Rick Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers in Norcross, Ga., was named 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year—a national award that recognizes commercial-truck dealers for business performance, industry and civic leadership and community service.
“I’m very humbled and honored to receive the award. It’s a great tribute to my family and the employees of Peach State Truck Centers,” Reynolds said. “Additionally, it’s a meaningful honor to the memory of my dad and brother, my former partners in the business, who passed away recently.”
The dealership group includes 11 sales and service and parts facilities with 600 employees in Georgia and Alabama representing Freightliner Trucks, Western Star, Ford Commercial Trucks, Mitsubishi Fuso, Sprinter Vans, Thomas Built Buses and Autocar.
John Arscott, CEO of The Pete Store in Baltimore, Md., was named runner-up. He operates 15 dealership locations in seven states, which include Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The national Truck Dealer of the Year award is sponsored by ATD, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and Procede Software.
The other nominees were Joseph Alosa, Sr., president and CEO of New England Kenworth in Concord, N.H.; Mark Bergey, president of Bergey’s Truck Centers in Souderton, Pa.; Jon Vandehey, president/CEO of Mid-State Truck Service in Marshfield, Wis.; Lee White, II, president of Old River Companies in South Richland, Miss.; and Craig Young, president of Young Truck Sales in Canton, Ohio.
The nominees were selected by ATD board members and dealer association executives. Professors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Ind., will evaluate the nominees based on dealership performance, industry leadership, civic contributions and community service.
The ATD Show runs concurrently with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show in Las Vegas from March 22-25.
ATD, a division of NADA, represents more than 1,800 medium- and heavy-duty truck dealerships.