The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment their customers, charities and their communities at large.
Andy Crews, CEO of AutoFair was chosen to represent the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition — one of only 55 auto dealers from 17,000 nationwide – nominated for the 46th annual award. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan selects one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.
The TIME Dealer of the Year Award has been called
the most prestigious honor a new-car dealer can receive.
The announcement of this year’s national TIME Dealer of the Year and finalists was made by Mark Ellis, senior vice president corporate sales, Time Inc., and Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial, at the formal opening of the convention, which was expected to draw more than 20,000 individuals involved in the automobile industry.
“The dealers nominated for this award are incredible business owners, but also incredible advocates for giving back to their local communities,” Russi said. “Ally is continually inspired by their stories of giving and their love for this business, and we are proud to honor 2015 winner Andy Crews, along with this year’s finalists, for this well-deserved award.”
The AutoFair commitment to the community is well known . A few years ago, his team began donating proceeds of auto sales to New Horizons of New Hampshire, a Homeless shelter in Manchester that provides food and shelter to those in need, and offer supportive services to achieve self-sufficiency, during the entire month of November and into Thanksgiving. “Over the years, we have raised tens of thousands of dollars and fed many people who would not have had a holiday meal,” he said.
Education is also at the forefront of AutoFair’s charitable initiatives, working with the mayor of Manchester, NH to create the Make the Grade program, which helps motivate high school seniors to get better grades for a chance to win a car.
Andy Crews also lends his expertise on the boards of numerous organizations, including the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Live Free or Die Alliance, as well as regularly supporting a host of charities, from New Hampshire Food Bank to Boys & Girls Clubs to the Manchester Animal Shelter to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD).
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please visit TIME Magazine’s 2015 Dealer of the year.