HUNTINGTON, WV - On Thursday, Ally Auto announced it's 2014 nominees for the prestigious TIME Dealer of the Year Award. Among the nominees were 2 local dealers here in the Tri-State: Andrew Glockner of Glockner Auto Group and William Cole of Bill Cole Automotive.
The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers in the U.S. who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service, according to timedealeroftheyear.com. Dealers are nominated by members of the ATAE (Automotive Trade Association Executives). The winner of the award will be announced at the NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) held in New Orleans January 25, 2014.
ABOUT THE NOMINEES...
Glockner's keen business sense was recognized by Ohio Governor John Kasich who appointed him as a private citizen representative in 2010 to work with the Scioto County and state auditor's office to create an action plan to reestablish economic growth and stability in the area, which they have succeeded in achieving.
He has devoted his time and talent to the Boys Scouts of America, where he has worked with young people and served as finance committee chairman. "The Boy Scouts have produced and continue to produce great leaders for our communities and our country," he explained. "The values instilled in these young men are essential in developing future leaders and stewards of this country."
His charitable efforts extend beyond the nation's borders, as he established and funded a loan program to help capitalize start-up businesses in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, after visiting the area on a mission trip with his wife and daughter in 2012. "I have currently funded 23 small business loans with plans to fund four to six new loans every month," he said.
In addition, the Glockner Family Foundation funds community service projects such as church and school programs, food pantries, social services and autism projects. He supports the American Red Cross, United Way and many other groups. Glockner added, "This business has allowed me to become well connected in our community and has given me the ability to support many charities and worthwhile causes."
Cole's goal-oriented personality was forged at an early age, as he achieved Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting, at age 13. In business or in the community, he remains purpose driven and contributes his talents to many civic and charitable causes. He was elected to the West Virginia Senate in November 2012 and served as a member of the Senate's Committee on Education, which modified and passed needed reforms to the state's public education system to improve efficiency and student achievement.
Cole supports many local programs, including the Children's Home Society, a child welfare organization; Wreaths Across America, which honors the nation's veterans; The First Tee, which teaches life skills and values to youth; local cancer societies; and the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business, which was named after his father at Bluefield State College. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and has received an Outstanding Alumni award from Northwood University.