Four Northwood University alumni are nominated for the coveted title of TIME Dealer of the Year.
“These automotive leaders of today are an inspiration to all our students — students who fulfill Northwood’s mission by becoming transformative leaders who drive social and economic progress,” said Elgie Bright, associate professor and Automotive Marketing/Management Department chair. “We are exceedingly proud of these accomplished alumni and thank them for being strong examples of high achievement and free enterprise.”
The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service.
Dealers are nominated by members of the ATAE (Automotive Trade Association Executives) and the winner is acknowledged during the opening ceremony of the annual National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA) Show. All nominees are included in the TIME Dealer of the Year photo display at the convention center, and TIME and Ally Financial are proud to continue the celebration throughout the year.
The nominees with ties to Northwood University are:
Steve Brown, Brown Motors Inc., of Petoskey, Michigan, a 1973 Northwood graduate – Automotive Marketing
Gregg Kunes, Kunes Ford Lincoln of Delavan, Delavan, Wisconsin, an Automotive Marketing student from 1974-75.
Daniel Reineke, Reineke Family Dealerships, Tiffin, Ohio, a 1986 Northwood graduate – Automotive Marketing
S. Mitchell Walters, Friendship Ford of Bristol, Bristol, Tennessee, a 1976 Northwood graduate – Automotive Marketing