Crown Automotive Group Celebrates 50 Anniversary At Rays Game

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The Crown Automotive Group continued its 50th anniversary celebration with a special appearance at a Tampa Bay Rays game for founder Dwayne Hawkins. The last 50 years have seen Crown grow into one of the nation’s largest privately owned dealership groups.

Dwayne Hawkins steps onto the field during the 50th Anniversary celebration

I want to thank everyone in the Rays organization for making this such a special night for me and all of Crown.

Dwayne Hawkins, founder and CEO of Crown Automotive, was given special recognition by the Tampa Bay Rays during a game for the Crown Automotive Group’s many years of partnership with the baseball organization. It also paid homage and celebrated the local automotive group’s 50th Anniversary.

“It was a touching ceremony,” said Hawkins. “I want to thank everyone in the Rays organization for making this such a special night for me and all of Crown.”

The Crown Automotive Group is the official automotive sponsor for the Tampa Bay Rays and has been a major partner in the community with the baseball organization since the team started playing over 20 years ago in 1998.

Crown began in 1969 as a Pontiac dealership in St. Petersburg with a simple idea – create a place where the core values of customer focus, teamwork, integrity and growth could take root. From this came the auto group’s creed, “The Better Way To Buy,” that is proudly employed in all Crown stores.

“The last 50 years have taught me one important thing,” continued Hawkins. “You can’t put a price on the importance of the partnerships you make and the impact it can make in your community.”

About Crown Automotive Group
Over the last 50 years, Crown Automotive Group has grown into one of the largest privately owned dealership groups in the nation with operations in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee. Every Crown Automotive dealership features an extensive selection of new, Crown and factory certified, and meticulously inspected pre-owned vehicles with financing options for every budget. Customers can also expect superior service from a team of highly trained technicians at Crown's signature award-winning service facilities. Driven by four core values: Customer Focus, Teamwork, Integrity, and Growth, the group is committed to providing each customer with "The Better Way To Buy." Visit for more information on Crown Automotive Group and The Better Way To Buy.

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