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Francisco Vidal, president of Grupo Autovidal, has been elected winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2019, an award granted by the Confederation of Business Associations of the Balearic Islands (CAEB). "This award is a distinction to business excellence and recognition of the figure of the entrepreneur and the performance of their work at the service of society," Carmen Planas, president of CAEB, has stood out.

The president of the Autovidal Group will receive the award during the Entrepreneur Gala, an event that will be held on June 14 at Castell de Bellver, before more than 500 guests and in the presence of the first authorities and prominent representatives of the Balearic society.

The event, which is sponsored by Bankia, has already confirmed the presence of the president of the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CEPYME), which CAEB represents in the Balearic Islands, as well as prominent representatives of the Spanish Confederation of Organizations Businesses (CEOE), and the employers of Catalonia, Comunitat Valenciana, Murcia and A Coruña, among others. The president of the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (CEAJE) will also attend.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award, recognizes business excellence, Considering mainly its valuation criteria, its business activity and trajectory, personal and patrimonial involvement, differentiation and positioning in the market, internationalization, creation of employment, growth potential and ethical and responsible management.

This is the fourth edition of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which, in previous editions, went to Antonio Fontanet, president of the Fontanet Group (2016); Rafael Moyá, president of Moyá Saus (2017), and Gabriel Sampol, president of Grupo Sampol (2018).

Francisco Vidal, president of the Autovidal Group

Francisco Vidal Oliver was born on July 12, 1947 in Palma. He studied at the Montesión de Palma school and after finishing high school he began his career in the automotive sector first in Paris, in a Peugeot workshop, and later in London, in a Volkswagen workshop. At the age of 21, he joined as a workshop manager at Garaje Vidal, a business founded by his grandfather Francisco Vidal Roca, and which at that time was already managed by his father Andrés Vidal Marroig. From that moment, Francisco Vidal was permanently linked to the automotive sector, reaching commercial management in 1971.

Throughout these years, Autovidal has experienced strong growth and is currently the official dealer of the brands Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Mitsubishi, Kia, Honda and since 2014 of the FCA group, made up of the Fiat, Jeep, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, professional Fiat, Lancia, Dodge, Chrysler, Maserati, Volvo and Maxus, which was the last brand incorporated into the Group in 2019, thus strengthening over the years and placing Autovidal as one of the leading and reference groups within the Balearic automotive market.

Francisco Vidal has been responsible for the consolidation and expansion of Grupo Autovidal and the generational relief process that led this company, founded in 1921, to project its future with the management of the fourth generation of the family and the incorporation of the fifth.

In the field of business association, Francisco Vidal has been president of the Association of Dealers, president of the Business Association of Automotive Distributors of the Balearic Islands (Aseda) and from the first moments was actively linked to the Board of the Association of Industrial of Mallorca (Asima).



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