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James Martin Moran (August 8, 1918 – April 24, 2007) was an American car dealer and philanthropist whose net worth of $2.4 billion ranked him 390th on the Forbes 400 at the time of his death. Early years Personal Moran was born in Chicago. His father died when he was 14, but his mother insisted he stay in school. He graduated from Loyola High School (now Loyola Academy) in 1936. Moran married Arline Steveley in 1941, then served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1943. He and his wife had three children: Arline in 1943, Pat in 1945 and Jim, Jr. in 1948. His first wife died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis in February, 1976. Moran married Janice Maxine Kline on July 30, 1976. Business Following high school, he saved his money and bought a Sinclair gas station in 1939 for $360; returning to Chicago after his war service, he added a used-car lot, then opened a Hudson dealership, Midtown Motors in 1946 which grew to be the largest in the U.S. When Hudson merged with Nash-Kelvinator, he switched brands to Ford in 1955, renaming it Courtesy Ford. As the first car dealer to advertise on television, he became well known in the Chicago area as "Jim Moran the Courtesy Man." In an interview with Mike Downey in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2005 as the World Series got underway, Moran recalled his 1959 promotion to give a free car to any Sox player who hit a home run in the 1959 World Series. (He ended up giving three 1960 Ford Falcons to slugger Ted Kluszewski.) By the late 1950s, Courtesy Ford had become the world's largest Ford dealer. On March 24, 1961 he became and remains the only automobile dealer to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. Retiring to Florida In the early 1960s, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He and his wife, Arline, who was also ill, decided to move to Florida. However, his disease went into remission and in 1968, he returned to the automotive field by opening a Pontiac dealership in Homestead, which he subsequently moved to Hollywood. Toyota In early 1968, he was contacted by a friend from Chicago who said that Toyota wanted to establish a dealer network in the Southeast U.S. and wanted to talk to Jim Moran, who asked what a Toyota was. The company had been unsuccessful at breaking into the American market at the end of the 1950s and was trying again. Moran declined, but his friend was insistent that Moran drive one. According to Moran, he tested everything to see if it would break. While cruising at 55 mph on the interstate, Moran shifted into reverse, and the engine and transmission survived. Moran concluded that although Toyotas weren't as stylish or comfortable as domestic vehicles, they were well-built, reasonably priced, and destined to change the automotive business. On October 26, 1968 he entered into an agreement to distribute Toyota vehicles from the port in Jacksonville, Florida to the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina. His Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) was founded that year and in 2006, distributed over 400,000 vehicles, 20% of all new Toyotas sold in the United States. JM Family Moran created other automotive businesses under the JM Family Enterprises (JMFE) umbrella, which is headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida. JMFE is recognized as one of Fortune's "100 Best Places to Work in America" and the second largest private company in Florida. The company grew from a distribution business into a diversified automotive corporation. Today, those businesses also include vehicle processing, financial services and insurance products, retail sales/dealer technology products and services. JMFE is an industry leader with 2008 sales of $10.1 billion and employing approximately 4,000 people nationwide. Troubles Moran pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 1984. He insisted that he had been given bad advice and it was not intentional. He was fined $35,000, put on probation, and created a training facility for disadvantaged youth (see Philanthropy, below). A number of Toyota dealers filed suit against JMFE alleging that they were coerced into doing business with other JMFE companies in order to receive the most desirable Toyota models. Eventually, all the lawsuits were dropped after a settlement was reached. In the late 1980s, SET was accused of denying dealership franchises to blacks who met the distributor's requirements. In 1992, a congressional hearing was held to investigate possible discrimination. In response, JMFE began the yearly African-American Achievers Awards. Yachting Moran's first boat was purchased in the 1940s; a 19-foot Chris-Craft. From that point, he was hooked. Boats and entertaining on them was Jim Moran's passion. In his lifetime, he owned more than 200, including models from Burger, Wellcraft Scarab, Hatteras, Sea Ray, Rybovich and multimillion-dollar motor yachts from Feadship. In 1983, he asked Feadship to design a boat large enough to be seaworthy for ocean cruising but elegant for entertaining business associates. Over the next 20+ years, Moran commissioned seven more vessels from the company, culminating in the 168' Gallant Lady in 2002.His modus operandi was to commission a yacht, take delivery (boats usually took 18–24 months to build), use it for a couple of years, then commission a new yacht with improvements. When the new boat was finished, he would sell the old boat at a profit and repeat the cycle.Jim Moran had a significant influence on yachting. ShowBoats International presented him with their first Flagship Award in 2006. It was awarded because "he progressively pushed the envelope on technology and innovation...generously shared his yachting experience with his employees and charitable organizations...plus his life-time commitment to stewardship of the environment"The Yacht Club of Monaco and sponsor, Hublot presented him with the Yachting Heritage Award for "innovation in yacht design and technology with a commitment to ocean preservation".Jim Moran and his wife Jan were founding members of the International SeaKeepers Society, who renamed their calibration lab and engineering office in Moran's honor after his death. They were also included in the two-star Admiral's Club.Mr. Moran was posthumously honored on April 18, 2008 in Venice, Italy with a special Superyacht Legacy Award from Boat International that recognized his contributions to yacht design, ocean conservation efforts, boating enthusiasm and philanthropy. Philanthropy In 1984, Moran founded the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC), located in Deerfield Beach, Florida as a privately funded program that offers basic automotive repair training, GED and academic preparation, and life skills proficiency for at-risk young people. As of 2009, there are 491 YATC graduates living as successful, law-abiding citizens because they were given an opportunity to learn a marketable skill.After open heart surgery saved his life in 1988, Moran donated $1 million to fund a cardiovascular intensive care unit at Holy Cros.... Discover the Jan Moran popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Jan Moran books.

