Jim Hudson, founder and principal of Jim Hudson Automotive Group, has received the Order of the Palmetto from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The award is considered to be the highest civilian honor, which recognizes a persons lifetime achievements and contributions to South Carolina. Hudsons successful automotive dealerships have received several awards throughout the years. In addition, his Columbia Lexus dealership ranked No. 1 or 2 in the nation for customer satisfaction from 2001-2010.