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Former Hydroplane National Champion/Owner making a difference in children's lives

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UL-16 Alamo running in 1998 UL-16 Alamo running in 1998

Ned Allen is a one-time ABRA Commissioner and former Unlimited Lights National Champion / owner of the Alamo UL-16.

He's always been successful in business and boat racing, and he's making a difference now with Make-A-Wish.  Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through grating wishes.

Ned currently serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board for Make-A-Wish.  He's in some good company.  Other board members include a number of Hollywood and sports notables:

  • Brian Corcoran - NASCAR Managing Director-Corp. Marketing
  • Kevin Donnalley - NFL
  • Jimmie Johnson - Hendrick Motorsports
  • Vince and Linda McMahon - World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Chris Webber - NBA
  • Tiffani Thiessen - Actress

Ned's wife, Suzanne serves on the National Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish as Resource Development & Branding Committee Chair.

We're always amazed at the quality and background of people involved in boat racing over the year.  Ned was a graduate of Cornell University and went on to develop a chain of 45 steak houses.  In the 70's, he sold the chain to Green Giant. 

In 1979, he formed Allen-Kearns, a real estate development company in Fort Lauderdale.  He was the developer and owner of more than 3,000 homesites throughout Florida.  In 1981, he joined Inter-Coastal Communities where he was later named CEO/Chairman.  The company went public as Chateau Properties in 1993.