Monday, February 10, 2014

TIME has a "Dealer of the Year" award, the winner and finalists for 2013

Jeff Teague of Teague Ford Lincoln in El Dorado, Ark. has been selected as the 2014 TIME Dealer of the Year. Here's why:

Teague was selected from an elite group of 56 U.S. dealers who were recognized at the 97th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition in New Orleans, La.

"This award recognizes the best of the nation's dealers, not only for their business successes, but for their extraordinary commitment in giving back to their local communities," said Tim Russi.

The three regional finalists for the 2014 TIME Dealer of the Year award are Greg Kaminsky of Toyota of El Cajon in El Cajon, Calif. (I'm pretty impressed with my local (15 minutes away) nominee, he earned the BBB award for workplace ethics (only dealership in San Diego to do so) and has his dealership hosts blood drives)

 David Luther of Luther Westside Volkswagen in St. Louis Park, Minn.(The Luther family has generously supported many organizations, including Mn Adult & Teen Challenge (addiction recovery), N.C. Little Memorial Hospice, Gilda's Club, Metro Hope Ministries (recovery center), Angel Foundation (aiding cancer patients), Make-A-Wish, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and World Vision.)

 and Marisa Shockley of Shockley Honda in Frederick, Md. ( by hosting numerous events at her dealership, making financial contributions and serving in leadership roles for a host of charities and philanthropic groups. Examples of successful on-site events at the dealership include: Bras for a Cause which raised $16,000 for breast cancer research; on-site pet adoptions; free rabies and micro-chip clinics; free ASL classes; Toys for Tots drop-off; child safety seat inspection days; winter coat drive; and a holiday bazaar to showcase the works of local craftspeople.)