins with you.
The American Athletic Conference consists of 13 prestigious institutions: the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, East Carolina University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, the U.S. Naval Academy (in football only), the University of South Florida Southern Methodist University, Temple University, Tulane University, the University of Tulsa, and Wichita State University (in basketball and Olympic sports). The American has taken its place at the forefront of intercollegiate athletics, with a collection of national team and individual championships and football and men’s and women’s basketball postseason victories that place The American among the elite Division I FBS conferences. The Cure Bowl is one of the five postseason bowl game tie-ins for The American.
The Sun Belt Conference features 12 teams – Appalachian State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (in Olympic sports), Arkansas State University, Coastal Carolina University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of South Alabama, University of Texas Arlington (in Olympic sports) Texas State University and Troy University. the Sun Belt Conference continues to challenge itself, and its competitors, in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. Not content with being simply the youngest football conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the conference has shown that it can rise each and every season that comes along. The Sun Belt is also noteworthy for its attempts to make each of its championship events in every sport a special moment in the lives of its student-athletes and its many fans and followers.
The UCF College of Medicine is a research-based medical school with a culture based on partnerships and collaboration. The college’s medical and biomedical programs capitalize on UCF’s existing strengths in biological sciences, modeling and simulation, engineering, optics and photonics, psychology, chemistry, film and digital media, business and nursing. The college is also the home of Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) researcher Dr. Annette Khaled, the head of the Division of Cancer Research. She has recieved $1.1 million of the funds raised in the first three AutoNation Cure Bowl games played.
Take your vacation to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. Explore three amazing theme parks: Universal’s Volcano Bay™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and Universal Studios Florida™, plus spectacular hotels and more. It’s days and nights of endless, high-octane fun for every member of the family.
The AutoNation Cure Bowl is nationally television on CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, airs more than 400 live games annually, showcasing an array of college and professional sports, as well as in-depth studio shows, documentaries and original programs. CBS Sports Network also provides extensive shoulder programming around CBS Sports’ Championship events, including the Super Bowl, The Masters and PGA Championship.
SoftWash Systems through their equipment, chemicals, education and support have been able to assemble a International Network of exterior cleaning companies that are similarly prepared to serve you. All of this with our training and events throughout the US for our in-network soft washing professionals. The company’s mission statement is to create soft washing opportunities in faith, family and legacy. SoftWash Systems vision is to see 1,000 softwashing businesses worldwide, thriving under our business model by the year 2040.
FFVA Mutual is a Florida-based regional insurance carrier specializing in workers’ compensation since 1956. FFVA Mutual history began in 1956 with a need to provide workers’ compensation insurance for agricultural workers in Florida. That year, the FFVA Self Insurers Fund was established to help their sister company, the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, obtain coverage for their members’ employees. Forty years later in 1996, the Self Insurers Fund evolved into FFVA Mutual Insurance Company. In 1998, the decision was made to expand into all market segments and become licensed in additional states. Today, FFVA Mutual provides coverage to businesses throughout the Southeast including automotive, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, retail/wholesale, and service industries.
CoventBridge Group is a full service investigation company providing: Surveillance, SIU and Compliance, Claims Investigation, Counter-Fraud Programs, Desktop Investigations, Social Media, Record Retrieval, Canvasses and Vendor Management programs. With offices in the UK and U.S. the company provides top tier data privacy and security practices, deploys robust case management technology customized to clients’ needs and delivers worldwide coverage via its 1000 employees and affiliates worldwide. The company is led by CEO Dave Merrill, former ICS Merrill CEO, and supported by a combined management team.
Design Interactive specializes in developing virtual, augmented & mixed reality training systems for the enterprise and creating biosignature analytics. Our solutions accelerate the learning of your workforce, reduce downtime & errors, increase operational efficiency and reduce stress of your employees. Our multidisciplinary team including UI/UX designers, virtual/augmented/mixed reality engineers, human factors professionals, I/O and cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists.
