NORTH BETHESDA, Md., May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A humble man who credits his success and prosperity to helping the underprivileged and underrepresented citizens of our communities. This is how Linda Plummer, President of the NAACP Montgomery County MD Unit, describes Jack Fitzgerald, founder and CEO of Fitzgerald Auto Malls. Fitzgerald was recently recognized and awarded the NAACP's Presidential Humanitarian award.
"The NAACP's Presidential Humanitarian award is given to a person who has consistently exhibited the concern for community residents versus the commonly recognized actions of those who represent the entities of 'power and prestige'," states Linda Plummer. "We salute Mr. Fitzgerald's contributions to public safety, responsible consumer access, exposing youth to workplace environments and providing the renowned "FitzWay" business practices."
For 50 years, Fitzgerald Auto Malls has been one of Maryland's leading car dealers and consumer advocates. Fitzgerald's leadership has advanced a number of industry standards. He has always stressed the importance of consumer education and supported efforts to strengthen local laws to protect consumers. Fitzgerald's business practices have also demonstrated an unwavering commitment to passenger safety and environmental responsibility.
Fitzgerald is a staunch advocate for Child Passenger Safety, having worked to protect more than 47,000 children in car seats. FitzMall created a model public/private partnership that works to educate parents and caregivers about child safety seats and how to properly install them. He and his dealerships have won the National Capital Business Ethics Award, Community Leadership Awards, and endless recognition for consumer advocate safety and environmental awareness.
FitzMall acts responsibly to reduce carbon emissions and promoting sustainability. They are committed to green energy on a variety of fronts. The dealership in Germantown, MD is Gold LEED Certified—the only auto dealership with this certification east of the Mississippi. They were the first auto group to be a part of the EPA Green Power Partnership by purchasing all electricity to run every dealership from green sources.
"I am extremely humbled and surprised to receive this award, which was kept a secret from me," explains Jack Fitzgerald. "The Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP works too hard to improve and ensure equality of rights of all persons for economic sustainability, education, health, and public safety. And I am proud that our Fitzgerald Auto Mall family makes every effort to improve our influence in our communities, on the environment, and in our industry. Our philosophy of doing things the "FitzWay" entails treating everyone with honesty, respect, and dignity, dealing in good faith, and creating ways to be better at what we do."
Jack Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Auto Malls were deservingly recognized for their leadership, innovation, and service to our communities. A wealth of consumer and environmental information can be found at www.FitzMall.com.
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