WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The actions of the 2021 Tire Business Tire Dealer Humanitarian have touched the office of a rising political figure.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent a letter Jan 12 to Ron Katz, the 2021 winner of the prestigious medal, congratulating Katz for his humanitarian efforts not only in Florida, but across the globe. Katz owns three Florida Midas dealerships: One in West Palm Beach, a second in Cutler Bay (near Miami) and a third in Cocoa Beach (near Cape Canaveral).
In the letter, DeSantis wrote that he appreciated Katz's "work to improve the lives of Floridians while serving as a positive role model and business owner."
Katz was awarded the medal in early November, prior to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. He is the 28th recipient of the award, given to an independent tire dealer or retreader who during the past year has made significant contributions to the betterment of their community through charitable and/or public service work.
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Katz was lauded for his work in the Florida community, including a benefit he held for a woman fighting cancer, refurbishing a van for a local non-profit, and spearheading efforts to help victims of Hurricane Maria, which ravaged Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Dorian, which struck the Bahamas.
"You have undoubtedly served as an inspiration to others, and I encourage you to keep up the great work," DeSantis wrote.
Since then, Katz has spearheaded an effort to send a truckload of goods to the area of Kentucky recently ravaged by tornadoes.