Step One Automotive Group Receives Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award

Step One Automotive Group Receives Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award

Step One Automotive Group has been named a recipient of the Florida Department of Education’s 2022 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award. The award recognizes Florida’s business leaders and partners that have shown the most commitment to bringing positive change and implementing bold, innovative approaches to improve the academic performance of students in Florida’s education system and communities. These educational connections help Florida school districts gain a competitive edge in providing enhanced services to the students they serve.

“It is such an honor for us to receive this recognition. At Step One, giving back is in our DNA. Especially when it comes to children and education. Because the truth is one of those children could change the world one day. And if we can help them find that path, even in the smallest way, then that’s all that matters to us,” said Maureen Bierman, Step One Automotive Group Director of Marketing and Communications. 

Each school district is encouraged to nominate a worthy business that provides educational support in areas of civics, literacy, career & technical education, school safety, STEM/STEAM education, college readiness, and family involvement to students and educators within their community. Step One Automotive Group is recognized along with Lakewood Ranch Rotary Books for Kids in Manatee County and Ocean Bank in Miami-Dade County. Step One Automotive Group is the only Okaloosa County recipient of the award this year. 

Step One Automotive Group recently celebrated its first five years in business. Prioritizing local community initiatives and fostering a service-oriented company culture in its dealerships remain at the forefront of the company’s mission. Step One partners with charitable organizations, including the HSU Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Saving with Soul Pet Rescue, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, local military groups, and many more.

For more information about this year’s winners, visit

About Step One Automotive Group
Step One Automotive Group is an American company based in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, built on a singular dedication to empowering lives through smarter and easier ways of accessing mobility. Step One Automotive Group owns 20 new car dealerships in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, representing 17 brands, including Chrysler, Dodge Jeep, Ram Fiat, Volkswagen, Subaru, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Genesis, Ford, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati. Step One Automotive Group also owns two standalone pre-owned operations, three wholesale parts operations, and one rental car operation. Out of 18,000 dealerships in the United States, Step One ranks in the top 90 dealer groups in the United States and the top 10 in Florida. Step One employs 787 team members across three states and six cities.

For more information, please visit
Instagram: @steponeautomotivegroup

Contact Information:

Shantelle Dedicke

President, Frances Roy Agency
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Pettit’s Triple Biocide Antifouling Bottom Paints Lead the Way of Extremely Effective and Sustainable Antifouling Solutions

Pettit’s Triple Biocide Antifouling Bottom Paints Lead the Way of Extremely Effective and Sustainable Antifouling SolutionsTRIPLE BIOCIDES LEADING THE WAY FOR SUPERYACHT ANTIFOULING.

Innovation, Sustainability and Environmental Impact. These are the key features of Pettit’s triple biocide products, Odyssey® Triton and Trinidad® XSR. These innovative products contain the proven biocides Cuprous Thiocyanate and ECONEA® (Tralopyril) to protect the bottom of any vessel against all types of hard fouling. To this is added Zinc Pyrithione, an extremely effective ingredient to protect against soft fouling organisms like algae, slime and hydroids. These three biocidal ingredients are incorporated into two different paint matrixes which yield a perfect balance of performance properties as demonstrated in field testing and in-field use over many years.

One of the keys to these products and any product in the marketplace is its sustainability. What are some indicators regarding sustainability of antifouling paints?  

  1. Products made from sustainable raw materials. Currently, Pettit® Odyssey Triton and Trinidad XSR contain approximately 10% sustainable raw materials by weight. That number is expected to grow in the future as we continue to explore new raw materials that have a smaller environmental footprint and a smaller effect on climate change.
  2. Products that last longer so that more labor and materials are not required to repaint at more frequent intervals. Odyssey Triton and Trinidad XSR proven performance will last far beyond other similar products in the marketplace.
  3. Products that save time and energy in their manufacture, transportation, application, and performance. Odyssey Triton and Trinidad XSR have a lower density than most antifouling paints on the market today, meaning less energy needed to ship the same amount of product as higher density antifouling paints. Odyssey Triton and Trinidad XSR easy, simple application means less time and effort needed to paint a vessel. Odyssey Triton and Trinidad XSR, as mentioned above, will outperform other antifouling paints on the market leading to huge savings in time and energy. 

Another key feature is their minimal environmental impact. The product VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content is below 330 g/L, making it compliant in every air district in the nation. Higher VOC products contribute to the formation of ozone. 

