Air Force Names Leading New Jersey Based Honda Retailer Honorary Commander

Top Honors to Recognize Michael Saporito's Contribution to America's Military Families

Jun 17, 2010, 09:40 ET from Hamilton Honda

HAMILTON, N.J., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force announced it has given its prestigious Commander status to Michael S. Saporito, founder of one of the largest Honda retailers in the world, Hamilton Honda. Saporito was presented with the honor on May 24, 2010, at McGuire Air Force Base by Major Elizabeth Clay. The exclusive recognition is given to leaders who display exceptional dedication and professional excellence to their country and community.

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Speaking to the new Honorary Commander, U.S. Air Force Colonel Gina M. Grosso said, "You were selected because you have a record of service to your community and a tradition of excellence in your profession." The award has a long tradition of honoring Americans who, in their civilian roles, fulfill the Air Force's guiding principles: Integrity First; Service Before Self; and Excellence In All We Do.

"I am humbled to be selected by the United States Air Force to serve as an Honorary Commander alongside our country's bravest," said Saporito who, as Honorary Commander, will serve with the more than 42,000 outstanding military personnel assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, home to active, reserve and Guard Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps military units.

Saporito has already assisted his comrades by creating the Military Vehicle Purchase Program for active, reserve and Guard Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps military at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. All military personnel and their families are eligible for special pricing and service through Saporito's dealership, Hamilton Honda. Saporito partnered with 5-time NFL Pro Bowler Jessie Armstead to open a 65,000 square foot dealership on 12 acres in Hamilton, which is in central New Jersey and is 15 minutes from the military base.

About Mike Saporito

Mike Saporito is an entrepreneur and 24-year-veteran of the automotive industry who has achieved a rare industry milestone by generating more than two billion dollars of automotive sales while representing Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Nissan and Lexus. Hamilton Honda, Saporito's newest Honda dealership, recently sky-rocketed into the top 10 Honda retailers in the world within one year of opening its doors. Saporito is a key supporter of the international YMCA, volunteering his time and raising funds to help further the organization's mission. Saporito also actively supports the Children's Miracle Network, Jimmy's Fund, YWCA, SKOR, and Ryan's Quest.

About Hamilton Honda

Hamilton Honda opened its 65,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Hamilton, New Jersey on May 19, 2009.  The dealership, located on a 12 acre campus in central New Jersey, was founded by Automotive Veteran Mike Saporito and 5-time NFL pro-bowler Jessie Armstead. After only one year in business, Hamilton Honda sky-rocketed into the top 10 Honda retailers in the world.  Hamilton's extraordinary growth is a result of their active community involvement and their discounted volume pricing strategy which gives consumers guaranteed low prices, free oil changes and car washes for life. New Jersey Senator Tom Goodwin recognized that "Hamilton Honda has become an important member of the New Jersey business community since in its first year, Hamilton is employing more than 100 individuals and has generated more than $90 million in sales revenue, with 4, 600 new and used cars sold and another 27,000 serviced."


SOURCE Hamilton Honda