New Jersey Car Dealer Rick DeSilva Jr. named TIME Dealer of the Year 2021
The New Jersey-The area dealer’s continued charitable work, especially during the unprecedented challenges of the past year, has earned DeSilva the top award in the auto dealership industry. Among DeSilva’s most recent community service efforts has been his involvement as vice president of the Mahwah Board of Education in planning the safe return of students and staff to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSilva was chosen from a group of nearly 17,000 franchise dealers across the country, 40 of which were on the nominees list.
Doug Timmerman, president of auto finance at Ally, and Viktoria DegtarTIME’s chief revenue officer announced DeSilva as the winner in a virtual ceremony honoring all nominated dealers. Timmerman noted, “America’s auto dealers have led the way, in their communities and throughout the auto industry, during an incredibly difficult year. communities. “
In addition to DeSilva, four dealers were recognized as TIME Dealer of the Year finalists:
- Christine Alicandro-Karnolt, Marty’s Buick GMC, Kingston, Massachusetts
- Timothée Crenwelge, Crenwelge Engines, Kerrville, Texas
- Michael molstead, Mike Molstead Motors, Inc., Charles City, Iowa
- Christina dawkins, Co’s BMW Center, Loveland, Colorado
Ally, exclusive sponsor of the TIME Dealer of the Year Award, will present $ 10,000 to the charity of DeSilva’s choice. Ally will also donate $ 5,000 to each of the non-profit organizations selected by the four finalists and Jim appleton, president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, which nominated DeSilva for the award, will also select a charitable recipient. In recognition of their accomplishments and generosity, Ally also donated $ 1,000 to the charities of choice for each of the 40 nominees. For more information on each of the nominees, please visit www.AllyDealerHeroes.com.
DeSilva’s journey to becoming TIME Dealer of the Year
DeSilva, graduated in 1993 from Mahwah High School in Mahwah, New Jersey, obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, in 1997. He always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and run a car dealership. After college, DeSilva entered a management training program with Toyota Motor Sales, United States, learn about customer service, sales and fixed operations. This experience will be invaluable to him when he returns to the family business in 2003 to open Liberty Hyundai in Mahwah with his father and brother. Today, the Liberty family of dealers also includes Freedom Kia in Ramsey, New Jersey, and Genesis of Mahwah.
DeSilva is an active member of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, having served on the association’s board of directors since 2008 and as president in 2017.
Recipient of the Subaru Love Promise Customer & Community Commitment Award since the inception of the program, the DeSilva dealer hosts annual pet adoption events and has supported Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon; New Jersey Special Olympics Torch Race; Jersey Cares Coat Drive; the Valérie Fund (helping children with cancer and blood disorders); Ramapo College Foundation; Conference on the New York-New Jersey Trail; Bergen Highlands Ramsey Rotary Gift of Life, among other organizations.
DeSilva is committed to promoting better education in its community. He was elected to Mahwah Board of Education in 2012 and continues to serve, currently as Senior Vice President. During DeSilva’s time with the group, he successfully hired superintendents, expanded bus service to underserved areas, and improved facilities, including the creation of a new STEAM. [science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics] center.
The winner and finalists for TIME Dealer of the Year were chosen by a panel of professors from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at University of Michigan. Dealerships are nominated for the award by executives of national and regional automotive trade associations.
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