Tauber faculty select 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year

December 18, 2018

ANN ARBOR, MI  — Fifty-one new car dealers - out of more than 16,000 dealers nationwide - are nominated for the prestigious 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year Award. A panel of Tauber Institute business and engineering faculty have selected finalists from each of the four National Automobile Dealers Association regions, as well as the national award winner for the 50th annual presentation of the award. The nominees will be honored - and the national winner announced - on January 25 at the 102nd annual National Automobile Dealers Association Show in San Francisco. In appreciation of the Tauber Institute's expertise, TIME and Ally have established an annual scholarship for Tauber Institute students.

Meet the 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year Nominees.

The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service. Dealers are nominated for the award by members of the Automotive Trade Association Executives. The Tauber Institute faculty panel then evaluates the competitors both on the business practices in their dealerships and on their contribution to their community. Judging criteria for the business component include customer satisfaction; personnel competence, training, attitude and record of service; financial status; ethics; new-car sales record; used-car sales record; service sales record; share of market; customer satisfaction; physical plant and facilities; and dealer association participation. Judging criteria for the community component are service to community and humanity; civic, political and educational activities; and additional contributions to benefit others.

About Tauber Institute for Global Operations

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, and 30 industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. In addition to a broad array of core and elective courses, the innovative LeadershipAdvantage Program provides students with the tools to ascend to major operations leadership roles. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings. The students, with faculty support, work at a company site to address substantive operations, supply chain and/or manufacturing challenges. These teams are exceptionally successful at solving problems that benefit company sponsors - operationally and strategically. Visit www.tauber.umich.edu to learn more.

Theresa Ceccarelli, 734-647-0308, tceccare@umich.edu