For Immediate Release
February 04, 2009
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(BPRW) Kawanna Brown Honored With 2009 Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award

(BPRW) Kawanna Brown Honored With 2009 Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award at the Lexus Listening Lounge Event on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

(BLACK PR WIRR) (February 4, 2009) LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lexus, America's top-selling luxury automaker, named Kawanna Brown, chief operating officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, as this year's recipient of the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award for her outstanding contributions to the minority community. The Award will be presented to Ms. Brown at the Lexus Listening Lounge event on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009, at Los Angeles' green urban oasis, Smog Shoppe.

Ms. Brown is the second recipient of the prestigious Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award, dedicated to recognizing African-American women whose work exemplifies extraordinary achievements in the fields of business and entertainment. Last year's recipient, Ms. Cathy Hughes, Founder and COO of Radio One, was honored for her leadership in creating one of the premier radio and television networks dedicated to serving the African-American community, as well as her tireless commitment to philanthropy.

We are committed to continuing to honor African-American women who have made outstanding contributions to their communities, said Dave Nordstrom, Lexus vice president of marketing. It is our pleasure to honor Kawanna because she is a tremendous role model and has truly made a difference.
Kawanna is a true example of leadership, hard work and dedication, said Earvin Magic Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises. She is well deserving of this award, and I am honored to have her leading my team.

It's an honor and a privilege to be recognized by Lexus, added Kawanna Brown. This award recognizes not only me, but the thousands of individuals we touch every day in the communities we serve across the country.

The Lexus Listening Lounge is an event series created to celebrate the Grammy Award winners and nominees. This invite-only event series exemplifies Lexus' commitment to delivering a luxury experience to a diverse audience. The theme of each event is specific to the city in which it is being held, and often features a musical performance by a distinguished artist. This exclusive event series is held in major metropolitan markets, including Atlanta, Washington DC and Los Angeles.

About Lexus:
Lexus has become synonymous with luxury since its introduction in 1989. By offering some of the finest quality luxury vehicles and providing benchmark customer service, Lexus has remained the top-selling luxury nameplate in the United States for nine years in a row. Lexus and its 226 dealers have repeatedly achieved high honors for both the products they sell and the customer service they provide.

About Kawanna Brown:
Ms. Brown has been instrumental in growing the Magic Johnson brand into the #1 brand in urban America. Under her leadership, Ms. Brown has helped to empower ethnically diverse urban communities across the country by answering their demands. Through investment, partnership and consultation, Magic Johnson Enterprises has a portfolio of companies that strategically work together to reinforce the organization's focus on serving emerging, multicultural communities. Kawanna has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to business and philanthropy. She is the recipient of the 2007 Imani Phi Christ Award, The Network Journal's 2006 40-Under-Forty Achievement Award and the UCLA Black Alumni Association's Arthur Ashe Award. Kawanna has been featured in Essence Magazine and Black Enterprise as a woman of power. Her personal commitment to community service is also demonstrated as she sits on the boards of the Magic Johnson Foundation and Educating Young Minds.