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Coral Cottage

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A fresh start. A sunny beach town. One summer to rediscover her life.***An instant USA TODAY Bestseller!***A new beach read series set in the beloved village of Summer Beach.

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Seabreeze Sunset

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Untangling secrets at a historic beach inn has unimagined surprises.With the high summer season underway at the Seabreeze Inn, Ivy Bay faces new challenges. She has just one season to ...

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Coral Holiday

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A heartwarming holiday beach special.Marina Moore’s new Coral Cafe is a Summer Beach favorite of locals and visitors alike. When her sister Kai throws her energy into helping c...

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Life is a Cabernet: A Wine Country Novella

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From Jan Moran, the author of The Winemakers and The Chocolatier, comes a riveting novella that’s as rich and irresistible as a fine cabernet wine.Napa Valley, 1956: Years ago,...

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Vintage Perfumes: Classic Fragrances from the 19th and 20th Centuries

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Vintage perfumes are classic fragrances that have stood the test of time. A collection of popular beloved perfumes from 1850 to 1980, Vintage Perfumes is an insightful collection of feminine...

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The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets

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A young winemaker. A devastating family secret. A truth that could destroy the man she loves.**From a USA Today bestselling author.**"We were spellbound by the thread of deceptio...

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Coral Cafe

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A beach cafe. An event to remember. The summer continues.When Marina Moore decides to expand her farmer's market and pop-up dinner business, the next step is a cafe on the shores...

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Il giardino dei profumi perduti

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«Jan Moran è la nuova regina del romanzo sentimentale.» USA Today Dall’autrice del bestseller La casa dei profumi dimenticati Quando Danielle Bretancourt l...

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Heart's Return

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8 Tales Of Romance Those We Long For 'Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies' Shadow Play By Karen L. Abrahamson Life is a Cabernet By Jan Mora...

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La casa dei profumi dimenticati

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Un romanzo da non perdere Nella California degli anni Cinquanta, Caterina e Santo, un giovane italiano cresciuto con lei nella tenuta vinicola di Milles Étoiles, consumano una n...

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Seabreeze Shores

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An exciting new story on Summer Beach shores.**From a USA Today bestselling author.**As sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay enter a new phase of their lives, unexpected challenges a...

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Seabreeze Inn

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A widowed artist. An old crush. One summer to get her life back.**A USA Today bestseller!**“Jan Moran is a favorite author of mine. All in all a fun read that grabs you at the ...

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Hepburn's Necklace: A Novel

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A vintage necklace. A long-hidden secret. A second chance for love.**From a USA Today bestselling author, a saga that begins on the set of the Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday.**

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Seabreeze Summer

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Two sisters. One unforgettable summer.While renovating an old beach house, Ivy and her sister, Shelly, suddenly have full occupancy after fire forces Summer Beach residents from their ...

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Sterne über dem Comer See

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Eine junge Frau mit einem großen Traum, ein Geschenk von Audrey Hepburn und eine unsterbliche Liebe.Rom 1952: Die junge Ruby ist überglücklich – sie hat eine Rolle in...

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Seabreeze Christmas

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A season of joy. The spirit of family. Celebrate a joyous holiday season with an enchanting story.**A instant USA Today bestseller!**Families and friends come together at the Sea...

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«Una lettura imperdibile.» Library Journal 1953. Con il cuore spezzato per la misteriosa morte del marito, Celina Savoia decide di lasciare la sua città, San Francisco, ...

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The Perfumer: Scent of Triumph

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A young French perfumer. A world at war. A personal vengeance that could destroy a family.**From a USA Today Bestselling Author**“A sweeping tale that transports readers from t...

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Die Chocolatière

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An der malerischen Amalfiküste entscheidet sich das Schicksal einer jungen Chocolatière ...San Francisco 1953: Als ihr Ehemann Tony stirbt, sucht die junge Chocolatière...

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Seabreeze Wedding

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The high summer season. A long-awaited wedding. Surprises at a historic beach inn.**From a USA Today bestselling author**At the historic Seabreeze Inn, a summer beach weddi...

