Tauber faculty select Dealer of the Year

January 25, 2019

Ann Arbor, MI - Tauber Institute for Global Operations faculty selected John Alfirevich of Apple Chevrolet in Tinley Park, IL as the 50th TIME Dealer of the Year. The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service.

Alfirevich received the prestigious award at the 102nd annual National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco. The award was presented by TIME in partnership with Ally "to celebrate the many ways auto dealers are doing it right in their industry and giving back with extraordinary contributions to their community."

Fifty-one new car dealers - out of more than 16,000 dealers nationwide - were nominated for the 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year award. A faculty panel from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan evaluated the nominees, then selected four regional finalists and the national award winner. In appreciation, TIME and Ally have established an annual scholarship for the Tauber Institute's business and engineering graduate students.

Meet the 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year Winner, Finalists, and Nominees:

2019 TIME Dealer of the Year:   
John Alfirevich
Apple Chevrolet | Tinley Park, IL

2019 TIME Dealer of the Year Finalists:
Eric Nielsen
Nielsen Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram LLC | East Hanover, NJ
Frank Hug, Jr.
Hug Chevrolet Buick GMC | Charleston, AR
Ryan LaFontaine
LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC | Highland, MI
John Kendall Garff
Ken Garff Honda Downtown | Salt Lake City, UT

Meet the 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year Nominees.

View photos from the event.

About the 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