Tauber Institute faculty select the 2023 TIME Dealer of the Year

Ann Arbor, MI - Tauber Institute for Global Operations faculty selected Gary Rome, owner of Gary Rome Hyundai, in Holyoke, MA., as the 54th TIME Dealer of the Year. The TIME Dealer of the Year program new-car dealers who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service.

Read the Press Release here.

History of the TIME Dealer of the Year Award

TIME Dealer of the Year Rome says, “It’s amazing to me that I get to receive this honor for doing something I love doing day in and day out,” says Rome.

“It’s more about our team and what they do every single day to support this. We pick charities and initiatives that they are invested in. It’s so much more about writing a check; it’s about being actively involved."

Rome received the prestigious award at the 2023 National Automobile Dealers Association show on January 26-29, 2023. The award is presented by TIME in partnership with Ally "to celebrate the many ways auto dealer doing it right in their industry and giving back with extraordinary contributions to their community."

Jessica Sibley, CEO of TIME, and Doug Timmerman, president of Ally Auto, announced Rome as the winner at the ceremony in Dallas that honored all 48 nominees. Rome was chosen from a field of nearly 16,000 franchised dealers across the country.

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 2023 TIME Dealer of the Year Winner, Finalists, and Nominees:

2023 TIME Dealer of the Year 
Gary Rome
Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke, Ma.

2023 TIME Dealer of the Year Regional Finalists:

  • Mark Brickey, dealer of Sand Mountain Toyota (Albertville, Ala.)
  • Bruce Daniels, director of operations for Honda of Marysville (Marysville, Ohio)
  • Tim Hutcherson, president/general manager of Downey Nissan (Downey, Calif.)

Meet all the 2023 TIME Dealer of the Year Nominees.

View event photos here >

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 Michigan Engineering, working with 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 sponsoring company to address substantive operations, supply chain and/or manufacturing challenges. Visit www.tauber.umich.edu to learn more.

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