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Governor Scott Honors 29-Year-Old Jacksonville Businessman With Entrepreneur Award

Cyd Hoskinson

A young Jacksonville businessman was singled out for recognition by Florida Governor Rick Scott Thursday.

Scott was in town to present 29-year-old Dane Gray, founder and president of Elite Parking Services of America, with the Young Entrepreneur Award. Scott says the award is bigger than a single individual, however.

 “When you highlight successful individuals like this, there are more people who want to be just like Dane; they look at him as a role model,” Scott said. “How many people wouldn’t want to have built a company by the time they’re 29 and have 320 employees and doing a good job and expanding.”

Elite Parking Services creator Dane Gray sees the Governor’s award as a vote of confidence.

 “It tells me we’re doing right,” he said. “We’re doing a lot to create jobs; we’re doing a lot to actually innovate and change our industry and we’re using technology to do so.”

The headquarters for Elite Parking Services is on Laura Street downtown. The company manages parking facilities and provides shuttle and valet services for government agencies and private businesses.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.