LAS VEGAS, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) today honored Ft. Lauderdale dealers Rick and Rita Case with the David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, named after the late AIADA Chairman and legendary St. Louis-area automobile dealer, was presented during AIADA's 42nd Annual Meeting and Luncheon in Las Vegas, Nev.
"The Cases have demonstrated a commitment to the same values as the award's namesake, Dave Mungenast. Their dedication not only to their business, but also to their community, provides an example for dealers nationwide," said AIADA President Cody Lusk.
Rick Case entered the auto industry in 1962 with a dealership in Akron, Ohio. He married Rita Manly – who was at the time a general manager at her parents' Honda dealership in northern California. Today, they own the Rick Case Automotive Group, which operates 15 dealerships in Florida, Georgia, and Ohio, including the world's largest Honda and Hyundai dealerships, located in Broward County. The auto group is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Beyond their significant industry involvement, the Cases also continue to donate their time and funds to 30 charitable causes. For 25 years, they have served on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. Together, they have raised over $50 million for the organization through events such as the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.
The Cases have been the recipient of numerous community and industry accolades, including the 2004 Sun Sentinel Business Leader of the Year Award for South Florida and the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Dave Mungenast was known by family members, employees, and those in the industry and community as their founder, mentor, employer, and friend. AIADA's board of directors accepts nominations every year to select a leader who possesses a similar community spirit and devotion to the industry. For more information on the award, visit www.AIADA.org.
SOURCE American International Automobile Dealers Association