DETROIT, Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ally Financial is pleased to announce that 49 U.S. auto dealers have been selected as nominees for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award. Now in its 48th year, this prestigious and highly coveted honor recognizes the nation's most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.
These nominees are part of a select group of dealers from across the country that will be honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans on Jan. 27, 2017. This year's nominees 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.
"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."
In its sixth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally 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, which showcases the philanthropic contributions and achievements of auto dealers doing it right by their customers and stories of their charitable outreach in local communities.
Including the 2017 charitable grants pledged to this group of nominees, Ally will 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.
Past 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. Along with the help of Ally grant funds, these dealers have helped make a difference by ensuring local organizations can continue to serve their local communities.
For a list of all 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year nominees, click here.
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About Ally Financial Inc.
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally's legacy dates back to 1919, and the company was redesigned in 2009 with a distinctive brand, innovative approach and relentless focus on its customers. Ally has an award-winning online bank (Ally Bank Member FDIC), one of the largest full service auto finance operations in the country, a complementary auto-focused insurance business, a growing digital wealth management and online brokerage platform, and a trusted corporate finance business offering capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.
Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) is one of the world's leading media companies, with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.
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