Ferman Motor Car Company
James L. Ferman Jr. serves as CEO and president of Ferman Motor Car Company and its fourteen affiliated dealerships headquartered in Tampa. Founded in 1895 by his grandfather, W. Frederick Ferman, the Ferman family business is ranked one of the largest dealership groups in Florida and in 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. He is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa.
A 1965 graduate of Emory, he is a founding member of the board of governors of the Association of Emory Alumni and a past president of the Tampa Emory Alumni Club. In 1996 he received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Emory’s Goizueta Business School. He and his wife, Cecelia 65C, received the Emory Medal for Distinguished Alumni Achievement in 1999. In 1997 he received the Tampa Citizen of the Year Award from both the Civitan Club and the Rotary Club. In 2001 he was a Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame inductee and received the Florida Family Business of the Year Award from the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa.
He is chairman of the Bank of Tampa and a director of TECO Energy Inc.
He became an Emory trustee in 1990.