At the YMCA, North Carolina dealer 'is a true all-star'
Natalie Tindol has been a fitness instructor at her local YMCA for two decades. The owner of Ford and Subaru dealerships in Gastonia, N.C., has taught everything from low-impact aerobics to Zumba dance-fitness classes. "The thing I really enjoy is I love helping people feel really good about themselves," Tindol says.
She also helps raise money for the YMCA. Last year's Charity Preview Night for the Charlotte International Auto Show benefited local YMCAs. Tindol was instrumental in making that happen, says Tony Sigmon, CEO of the Gaston County Family YMCA. Tindol "always says 'I have gotten more out of this than I have put in,'" Sigmon says. "She is a true all-star."
Tindol, 47, has been dealer principal at Tindol Ford and Tindol Subaru since 2002, when she bought them from her father. The two dealerships sold 2,100 new and used vehicles in 2012.
The Girl Scouts are another of Tindol's favorite causes. She has been an assistant Girl Scout leader for a decade, working with the same group of girls since they were 5 years old.
Tindol's dealerships sponsor an annual golf tournament to benefit the Girl Scouts, says Loretta Allman, executive director of the Greater Charlotte Automobile Dealers Association. Natalie Tindol is a past chairman of the local association and current chairman of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association. "She is a great community leader and a great dealer," Allman says. "She embodies what we want our members to be."
Having a business in a community is about more than just making profits, says Tindol, a mother of four. In 2013 her goal is "to continue to give back as much as possible," she says. "We have been very blessed. The better we do, the more that is expected of me."
Service: Helping others feel good about themselves by teaching fitness classes at the local YMCA and volunteering with the Girl Scouts