Robert Baker, president of Bob Baker Auto Group in San Diego, was named alumnus of the year by Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. The award honors an individual who has set a high standard in his profession for citizenship, volunteerism and philanthropy. Bob Baker Auto Group is No. 91 on the Automotive News list of the top 125 dealership groups in the United States, with retail sales of 8,315 new vehicles in 2006.
25 with FordPaul Umdenstock, right, of Big Valley Ford in Stockton, Calif., receives a 25-year award for Ford from Mark Wexler, Ford-Lincoln-Mercury San Francisco regional sales manager.
30 with MazdaTaylor Weisleder, left, of Weisleder Mazda in Bricktown, N.J., received a 30-year award for Mazda from Mazda North American Operations. At right is Jeff Bamond, the dealership's general manager.
50 with ChevroletBill Rasmussen of Rasmussen Chevrolet in Mattoon, Ill., receives a 50-year award for Chevrolet. Pictured, from left, are Mark Picker, Chevrolet's central Illinois zone manager; Bill Rasmussen, dealer owner; and Bill Rasmussen III, dealer operator. The elder Rasmussen is a former chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
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