Automotive News Best Dealerships to Work For awards ceremony
Automotive News celebrated the 100 Best Dealerships To Work For at an event last week in Chicago. The half-day conference and evening awards program, held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, below, attracted more than 350 participants and included a panel discussion and keynote speeches. The dealerships were honored at a gala dinner that evening. PHOTOS: JOE WILSSENS
Automotive News Editor Jason Stein moderates "Pursuit of Excellence: Attracting and Developing the Best," a session of panel discussions and keynote speeches.
Event sponsors Dale Pollak, left, founder of vAuto, and Jim Franchi, center, president of AutoTrader Group's Media Division, congratulate panelist Collin Sewell, president of Sewell Family of Companies.
Public dealership group AutoNation had five stores on the Top 100 list. On hand to celebrate were, from left: John Evanicki, general manager of Land Rover of Fort Lauderdale [Fla.]; Cliff Brush, general manager of Lexus of Palm Beach [Fla.]; AutoNation COO Mike Maroone; Nick Oliver, general manager of Courtesy Toyota in Winter Park, Fla.; Sean Zabihi, general manager of BMW of Bellevue [Wash.]; and James Cheatham of Mini of Stevens Creek in Santa Clara, Calif.
Keith Crain, right, Automotive News' editor-in chief, congratulates Galpin Motors Vice President Beau Boeckmann after Boeckmann's closing keynote speech.
Rick Niello, president of Niello Co. in Sacramento, Calif., discusses the importance of employee satisfaction.
AutoNation COO Mike Maroone delivers a keynote address on leadership.
Automotive News Editor Jason Stein, right, hosts a panel on improving employee satisfaction. Joining him were, from left: Rick Niello; Collin Sewell; and Tamara Darvish, vice president of DARCARS Automotive Group.