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Northwood Honors Dealer Education Awardees

January 8, 2019

Northwood University announced its Dealer Education Award recipients, to be awarded at the National Automobile Dealers Association Annual Convention January 26, 2019.

Annually, Northwood recognizes owners and dealer principals in the automotive industry who have made noteworthy contributions to education and contributions to their communities.

“Northwood University has been recognizing dealers around the world with the Dealer Education Award since 1972,” said Keith Pretty, President and CEO of Northwood. “We are proud of this newest class of honorees, and believe this year’s recipients are excellent role models for tomorrow’s automotive industry leaders.”

The 2018 honorees include:

  • Christopher Lindsay, Lindsay Automotive Group, Alexandria, Virginia

  • James L. McNatt, Cole McNatt Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Gainesville, Texas

  • Rhett C. Ricart, Ricart Automotive Group, Groveport, Ohio

  • James E. Riehl, Jr., Friendly Automotive Group, Inc., Clinton Township, Michigan

  • Craig T. Whetter, Wilson Automotive Group, Orange, California

  • Randolph J. Wise, Randy Wise Automotive, Flint, Michigan

Northwood offers two distinct automotive business majors, and Northwood students enrolled in automotive marketing and management will present the awards to the honorees. Riehl and Whetter are also alumni of the automotive marketing and management program at Northwood.

“This award is about dedication to education and professional development in the industry, and we can think of no better way to provide that example to our students,” Pretty said. “Students will gain hands-on experience and exposure to some of the most successful dealers in the industry, while networking and exploring internships and career opportunities as they attend the NADA Conference.”

The awards are presented at a breakfast at the NADA Convention on Saturday, January 26 at the Marriot San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco, California.

Media are invited to attend, please email  to confirm attendance. Additional biographical information and images available upon request.

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