Chaparral and Robalo president Jim Lane was named to the University of Florida’s inaugural 2015 Gator100, which is designed to recognize CEOs and entrepreneurs from the nation’s fastest-growing and most successful companies.
"From a field that represents every segment of the economy, it's an honor to be selected to the inaugural Gator100," Lane said in a statement. "As we celebrate our 50-year anniversary, Chaparral continues to enjoy significant growth and remains among the leading boatbuilders in the marine industry."
Lane, who graduated from the university in 1964, was honored in a ceremony Feb. 6.
Starting from an extensive list, the selection committee narrowed the candidates to the top 600, then fine-tuned the list to create the Gator100, which is sponsored by the university, the Warrington College of Business Administration and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
The Gator100 award follows on the heels of a special recognition commendation by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
Additionally, Lane, along with Chaparral founder Buck Pegg, were selected as Boating Industry Magazine's Mover And Shaker of the Year.