By Juliet Guerra, NADA Director of Media Relations

Today, TIME announced the nominees for the 2022 TIME Dealer of the Year award. The award, sponsored by Ally Financial, celebrates franchised new-car dealers for exceptional business performance and outstanding community service. Dealers are nominated by members of the Automotive Trade Association Executives.

A panel composed of faculty from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan chooses TIME Dealer of the Year finalists from each of the four NADA regions. The panel selects the national winner from the finalists. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 11, at the opening ceremony of NADA Show 2022 in Las Vegas.

As the award’s exclusive sponsor, Ally will contribute $1,000 to each nominee’s 501(c)3 charity of choice. Ally will also give $5,000 donations to each of the four regional finalists’ favorite charities, we well as contribute $10,000 to the charity selected by the national winner.

The 47 nominees for the 54th award are:

  • Gary Ackerman, President/Owner of Gaudin Ford (Las Vegas)
  • John Billard, Dealer Principal of Hempstead Ford Lincoln (Hempstead, N.Y.)
  • Cary Bosak, Dealer Principal of Bosak Motors Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram (Merrillville, Ind.)
  • Virginia Bowden, Dealer Principal of  McClinton Chevrolet (Parkersburg, W.Va.)
  • Steve Brown, President of Brown Motors (Petoskey, Mich.)
  • Gregg R. Ciocca, President of Ciocca Ford of Quakertown (Allentown, Pa.)
  • Jason Courter, Owner of Honda Auto Center of Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Wyndi Damato, Principal/General Manager of Fitzgerald Ford (Fitzgerald, Ga.)
  • Erik Day, CFO/Partner of Warren Henry Auto Group CFO/Partner (Davie, Fla.)
  • Winfred Dodge, Dealer of Bill Dodge Auto Group (Westbrook, Maine)
  • Wayne Evans, Owner of Prairie Motors (Stanley, N.D.)
  • Ray Fregia Jr., Owner of Courtesy Ford Lincoln (Danville, Ill.)
  • Robert “Bob” Giles, Chairman/CEO of Giles Automotive (Lafayette, La.)
  • Terry Gilmore, Principal Owner of Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac (Temecula, Calif.)
  • James Gramm, Dealer Principal of Safford CJDR Springfield (Springfield, Va.)
  • Bill Griffis, Owner of Griffis Motors (Philadelphia, Miss.)
  • Kelly Hirning, President of Hirning Buick GMC (Pocatello, Idaho)
  • Jason Hoover, Owner/Dealer Principal of Midway Motors (McPherson, Kan.)
  • Jack Kain Sr., Founder of Jack Kain Ford (Versailles, Ky.)
  • Gregg Kunes, Dealer/President/Owner of Kunes Country Ford-Lincoln (Delavan, Wis.)
  • Steven Lillestol, President of Thief River Ford, Inc. (Thief River Falls, Minn.)
  • Christopher Lindsay, President and CEO of Lindsay Chevrolet (Woodbridge, Va.)
  • Daniel Luneau, Owner/Dealer of Handy Automotive/Handy Toyota (St. Albans, Vt.)
  • Doug McElveen, Dealer/Owner of McElveen Buick GMC (Summerville, S.C.)
  • Pat McGrath, Dealer Principal of Pat McGrath Chevyland (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • David McNeill, CEO/Dealer of McNeill Chevrolet Buick Nissan of Wilkesboro (Wilkesboro, N.C.)
  • J. Douglas North, President of North Brothers Ford, Inc. (Westland, Mich.)
  • Todd C. Ouellette Sr., Dealer/Owner of Long-Lewis Ford of the Shoals (Muscle Shoals, Ala.)
  • Curtis Pascarella, Owner/President of Phillips Chevrolet (Frankfort, Ill.)
  • Tony Pierce, Dealer Principal of Snowy Mountain Motors (Lewistown, Mont.)
  • John Platek, Dealer Principal of Betley Chevrolet, Inc. (Derry, N.H.)
  • Daniel Reineke, Dealer Principal of Reineke’s Tiffin Ford Lincoln, Inc. (Tiffin, Ohio)
  • Bob Rogers, President of Bob Rogers Chevrolet (Paris, Ark.)
  • Michael Schulte, Owner of Schulte Subaru (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
  • Dennis Schworer President and Owner of Honda Cars of Bellevue (Bellevue, Neb.)
  • Robert Serpentini Jr., President of Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio)
  • Joseph Shaker, President of Wellesley Mazda (Wellesley, Mass.)
  • Robert Sickel, President of Pine Belt Chevrolet (Lakewood, N.J.)
  • Bob Siracusano, Owner of Sawyer Motors (Saugerties, N.Y.)
  • Brad Sowers, General Manager/Owner of Jim Butler Chevrolet (Fenton, Mo.)
  • Michael Stoebner, General Manager/President of Honda Windward (Kaneohe, Hawaii)
  • Annette Sykora, Partner of Smith South Plains Ford Lincoln (Levelland, Texas)
  • Joseph Thurby Jr., Dealer of Thurby’s Riverside Ford (Markleysburg, Pa.)
  • Tim Urness, Dealer Principal of C. H. Urness Motors (The Dalles, Ore.)
  • S. Mitchell Walters, President of Friendship Ford (Bristol, Tenn.)
  • Chris H. Wilson, Dealer of Wilson Motor Company (Logan, Utah)
  • Phil Winslow, Owner of Winslow BMW of Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

NADA congratulates the 2022 nominees! To learn more about each of the nominees, their philanthropic contributions and achievements, visit AllyDealerHeroes.com.

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