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The following are extracts from The Don of Elan
......Always on the go, entrepreneur Donald Panoz has sped
from pharmaceuticals to resorts to motor sports, leaving an expanding global
empire in his wake.......
........"I used to think Daddy was a spy," says Panoz's
daughter Donna Sparks, remembering the days when he crisscrossed Europe, Asia
and Africa on pharmaceutical business. "He wore this black leather coat, and he
flew in and out of exotic countries where the governments sometimes fell after
he had been there. I just knew he was a spy.".......
........His entrepreneurial instincts first showed when he
was posted to Japan. He noticed that the military would pick up the cost of
shipping autos to Asia with arriving servicemen but wouldn't pay the return
freight. Nobody wanted Japanese cars back then - not even the Japanese - so
Panoz bought the used American cars in Japan, sold them at a mark-up and had
less-expensive new models waiting in the States for the returning GIs.
After he was discharged, Panoz used his car-trading profits
to buy a drug store in Pittsburgh. He enrolled in the Duquesne University
pharmacy school but got so busy running the store and starting a family that he
quit when one of his credits was disallowed.
"I said to hell with it, I'll just hire a pharmacist," he
Panoz never finished college, although he continued to study
pharmacy on his own. Not having a degree didn't seem to hamper him. In 1960, he
talked several members of the Pittsburgh Pirates into investing their World
Series bonus checks in a pharmaceutical company he wanted to launch in West
Virginia. His partner was an old Army buddy, Milan Puskar, who's still chairman
of the firm they began, Mylan Laboratories.
"There's nothing college could have taught him," Puskar
says. "Don has vision, and you can't teach vision. He's not a technical person,
but he's a master salesman. He always wanted to know: Why not?"......
........It's hard to pinpoint just what Panoz considers
home. While he's an Irish citizen with residency in Bermuda, he seldom visits
those lands anymore. Nor is he an American citizen; he comes to the United
States on visas and moves on as business and whim dictate, an entrepreneurial
pinball bouncing through a world of opportunity.......
Panoz (Owner) - Background
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Jim Auchmutey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9 September
Always on the go, entrepreneur Donald Panoz has sped from
pharmaceuticals to resorts to motor sports, leaving an expanding global empire
in his wake.
Man with the millions more
A massive £50 million hotel and golf development is
being planned for St Andrews, bringing with it the prospect of 300 new jobs.
Behind the project is the American entrepreneur Dr Donald Panoz. From his home
in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr Panoz explains his proposals.
The Courier, 14 September 1998
"Hey don't tell me about last weekend's weather," drawls
Donald Panoz. "I don't want to build a hotel and golf resort where the weather
Empire of the Don - Tycoon with a Tight
Mark Padgett, Autoweek, December 1996
Out in Georgia, about an hours ride from the theater
on Peachtree Street where Gone with the Wind first flickered to life, there is
a modern-day Tara that Margaret Mitchell might have seen only in a reverie.
Covering 3300 green acres, Chateau Elan is an 18th-century French-style
confection that cost $120 million to build, and employs 600 people. It offers
several fine restaurants, spa treatments ($459 for a basic day-package of
massages. $2,299 for a six-day journey into salt glows and Vichy showers) and
three golf courses, as well as an award-winning winery. Seen from Interstate
85, as it perches imperiously on the rumpled green carpet north of Atlanta, it
is as imposing in magnitude as it is incongruous in its rural Georgia
Panoz Motor Sports - Owner
article from archive at panozauto.com
In 1997 Don Panoz decided he wanted his own racing team and
so Panoz Motor Sports was formed in Georgia. However, this was just another
chapter in his incredible life story that started 65 years ago in Spencer, West
Virginia, and includes such diverse areas as pharmaceuticals, hotel and golf
complexes and wine growing.
- A Panoz Golf-Related Complex in California
The following article gives a clear indication of the
exclusive nature of this massive development :-
A race for space more
from an article in theluxurysource.com - for the luxury
Preserved wilderness areas, parks, and greenbelts are just
some of the elements desired by high-end buyers.
"Two of the most envied amenities today in the luxury market
are open common areas and larger lots," says Keith Schneider, development
coordinator for Diablo Grande, a sprawling 33,000-acre residential/resort
community under development in Patterson, Calif.
The following news articles outline the controversy
surrounding the future development of this massive resort :-
Supervisor's Georgia Junket more
Paul, Stanislaus official accepted jet trips from Diablo
Michael G. Mooney and Ken Carlson, Modesto Bee,
California, 14 September 2003
Stanislaus County Supervisor Pat Paul spent a week last year
at a luxury hotel in Georgia owned by a developer with extensive county
business dealings and charged the bill to another county employee's credit
card. She also received gifts from the developer, Donald Panoz, builder of the
Diablo Grande golf resort in the foothills west of Patterson. The gifts
included a $200 facial and massage from the hotel spa during late March
It's past time to pull the plug on Diablo
Eric Caine, Modesto Bee, California, 25 September
It must have been a defining moment for Diablo Grande
supporters when they read of yet another starting date for construction of the
much-touted project. The latest announcement informed us that building would
begin about the middle of next year. Coming as it does on the heels of the
claim that construction would begin this past July, there shouldnt be any
more doubts about the credibility of Diablo Grande representatives, and there
have to be very grave concerns whether the project is worthy of further
The question of water more
Richard T Estrada, Modesto Bee, California, 9 September
Developers would be required to prove they have water to
support new subdivisions before building the first house under proposed
legislation that has the backing of agricultural and environmental groups.
Diablo Grande go-ahead hinges on water
John Holland, Modesto Bee, California, 27 August
The hotel at Diablo Grande could start to rise by the end
of the year, a dozen years after planning started on the hillside community
southwest of the West Side community.
Water study for Diablo Grande still
John Holland, Modesto Bee, California, 12 May
A state appellate court has rejected most of the legal
challenges to the water supply for the Diablo Grande project.
We've heard that one before more
Eric Caine, Modesto Bee, California, 6 April
Recent news that the Diablo Grande resort project is at
last out from under legal restraints (The Bee, March 9) is at best premature.
Only the latest in a decadelong series of overly optimistic announcements that
construction of the 5,000-home development is just months away, this most
recent report overlooks some crucial facts.
Diablo Grande nears final OK more
John Holland, Modesto Bee, California, 8 March
The way could be clear for construction to finally start on
the hotel and some of the 5,000 homes planned at Diablo Grande, southwest of
EPA stands firm on resort more
Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee, California, 11 September
Federal agencies bickering over proposed construction of
the Diablo Grande resort soon may move their battleground to Washington,
Resort firm sued in pollution
Andrew Murray-Watson, The Scotsman, 21 August
Campaigners fighting a controversial golf resort in St
Andrews have expressed their alarm at reports that the firm behind the
development is being sued in America for environmental damage.
Lawsuit claims Diablo Grande hurting
Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee, California, 18 July
A watchdog organization committed to improving fish habitat
has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Diablo Grande resort near
Diablo Grande changes course more
Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee, California, 2 May
Diablo Grande developers have abandoned their only viable,
potentially permanent water source approved by a judge -- but hope to
substitute a dependable source in its place.
Scots watching Diablo Grande more
Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee, California, 27 November
Some people in a rustic, windswept Scottish town
overlooking the sea suddenly have a keen interest in the bumpy ride toward
development taken by Diablo Grande in Stanislaus County's western
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