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Republic Industries, Inc., Announces New Hires, Changes to Its Corporate Communications Staff

Oct. 30, 1998

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 30 /PRNEWSWIRE/ -- Republic Industries, Inc. (NYSE: RII) announced today a series of personnel moves in its Corporate Communications Department that reflect the Company's continued growth as America's leading automotive retailer.

Joining Republic as Director, Corporate Communications, is Scott Mall, a 23-year veteran of the public relations profession who most recently served as Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Scientific Games International. He will report to Jim Donahue, Vice President for Corporate Communications. Prior to Scientific Games International, Mr. Mall was Director of Communications at The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, where among other accomplishments, he organized the PR response to several crises during the Games. He also previously ran the Atlanta office of Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations, serving clients such as BellSouth, DuPont, FMC, Hardee's and Shoney's, and he was Public Affairs Manager at the Miller Brewing Co. for nine years. Scott began his career in public relations as Congressional and Media Relations Manager for the Grocery Manufacturers of America. He also taught undergraduate PR theory at the University of Southern California.

Republic has also promoted Leslye Mundy, formerly Vice President, Auto Rental Communications, to the broader position of Vice President, Internal Communications. Ms. Mundy will play a key role in managing internal communications for Republic Industries, a Company that has seen its employee base grow from a few hundred employees in 1996 to nearly 85,000 today.

"The dramatic growth in the number of Republic Industries employees, combined with the increasing scope of our Company's business, demands that we place even greater emphasis on our internal communications programs," said Mr. Donahue.

Working with Mr. Mall and Ms. Mundy are two more hires:

    * Oscar Suris joins the Company as Manager, Corporate Communications. He comes to Republic Industries from The Miami Herald Publishing Company, where he served as Executive Assistant to the Publisher of The Miami Herald and co-led a project to re-vamp that paper's business news section. Prior to joining The Herald in 1997, Mr. Suris worked as a reporter in the Atlanta and Detroit bureaus of The Wall Street Journal, where he spent four years focused exclusively on the global auto industry, with particular emphasis on the Ford Motor Co. He was one of the first journalists to cover Republic Industries. Prior to The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Suris was a reporter at The Orlando Sentinel. He will report to Mr. Mall.
    * Valerie Buschman joins Republic as Manager, Internal Communications. Shecomes to Republic from Blockbuster Entertainment Corp., where she was Director, Corporate Communications. In that capacity, she developed and implemented internal communication strategies for the company's more than 85,000 employees worldwide. Prior to joining Blockbuster, Ms. Buschman was President of her own PR and marketing company, Buschman Associates of Miami, and she earlier served as Director of Communications for the Design Center of the Americas. She will report to Ms. Mundy.

Republic Industries, Inc. operates subsidiaries in the automotive retailing and automotive rental industries. The Company owns the nation's largest chain of new vehicle dealerships and is building a chain of used car megastores which it operates under the AutoNation USA brand name. Republic also owns National Car Rental System, Inc., Alamo Rent-A-Car, Inc. and CarTemps USA. The Company owns 63.9 percent of Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG), one of the leading providers of non-hazardous solid waste collection and disposal services in the United States.

SOURCE Republic Industries, Inc.
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