Paul Borden, a founding member of SAMA (Southern Automotive Media Association) and past two-term president of the organization, is the 2012 recipient of the Terry Jackson Memorial Award.
The award, named for the late automotive journalist, recognizes a member for outstanding service to SAMA and for contributions to the auto industry in South Florida. The announcement and presentation of a commemorative plaque were made at the annual SAMA luncheon sponsored by Hyundai at the Miami International Auto Show in Miami Beach.
“Paul’s work on behalf of SAMA is invaluable to the success and continued growth of our organization,” said SAMA president Jaime Florez. “Paul has always been our ‘go-to’ guy when we need something done and he has been instrumental in keeping the association on an even keel when times got rough. We owe Paul a lot and he deserves a lot of credit for keeping this organization moving ahead.”
Borden is a veteran newspaper journalist and automotive writer, formerly with several newspapers, including the Miami Herald, Arkansas Gazette, Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger and Louisville Courier- Journal. He was a senior editor with AMI AutoWorld and has written on a freelance basis since then, and is a regular contributor to Examiner.com. Borden also is the founding vice president of SAMA.
Borden and his wife, Virginia, reside in Kendall.
The Terry Jackson Award is named for the late auto journalist who was a nationally known figure and also a founding member of SAMA. He succumbed to cancer in January 2009. Previous recipients of the Terry Jackson Award have been Marcello Serrato, president and founder of Prestige Auto Specialists; Rick Baker, president of the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, and Jose “Pepe” Delfino, webmaster and media manager for SAMA.