Odyssey Triton multi-season ablative antifouling and Trinidad XSR multi-season hard antifouling not only provide excellent protection but are backed up by the industry’s strongest warranty. The HD (Hull Defense 24 Month Limited Warranty) offers peace of mind to any boater in every harbor. This pairing makes Odyssey Triton and Trinidad XSR the most dependable and trusted antifouling paints for every boater and applicator in the industry.

Contact Information:

Tom Maellaro

Vice President of Marketing
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Morgan Auto Group Named ‘The Official Automotive Retailer’ of the Motor Enclave Tampa

Morgan Auto Group Named ‘The Official Automotive Retailer’ of the Motor Enclave TampaThe 100 Acre Enclave Off-Road Experience to be named “The Enclave Off-Road Experience presented by Morgan Auto Group”

Morgan Auto Group Named ‘The Official Automotive Retailer’ of the Motor Enclave Tampa
The Motor Enclave Construction Site

Aerial View of The Motor Enclave Construction Site

The Motor Enclave announced today that it has entered into a multi-year alliance with The Morgan Auto Group to be “The Official Automotive Retailer” of the 200-acre experiential motorsports venue conveniently located at the corner of I-4 and I-75 less than 15 minutes from downtown Tampa. The deal provides Morgan with special access to use the facility for a variety of team and customer events, including the exclusive ability to provide customers who purchase select performance vehicles with trackside delivery and driving experiences.  

The Morgan Auto Group will receive exposure in key locations throughout the development, most notably having its brand integrated into the name of the 100-acre off-road experience and being the inaugural year presenting sponsor of a quarterly “Enclave Cars and Coffee,” which is anticipated to be the largest gathering of cars in the region.

Additionally, Morgan Auto Group will provide its skilled technicians to operate an on-site maintenance/performance shop called “The Enclave Speed Shop powered by Morgan Auto Group,” where Enclave Private Garage owners and members of the Enclave Motorsports Club can have maintenance performed on their vehicles, including oil/tire changes, track safety inspections, after-market performance parts installation and more.

“When we learned about The Motor Enclave coming to Tampa, we knew we had to be involved in some manner,” said Brett Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Auto Group. “After learning of Brad Oleshansky’s success in working with franchise dealership groups at his initial project in Michigan, M1 Concourse, it became apparent that The Motor Enclave will be the perfect venue to engage current and prospective customers, train and reward our staff, and extend the Morgan Auto Group brand beyond our retail footprint. With our enthusiast brands like Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, Lexus, BMW, Maserati, Jeep, Subaru, Land Rover, Ford and more, we are really excited for the unique experiences our customers will be able to have at The Motor Enclave.”

“We are thrilled to have Morgan Auto Group as our first official partner at The Motor Enclave. The diversity of brands represented in Morgan’s portfolio of retail stores aligns perfectly with our goal to deliver engaging experiences to owners/members, corporate clients and the general public, each of whom may have a personal affinity for a particular brand,” said Brad Oleshansky, Founder and CEO of The Motor Enclave. “Additionally, the fact that Morgan now has 28 stores across the greater Tampa Bay area and Sarasota, including the #1 Jeep dealership in the nation, makes Morgan the perfect fit for our 100-acre purpose-built off-road experience.” 

About Morgan Auto Group

Morgan Automotive Group ( is one of the largest automotive dealer groups in the nation, ranked #8 by Automotive News. The Tampa-based business has 61 franchised dealerships across Florida representing 30 manufacturers including most domestics and imports, as well as luxury brands, including Morgan Import Motorcars. Each dealership offers new, certified pre-owned and quality used vehicle sales, as well as vehicle parts, maintenance and repair services. The company’s famous slogan, “When You Make It Morgan, We Make It Happen” is the cornerstone philosophy for all of Morgan’s customer service and operations.

About The Motor Enclave 

The Motor Enclave is the premier developer of experiential motorsports venues in North America.  Our 200-acre development in Tampa, Florida, includes a 1.6 -mile Hermann Tilke-designed driving circuit, a 2-acre vehicle dynamics pad, a 100-acre off-road experience with miles of purpose-built trails, a 37,000 -quare-foot corporate event center and the largest Private Garage community in the world. Every adrenaline-filled detail has been designed and engineered around delivering memorable experiences to our owners/members, corporate clients and the general public. Complete details can be found at  The Motor Enclave is on track for a March 2023 grand opening.

Contact Information:

Brad Oleshansky

[email protected]

Hank Johnson

Marketing Manager
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