Northwood to Honor Eight with Dealer Education Awards

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The dealers are recognized for their individual contributions and efforts to improve education at all levels.

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will honor eight automobile dealers from across the United States, Germany and The Netherlands with its annual Dealer Education Awards. The dealers are recognized for their individual contributions and efforts to improve education at all levels.

Since 1972, Northwood has recognized individuals in the automotive marketing field who have made noteworthy contributions to public or private education inside or outside of the industry. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention to be held this year in Orlando, FL.

The awards will be presented at a special breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2013, in the Grande Ballroom A/B at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL, for students, alumni and friends of the University.

“We have been recognizing outstanding dealers for 42 years and there has never been a time when their contributions have meant more to their communities than they do today,” said Keith A. Pretty, president and CEO of Northwood University. “These leaders have made outstanding sacrifices of time and resources. We are proud of all the Dealer Education Award winners and commend them for their leadership.”

Those being honored are:  John R. Darvish, Jr., vice president, DARCARS Lexus, Silver Spring, MD; Francois Driessen, managing director, Driessen Autogroep, The Netherlands; Gerald L. Mullinax, president, Mullinax Ford, Apopka, FL; Frederick W. Rentschler, co-owner, Rentschler Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram and Rentschler Chevrolet, Slatington, PA; Alexandra J. Schmid, Co-CEO, Autohaus Schmid GmbH & Co. KG, Germany; Robert R. Shuman, president, Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram, Walled Lake, MI; Wally L. Thornhill, president; Thornhill Automotive Group, Chapmanville, WV; James E. Waldron, president, Jim Waldron Buick-GMC Truck, Davison, MI.

John R. Darvish, Jr.

John R. Darvish, Jr.

Francois Driessen

Francois Driessen

Gerald L. Mullinax

Gerald L. Mullinax

Frederick W. Rentschler

Frederick W. Rentschler

Alexandra J. Schmid

Alexandra J. Schmid

Robert R. Shuman

Robert R. Shuman

Wally L. Thornhill

Wally L. Thornhill

James E. Waldron

James E. Waldron



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Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.