A select group of franchised dealers are in the running for one of the industry’s most prestigious honors.
TIME and Ally Financial on Tuesday announced the nomination of 49 exceptional dealers for the TIME Dealer of the Year Award, recognizing them for their business success and dedication to giving back.
Chosen from nearly 17,000 franchised dealers nationwide, the dealers nominated for this significant award have demonstrated strong business acumen and a steadfast commitment to their communities. The honorees will be recognized by Ally and TIME at the 103rd annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show in Las Vegas on Feb. 15 during a formal ceremony where the national winner will be announced.
“The award applauds the incredible effort each of these dealers puts into their businesses and their communities,” said Doug Timmerman, president of Auto Finance at Ally. “They are influential business leaders and admired ambassadors for worthy causes. It’s an honor for Ally to recognize their generosity and impact in cities and towns across America.”
In its ninth year as the exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize the dealer nominees and their many community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s 501(c)3 charity of choice. The finalists for the award will receive an additional $5,000 for their favorite charities and the winner will receive an additional $10,000 to give to charity.
Nominated by executives from state and metro dealer associations throughout the country, each nominee represents their respective association in the national competition. The awards are sponsored by TIME in partnership with Ally and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.
A list of the dealers in the running for this award is available below. To learn more about each of the 49 nominees, go to AllyDealerHeroes.com.
TIME Dealer of the Year Nominees
Edward Babcock, Junction Auto Family, Chardon, Ohio
Tommy Baker, Baker Motor Co., Charleston, S.C.
Winstead Paine Bone, Wilson County Motors, Lebanon, Tenn.
Steven Brimhall, The Minnesota Motor Co., Fergus Falls, Minn.
Steve Brown, Frank Leta Acura, St. Louis
Jim Buzzetta, Mercedes-Benz of Huntington, Huntington, N.Y.
Donald Cavenaugh, Cavenaugh Ford Lincoln, Jonesboro, Ark.
Colleen Chapleski, Dean Arbour Ford of Tawas, Tawas City, Mich.
Raymond Ciccolo, Boston Volvo Cars, Boston
Jim Coleman, Jim Coleman Toyota, Bethesda, Md.
David Cuene, Broadway Automotive Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisc.
Terry D’Arcy, D’Arcy Buick GMC Truck, Joliet, Ill.
David Daunhauer, Byerly Ford, Louisville, Ky.
Jacqueline De Luz, Big Island Toyota, Hilo, Hawaii
George Doetsch III, Apple Ford Lincoln, Columbia, Md,
John Ernst, Ernst Toyota, Columbus, Neb.
William Farrell, Berglund Luxury Roanoke, Roanoke, Va.
Fletcher Flower, Flower Motor Co., Montrose, Colo.
Paul Gaudet, AutoServ Dealerships, Tilton, N.H.
Stacey Gillman, Gillman Subaru, Houston
Bill Golling, Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Jeffrey Haraden, Mohawk Honda, Scotia, N.Y.
Eric Henricksen, Don Aadsen Ford, Ronan, Mont.
David Kelleher, David Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Glen Mills, Pa.
Steve Klein, Klein Honda, Everett, Wash.
Doug Knust, Harry K Ford Store, Winner, S.D.
Christian Kostelecky, Sax Motor Co., Dickinson, N.D.
Lawrence Kull, Burns Honda, Marlton, N.J.
Ken Marks, Tallahassee Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Tallahassee, Fla.
Walt Massey, Walt Massey Chevrolet Buick GMC, Lucedale, Miss.
Greg Maurer, Dale Willey Automotive, Lawrence, Kan.
Tom Miller, Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Greenwood, Ind.
Susan Moffitt, Porsche Shreveport, Shreveport, La.
Steven Olliges, Team Ford Lincoln, Las Vegas
Diana Pfeiffer, Alaska Sales and Service – Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
Mark Porter, Mark Porter Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pomeroy, Ohio
Dan Roesch, Larry Roesch Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Elmhurst, Ill.
Paul Rusnak, Mercedes Benz of Arcadia, Arcadia, Calif.
William Strickland, Bellamy-Strickland Chevrolet Buick GMC, McDonough, Ga.
Bradford Strong, Strong Volkswagen, Salt Lake City
Eric Stuteville, Stuteville Chevrolet of Durant, Durant, Okla.
Howard Tenenbaum, Keyes Toyota, Van Nuys, Calif.
Wally Thornhill, Thornhill GM Superstore, Chapmanville, W. Va.
Natalie Tindol, Tindol Ford Roush, Gastonia, N.C.
Brian Tyrrell, Tyrrell Chevrolet Co., Cheyenne, Wyo.
Santosh Viswanathan, Willis Ford, Smyrna, Del.
Ronnie Watkins, Ronnie Watkins Ford, Gadsden, Ala.
Richard Willis, Willis Lexus, Des Moines, Iowa
Greg Wills, Wills Toyota, Twin Falls, Idaho