Bill McCurley, CEO of McCurley Integrity Dealerships in the Tri-Cities, was named one of four regional finalists for the national 2013 Time Dealer of the Year award.
He was honored Saturday as one of the top dealers nationwide at the 96th National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Exposition in Orlando, Fla. The award is sponsored by Time magazine in association with Ally Financial and in cooperation with the NADA.
"This is a great honor. Out of 17,000 dealerships nationwide he was chosen one of the 57 to be considered for the award and then to make it to the top four -- we're all here extremely proud of him," said Craig Cavanaugh, general manger, sales, of McCurley stores.
To be considered, judges looked at what the candidates have done for the automotive business in their state, how they've affected economic growth in their community outside of selling vehicles and how they've contributed to the betterment of the community.
"Bill has always been 100 percent behind his employees and anything we elect to do for the community. He's always the first one to offer some kind of benefit to the community through the resources he has available to him. Bill's a very generous man," Cavanaugh said.
Some of the charities and fundraisers McCurley has helped include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Tri-City Cancer Center, FFA and 4-H groups, Junior Achievement, the Boys & Girls Club, Healed with a Kiss, the Octoberfest Food Bank-Food Drive and the Chest of Hope.
"There are so many things Bill and the company do throughout the year, not for the limelight of the moment, but knowing it's going to improve things here in the Tri-Cities and the surrounding area," Cavanaugh said.
In addition to being honored as one of the top dealers nationwide, McCurley will receive $5,000 from Ally Financial. The money is earmarked to go to a charity of McCurley's choice.
"Knowing Bill, it will likely benefit several charities in the Tri-Cities," Cavanaugh said.
This is the first time McCurley has been chosen to compete for the Time Dealer of the Year award.
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