DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- At The NASCAR Foundation Board of Directors' meeting today, Lesa France Kennedy and Glenn S. Ritchey, were elected as the two newest board members.
Kennedy is CEO and Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors for International Speedway Corporation, as well as a Vice Chairperson for NASCAR. She is actively involved with several civic organizations in the Daytona Beach area, including the Chamber of Commerce, Seaside Music Theater, Leadership Daytona, the Civic League of the Halifax Area and the United Way. She also supports Victory Junction, the American Heart Association, Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences and Moffitt Cancer Center, where she is on the Board of Advisors.
Kennedy's long list of honors include, among others, being named "Most Powerful Woman in Sports" in 2009 by Forbes, "Most Influential Woman in Business" in 2006 by Volusia Flagler Business Report, "Most Influential Woman in Sports Business" in 2005 by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal and "Female Sports Executive of the Year" in 2001 by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.
Ritchey is the President and CEO of the Jon Hall Automotive Group/Ritchey Autos Southeast Automotive Management, one of the nation's most successful automotive companies. The former two-term Daytona Beach mayor is on numerous boards and has served as Chairman of the following: Daytona Beach's Board of Adjustments, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and its Foundation, Lively Arts Center, GMAC's Dealer Advisory Board, Crime Stoppers, The Civic League of the Halifax Area, Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce and the Daytona Beach Rotary Club. He also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Ritchey has been presented the GM Dealer of the Year Award every year from 2002-2012, and the Genuine Leader Award from Chevrolet Motor Division every year since its inception in 1999. Among many other distinctions, he has also been honored with the Martin Luther King Chairman's Leadership Award (2011), NAACP Humanitarian of the Year Award (2010) and the VCard Citizen of the Year Award (2008).
"This is a proud day for me on a personal and professional level," said Betty Jane France, chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation. "My daughter Lesa France Kennedy has become one of the country's leading sports executives. Glenn Ritchey has excelled in the business world and community service. Collectively, they bring a wealth of expertise to The NASCAR Foundation. And then, most importantly, they both are simply good, caring individuals who personify what the foundation is all about."
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