ASHLAND, Ore., Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Chuck Butler, co-founder and president of Butler Automotive Group, is one of 49 U.S. auto dealers nominated by TIME Magazine, in partnership with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) for the prestigious 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award. The award, in its 48th year, is an annual celebration of the finest representatives in the automotive industry – auto dealers with a relentlessly charitable spirit.
The nominees will be honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans on Jan. 27, 2017. They will be welcomed by Meredith Long, senior vice president and general manager of news and luxury at TIME, and Tim Russi, president of auto finance at Ally.
According to TIMEdealeroftheyear.com website, "TIME, Ally, and NADA honor outstanding new-car dealers across America and their unyielding commitment to improving their communities."
Tim Russi, president of auto finance at Ally, spoke to the caliber of this year's nominees. "A remarkable group of dealers have been nominated for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award," said Russi. "We are honored to acknowledge these dealers that 'do it right' in their businesses and communities every day, and we are excited to recognize their achievements at the NADA convention in January."
"I am very honored by this nomination, and I especially appreciate the Oregon Automobile Dealer Association (OADA) for their recommendation to TIME, Ally and NADA for this prestigious nomination," said Chuck Butler. "I'm humbled to be among this particular group of peers who are as committed to supporting projects in their communities as we are at Butler Automotive Group."
In its sixth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally Financial will recognize the 2017 nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each dealer's 501(c)(3) charity of choice. The nominees will also be highlighted on AllyDealerHeroes.com.
Including the 2017 charitable grants pledged to this group of nominees, Ally would have committed nearly $480,000 as part of the TIME Dealer of the Year program. In previous years, nominee grants have supported various local community organizations, including educational programs, cultural offerings, youth athletic leagues, and local nonprofits.
Previous winners have included Kitty Van Bortel of Van Bortel Motorcars in Rochester, N.Y., Andy Crews of AutoFair Honda in Manchester, N.H., Jeff Teague of Teague Auto Group in El Dorado, Ark., Michael Alford of Marine Chevrolet in Jacksonville, N.C. and Mike Shaw of Mike Shaw Automotive Group in Denver, Colo.
About Butler Automotive Group
Founded in 1976, Butler Automotive Group is comprised of four dealerships owned and operated by Chuck and Linda Butler and Managing Partner Warren Cooper. Butler Ford, Butler Acura, Butler Hyundai, Butler Kia, and the Butler collision repair shop, rental agency, and service centers employ over 120 people at their locations in Ashland and Medford. The Butler family of dealerships supports over 35 local community organizations, as well as nationally recognized organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
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