ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dwayne Hawkins, founder and CEO of Crown Automotive Group, died Dec. 24 at age 85. He started as a salesman at Doug Wiley Pontiac in Birmingham, Ala., near his hometown, then moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1969 to purchase his first dealership under the Crown Automotive name. The group now has 22 dealerships selling 25 brands in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee.
OBITUARY: Dwayne Hawkins
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