Inductee Title

Founder and Chief Executive Officer PRO-LAB, American Restoration Services, Windmill Advertising Group, and more

Hall of Fame Induction Year



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Inductee Biography

James E. McDonnell IV is founder and Chief Executive Officer of PRO-LAB, American Restoration Services, and Windmill Advertising Group. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Libation (a wine boutique), Plumbing by Bob (a full-service plumbing company), STOP Burgers and Fries, and East City Grill lounge and restaurant. After attending only two semesters of college, he went door-to-door selling microwave oven leakage detectors. With drive and determination, he forged ahead with his entrepreneurial pursuits and created a number of innovative businesses. With a vision and understanding of environmental issues, he developed a line of easy-to-use, home safety test kits for mold, radon, lead, asbestos, and drinking water contaminants. Windmill Advertising was originally created to accommodate the needs of his many businesses, but now also serves a multitude of corporate clients. The company received 12 Addy awards in the 2007 Fort Lauderdale Advertising Federation competition. McDonnell is a major supporter of the community and has been involved with groups such as The Boys and Girls Club, Rotary International, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Ann Storck Center, along with many other organizations and charitable causes.

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Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame


Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations


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