“Growing up in an entrepreneurial family sparked my passion for business. FAU enabled me to participate in my family’s business while building an academic foundation to launch my professional career. I am forever grateful to FAU for paving the way to numerous career opportunities and shaping the critical thinking and foundational skills to make the most of those opportunities.”
Brent Burns is executive vice president and chief operating officer of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive corporation based in Deerfield Beach, Fla. As COO, Burns oversees JM Family’s three operating business units – Southeast Toyota Distributors, World Omni Financial Corp. and JM&A Group – and leads the organization’s overall strategic planning and diversification efforts. He also serves as a member of the company’s Executive Management Team, which directs the development and implementation of its long-range planning for future growth.
Burns joined JM Family in 2000 with nearly 20 years of leadership experience in automotive operations and finance, and has helped establish a financial framework that has been instrumental to the company’s ongoing success.
Burns graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Burns also sits on the boards of Kids in Distress and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.