"These 15 award winners represent our best dealers in the country and they all stand for an outstanding overall performance in 2006," said Tom LaSorda. "Our 'best of the best' make us all winners -- and ultimately the biggest winner is the Chrysler Group customer who benefits from operational excellence and top service at the dealership."
National Dealer and Manager of the Year winners were chosen from the three respective regional finalists from each of the Chrysler Group's eight Business Centers throughout the U.S. In each of five categories individual winners from a Dodge, Chrysler Jeep(R) and Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership were recognized for their performance and overall results in 2006.
2006 National Dealer of the Year and Manager of the Year Award winners are:
Dealer of the Year (Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge):
Jerry Ulm, Jerry Ulm Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, Tampa, Fla.
Dealer of the Year (Chrysler Jeep):
Frank Gerenser III, Brown-Daub, Inc., Easton, Pa.
Dealer of the Year (Dodge):
Carlos Hidalgo, Folsom Lake Dodge, Folsom, Calif.
Finance Manager of the Year (CJD):
Trish Myers, Stallings Motors, Inc., Cairo, Ga.
Finance Manager of the Year (CJ):
Mahmoud Shawish, Tarbox Motors, Inc., North Kingstown, R.I.
Finance Manager of the Year (D):
Lloyd Foulds, Waldorf Dodge, Waldorf, Md.
Parts Manager of the Year (CJD):
Paul W. Berra Sr., Dave Croft Motors, Inc., Collinsville, Ill.
Parts Manager of the Year (CJ):
Ronnie Bauwens, Ingram Park Chrysler-Jeep, San Antonio, Texas
Parts Manager of the Year (D):
Angela Del Costello, Schaefer & Strohminger Dodge White Marsh, White Marsh, Md.
Sales Manager of the Year (CJD):
Lance W. Williams, Bruner Motors, Inc., Stephenville, Texas
Sales Manager of the Year (CJ):
Frederick Royce, Tarbox Motors, Inc., North Kingstown, R.I.
Sales Manager of the Year (D):
Diane Authement, Southland Dodge-Chrysler, Inc., Houma, La.
Service Manager of the Year (CJD):
Tom Moore, Dave Croft Motors, Inc., Collinsville, Ill.
Service Manager of the Year (CJ):
George Rocchino, Brown-Daub, Inc., Easton, Pa.
Service Manager of the Year (D):
Aaron Levin, Dodge of Antioch, Inc., Antioch, Ill.
All winners were determined by their 2006 performance against objective measurements that are evaluated through Chrysler Group's Dealer Scorecard. The award ceremony was attended by 24 dealers and 96 managers from across the country. Hosts Tom LaSorda and Steven Landry were joined by a Chrysler Group Executive team including Chris Cortez, Senior Vice President - Global Service and Parts, George Murphy, Senior Vice President - Global Marketing, and Pat Milantoni, Vice President - Chrysler Brands Sales for Chrysler Financial.
Source: Chrysler Group