The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced that Alan Lazowski, Chairman and CEO of LAZ Parking, has been elected to the NAACP Board of Directors. Alan founded LAZ Parking in 1981 while attending the University of Connecticut and today, LAZ is the second largest parking and transportation company in the nation, with over 11,500 employees managing revenues in excess of $1.4 billion and operating 2,750 parking locations in 30 states throughout the country.
“I am honored and humbled to be a part of the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country,” said Alan Lazowski. “As a son of Holocaust survivors, I feel an obligation to fight against hate, bigotry and racism of all kinds. Since founding our company in 1981, we have been committed to recruiting a diverse workforce, hiring immigrants and giving second chances. I look forward to working with the NAACP in furthering their mission, especially as it relates to criminal justice.”
In 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Alan as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Alan currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the National Parking Association and the Chabad House of Greater Hartford. He is a member of numerous boards, including the CT Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC), the Hartford Economic and Development Corporation (HEDCO), the Goodwin College Foundation, The Bushnell Theater, the Greater Hartford Jewish Federation, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jordan Porco Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the founding Chair of Voices of Hope, an organization that collects, categorizes and shares the experiences of Holocaust survivors for the benefit of future generations.
“As a successful businessman who promotes diversity and equality, and who has been a great supporter of our organization for many years, I was proud to nominate Alan Lazowski to our Board of Directors,” said Scot X. Esdaile, President of the Connecticut Chapter of the NAACP.
“Alan has dedicated a majority of his life to improving the lives of people. His personal convictions and experiences advocating for positive social change make him an asset on the national NAACP board,” said NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell.
Alan is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Thomas and Bette Wolff Family Entrepreneurship Award from the University of Connecticut, the NAACP Civil Rights Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award, the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hartford Business Journal. Alan has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from the University of Hartford.