Jim is the owner and operator of four dealerships and two collision centers in Dade City and Tampa, Florida: Jim Browne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Dade City, Jim Browne Chevrolet Buick GMC of Dade City, Jim Browne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Tampa Bay, Jim Browne Chevrolet of Tampa Bay, Jim Browne Collision Center of Dade City and Jim Browne Collision Center of Tampa Bay. Born in Allentown, PA, Jim is the second oldest of seven siblings. His parents, Bernice and James Browne, moved to Allentown shortly before Jim was born. They valued hard work, determination, discipline, honesty and education, all traits that Jim and his siblings value to this day. A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing, Jim was named NCAA batting champion in his final year in college. His batting average of .528 is among the highest in NCAA history. In 1997 he was inducted into Drexel University’s Hall of Fame. After his final year of college eligibility, Jim was drafted and signed to play professional baseball by the Texas Rangers. Jim then joined Chrysler Corporation where he held various sales, marketing, managerial and executive positions over the next 20 years. He worked in Philadelphia, New York, Charlotte, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando and Detroit. In 1987 Jim married his wife Jill, whom he had met in high school. They have been married for more than 28 years and have three children. Their sons, Jimmy and Joey, graduated from Florida State University. Jimmy, their eldest, is currently pursuing a degree in Law at Cornel University in New York. Their daughter, Nicole, is in high school at the Academy of the Holy Name. The Browne family resides in the Tampa area. The Jim Browne Automotive Group currently employs close to 300 local residents and is one of the top-selling automotive retailers in the country.