The event will be held Thursday, March 21st.
Northwood University Florida students, faculty and staff will celebrate Founders' Day on Thursday, March 21st at 3:30PM by celebrating Northwood's mission and history as President Emeritus Dr. David E. Fry delivers opening remarks and entrepreneur Malcolm Pray shares entrepreneurial insights.
The event will be followed by 4:30PM reception at the Bell Tower Patio.
Pray, one of the founding members of the American International Auto Dealers Association (AIADA) will share how he has incorporated Northwood values in his own professional and philanthropic works.
He was born in New York City and moved to Greenwich in 1939 - the same year that he attended the New York World's Fair and fell in love with the car that started his passion for automobiles - the Delahaye. In 1955 he went to work for Morlee Motors on the Post Road in Greenwich, a small imported car dealership only a few feet away from the eventual complex of dealerships that he created and ran for forty-five years. Malcolm Pray believed that service, which was unknown to foreign car owners in the 1960's, was the most important element to customer satisfaction and therefore building a successful business. He did just that, and Pray Audi (the first dealer to sign up for a new Audi franchise) became the number one Audi dealer in the country for six straight years.
Malcolm Pray was a member of the board of directors AIADA from 1970 - 1980. He was President of AIADA from 1973-1974. He was Chairman of the National Volkswagen Dealer Council from 1969-1970; Chairman of the National Porsche Audi Dealer Council from 1971-76; President of the Connecticut Volkswagen Dealers Association in 1972 and President of the Greenwich Automobile Dealers Association from 1962-65 and 1990-1999. Mr. Pray was the recipient of the Time Quality Dealer Award; Connecticut Automotive Trades "Dealer of the Year"; and the Sports Illustrated Dealer of Distinction Award.
Having always taken the lead in promoting the Audi product, Pray Audi became the number one selling dealer in the country in the 1990s.
Mr. Pray is very active in many civic, charitable and political affairs. He has been a Vice President of the Greenwich Boy Scouts for over twenty years, is an active board member of the Boys and Girls Club, and the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich, amongst others. He is an ardent supporter of many worthy local civic causes. Malcolm Pray is a collector of vintage automobiles, and has over eighty classics in his collection at his home on Round Hill Road, and at the Pray Achievement Center in Banksville, New York. He uses his collection and his love of the automobile to mentor young people at the Pray Achievement Center in Banksville, New York.