Ford Selects Six Dealers For 2014 Salute To Dealers Awards

According to the Ford Motor Company’s annual Survey on Dealer Giving, Ford and Lincoln dealers gave roughly $89 million to local causes and nonprofits in communities across the U.S. in 2013. The survey was administered by Ford to coincide with the 14th annual Salute to Dealers awards at the 2014 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention in New Orleans.

To note, the Salute to Dealers awards were launched in 2001 to recognize dealers who Go Further when it comes to giving back to communities in which they live and work, and demonstrate Ford’s commitment to its thousands of dealer principals who step beyond their showroom doors to make a difference. This year, six dealers were selected from among more than 8,500 Ford Motor Company dealers worldwide.

Additionally, the 96 dealers who responded to Ford’s Survey on Dealer Giving said that they give money to local causes. Of those, 86 percent volunteer time to local causes, 92 percent want to make a difference in their communities, and 69 percent support local causes as a dealership tradition. Ford and Lincoln dealers also said that they volunteer a combined total of 654,240 hours a year, a circumstance that’s been of great help towards local charities, many of which have reported budget and staff shortages.

According to the Ford survey, “dealers give to causes that address a broad range of community needs, from children’s charities to the environment, from education and health care to parks, municipal services, and disaster relief.” Of those, children’s causes top the list with over 93 percent of dealers donating both time and money, followed by education and scholarships, with 78 percent of dealers contributing; religious-driven causes attract 69 percent of dealers, while hunger relief is a favorite cause for 53 percent and veterans for 51 percent of Ford and Lincoln dealers.

The winners of the 2014 Salute to Dealers were selected from a total of 81 nominees globally, including those in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Europe, Asia Pacific, Caribbean and Central America, Africa and the Middle East regions. Winners include”:

  • Divonsir Bastos Cardoso, Autoeste Veículos; Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil
  • Cam Clark, Cam Clark Ford Lincoln; Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
  • Sujeet Singh Gehlot, Gehlot Ford; Ajmer District, India
  • William Kindle, Kindle Ford Lincoln; Cape May Court House, New Jersey, United States
  • Randy Nehring, Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
  • Randall Reed, Randall Reed’s Planet Ford; Humble, Texas, United States

A painted portrait of each honoree features a montage of philanthropic and volunteer activities that led to the award. Duplicates of the portraits will join a Salute to Dealers display in the lobby of Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

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