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The Chocolatier: A Novel

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A young widow. A husband she thought she knew. On the picturesque Italian coast of Amalfi lies a chocolatier's destiny...From a USA Today bestselling author.San Francisco, ...

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Seabreeze Book Club

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A new bookshop on the beach. A sizzling summer ahead. Join a new book club at the Seabreeze Inn.**From a USA Today bestselling author.**When sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay form...

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Coral Weddings

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You're invited to a Summer Beach wedding... From a USA Today bestselling series.While Marina and Jack contemplate their future, her sister Kai and her new fiance Axe are planning...

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Coral Cafe: Summer Beach: Coral Cottage, Book 2 (Unabridged)

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A beach cafe. An event to remember. The summer heats up with friendship and fun. A USA Today best seller. When Marina Moore decides to expand her farmers market and p...

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Seabreeze Wedding

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The high summer season. A long-awaited wedding. Surprises at a historic beach inn.**A USA Today bestseller.**At the historic Seabreeze Inn, sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay...

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Verena Valent is at the helm of her family's legendary Swiss skincare company in Beverly Hills. After her parents die, she becomes the sole provider for her younger twin sisters and her gran...

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Hepburn's Necklace

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From Jan Moran, a USA Today bestselling author of romantic women’s fiction, comes a dual timeline saga of love and second chances set in Italy.A vintage necklace. A long-hidden...

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Coral Cafe

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A beach cafe. An event to remember. The summer heats up with friendship and fun.A USA Today bestseller! “A fun read that grabs you at the start.” — Tina Sloan, Award-w...

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Scent of Triumph: A Novel of Perfume and Passion

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Jan Moran is the new queen of the epic romance."- USA Today best-selling author Rebecca ForsterWhen French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leavin...

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Beauty Mark: A Love, California Series Novel, Book 2

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In the glamorous world of high stakes beauty and fashion, Scarlett Sandoval is a top intellectual property attorney in such demand that her firm sends private jets to shuttle her between Los...

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Seabreeze Sunset

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Untangling secrets at a historic beach inn has unimagined surprises.With the high summer season underway at the Seabreeze Inn, Ivy Bay faces new challenges. She has just one seas...

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A bookshop on the beach. A sizzling summer ahead. Join a new book club at the Seabreeze Inn.From a USA Today best-selling author.When sisters Ivy and Shelly Ba...

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La casa dei profumi dimenticati

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Una storia familiare piena di segreti e appassionante.Nella California degli anni Cinquanta, Caterina e Santo, un giovane italiano cresciuto con lei nella tenuta vinicola di Mill...

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The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets

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A young woman. A Family secret. A devastating truth that could destroy the man she loves.Many years ago, the RosettaFamily’s hard-won dreams of staking their claim in the viney...

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Coral Cottage: Coral Cottage at Summer Beach (Unabridged)

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A fresh start. A sunny beach town. One summer to rediscover her life.**NOW A USA TODAY (August 6, 2020) BEST SELLER!**A new beach listen series set in the belo...

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Seabreeze Book Club

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A bookshop on the beach. A sizzling summer ahead. Join a new book club at the Seabreeze Inn.**A USA Today bestseller.**When sisters Ivy and Shelly Bay form a book clu...

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Coral Cottage

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A fresh start. A sunny beach town. One summer to rediscover her life.**NOW A USA TODAY (August 6, 2020) BESTSELLER!**A new beach read series set in the belo...

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The Chocolatier

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A young widow. A husband she thought she knew. On the picturesque Italian coast of Amalfi lies a chocolatier's destiny...San Francisco, 1953: Heartbroken over the mysterious deat...

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When jeweler-to-the-stars Elena Eaton is ensnared in a daring jewelry heist on the night of the Academy Awards, she discovers that nothing in La La Land is as it seems. As her sterling reput...

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Seabreeze Summer

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Two sisters. One unforgettable summer.While renovating an old beach house, Ivy and her sister, Shelly, suddenly have full occupancy after fire forces Summer Beach residents from ...

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After Fianna Fitzgerald's debut runway show of her fashion designs, a walk on the Malibu beach with reclusive rock star Niall Finley nearly claims their lives when they get caught in high ti...

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Style: A Love, California Series Novel, Book 5

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As a top international model, hard-working Penelope Plessen changes her hair like other women change shoes. Jetting between runways in the world’s most glamorous cities is the life she’s...

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Seabreeze Christmas

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A season of joy. The spirit of family. Celebrate a joyous holiday season at the Seabreeze Inn, where love is in the air…and a unique discovery awaits. **A USA Today bestseller.** Enjo...

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Seabreeze Inn

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A widowed artist. An old crush. One summer to get her life back.A USA Today bestseller. "An enjoyable, lovely read that will lift your spirits." - Silver's Reviews...

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When indie perfumer Dahlia Dubois reluctantly steps in to lead the iconic, international perfume house her grandmother founded, she soon discovers that nothing is as it seems - including the...

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