Thursday, January 16, 2014
Scott Ginsburg is known as one of the most admired businessmen in Dallas
Scott Ginsburg's cumulative experiences in law, politics, business and philanthropy have been the foundation for a string of notable achievements.
From 1971 until 1981, Scott Ginsburg worked in the United States Congress, while attending college and law school. He worked for two Iowa Congressmen: U.S. Congressman John C. Culver and U.S. Senator Dick Clark.
From 1975 until 1981, Scott Ginsburg worked in a professional capacity of Staff Director and later as Staff Director and General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Labor’s Subcommittee on Employment, Poverty and Migratory Labor. He also worked for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Social Security and Medicare. U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin chaired both of these Subcommittees. In 1981, Mr. Ginsburg left his employment with the U.S. Congress and began a career in private industry.
From 1981 until 1983, Scott Ginsburg formulated a business plan to enter the radio broadcasting industry. In 1983, Ginsburg acquired his first radio station and founded Statewide Broadcasting. From 1983 until 1987, this station group expanded from AM and FM radio stations in three Florida cities to include large markets such as Dallas and Chicago. In 1987, Ginsburg and Cecil Heftel formed H & G Communications, and added Los Angeles, Chicago and Honolulu radio stations in the group. In 1988, Ginsburg established Evergreen Media Corporation, which focused on the nation’s largest media markets. Ginsburg took the company public in 1993.
In 1997, he co-founded the nation’s largest radio broadcasting company, Chancellor Media Corporation (NYSE:AMFM), with Tom Hicks of Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst. Ginsburg served as Chancellor’s Chief Executive Officer and a Director, capping a twenty-year career in the radio industry.
One year later, Ginsburg brought Porsche to Plano, Texas in 1998, which marked the beginning of Boardwalk Auto Group. Over the next fifteen years, Ginsburg added Audi, Volkswagen, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini to create one of the most impressive luxury lineups in the Dallas area, with each store achieving the coveted top awards from each manufacturer. Then in 2012, AutoNation acquired the Dallas area Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi dealerships from Boardwalk Auto Group.
Boardwalk Auto Group also owns Ferrari of San Francisco, Maserati of San Francisco, Maserati of Marin, FIAT of San Francisco, and most recently has added, Audi Glenwood Springs and Glenwood Springs Volkswagen, to its roster. Under Scott Ginsburg’s direction, Boardwalk Auto Group has achieved extraordinary success in sales and has been recognized for its customer service excellence. In 2002, Boardwalk Auto Group was named the fastest growing privately held company in Dallas-Fort Worth by Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and the Dallas Business Journal. Most recently, Boardwalk Ferrari, Boardwalk Maserati and Lamborghini Dallas were each named 2014 DealerRater Dealer of the Year for the U.S.
Aside from his responsibilities at Boardwalk Auto Group, Scott Ginsburg also serves on the Board of Directors of Sizmek Inc., a worldwide digital media company (SZMK) listed on the NASDAQ. For the last 15 years, the online business that is now Sizmek has proudly pioneered industry firsts in digital, including rich media, video and online targeted advertising across channels.
Scott Ginsburg has been involved in a number of charitable activities, contributing both his time and financial support. This includes the Dallas Morning News Charities, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Arboretum, The Dallas Symphony, Dallas International Film Festival, Greenhill School, Shelton School, Georgetown University Law School, and other organizations that focus on the needs of the homeless and hungry, health, education and the environment. Scott believes that whatever time he can give the community is indeed time well spent.
Mr. Scott Ginsburg earned his Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, and his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Scott has four children.