The Orlando Utilities Commission is a municipally-owned public utility providing water and electric service to the citizens of Orlando, Florida and portions of adjacent unincorporated areas of Orange County, as well as St. Cloud, Florida, in Osceola County. OUC also owns and operates seven water plants and a distribution network of more than 1,700 miles of pipe. OUC’s water is pumped from the Lower Floridan Aquifer and treated with ozone to reduce the need for other chemicals.
WithumSmith+Brown brings clients the benefits of a larger organization without sacrificing the attention and personal service that one expects from a local business. Their clients represent a broad spectrum of industries and range in size from small, entrepreneurial startups to billion-dollar, publicly-held companies. The Firm has a staff of nearly 1,000 with more than 750 professionals and 450 CPAs providing accounting, audit, tax and business advisory services.
Our mission at Advantage Rent A Car is to help you get there – quickly, efficiently and pleasantly. Wherever you’re going, we’re there – and we have a car for you: A new or next-to-new vehicle that’s ready when you are. No excuses, no surprises. Advantage Rent A Car is one of the largest car rental companies in the United States. We cater to business and leisure travelers with convenient locations in 44 of the nation’s top travel markets, including Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City. We’re proud to deliver superior service, choice and value for you – our customers. We are the GPS of your business trip, the vroom of your vacation.
Event Transport Solutions (ETS) follows the simple philosophy of “It all begins and ends with transportation”. You can host the best event in the world inside the confines of your venue but if your clients have a bad experience arriving and/or departing then the whole experience and reputation of the event could be jeopardized – after all, the journey home is the last memory of the event and we want to help you ensure your event is remembered for the right reasons.Contact ETS to make your transportation plan the one that people remember as being seamless from start to finish, including pre-journey planning and booking, real-time travel information along the way and on the ground operations including parking and permitting. By drawing on our global experience and utilizing the latest technologies, ETS is your ‘go to’ resource in developing efficient, cost effective and reliable transportation solutions for you and your clients.
What started as a humble, little aerial crop dusting operation called Huff Daland Dusters in 1924 has now grown into one of the world’s largest global airlines, helping more than 180 million travelers get to the places they want to go to each year. The airline, along with its subsidiaries and regional affiliates, operates over 5,400 flights daily and serves an extensive domestic and international network that includes 319 destinations in 54 countries on six continents, as of October 2016. Delta is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance. Delta is the world’s second largest airline in terms of scheduled passengers carried, revenue passenger-kilometers flown and fleet size. In 2018, Delta ranked No. 75 in the Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors for the CFE Cure Bowl All-Stars Game
Complete List of all AutoNation Cure Bowl Partners
Alan Gooch – Tizon Commercial
Alan Hair – FFVA
Brice Aikens – Rotary Club of Orlando
Charles Pike – All Aspects Dental Lab
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit,
Gregory Lee – Baker Hostetler
Jeff Lagos – Insurance Office of America
Jim Breig – Levy Restaurants
Jim Warmus – Withum
Joanne Helbourg – Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Kay Stanney – Design Interactive
Kevin Joyce – Orlando Orthopaedic Center
Mack McLaughlin – FX Design Group
Megan Dowdy – Megan Dowdy Realty
Michael Garnes – Next Level Sports, Inc.
Michael Manglardi – Martinez Manglardi PA
Michael Morseberger – UCF Foundation, Inc.
Ray Bastin – Withum
Rob Roberson – Innovative Reasoning
Ronnie Brewer – Florida Solar
Scott Matthews – iTouch/AdOnTheBox
Scott Rose – Allstate
Ted Coltrain – Dickinson Fleet Services
The Ronald E. Dowdy Family
Tom Borgia – J Raymond Construction
Tom McAleavey – Holland & Knight
Trey Long – James Moore CPA
Blake & Mary VanBrunt
Mike & Tim Smyth