WASHINGTON - Five dealers have won the eighth annual All-Star Dealer Award sponsored by the American International Automobile Dealers Association.
The award recognizes exceptional business performance, commitment to the industry and service to the community. Winners were nominated by their peers and chosen by a panel of graduate business school professors and deans.
The national winner will be announced tonight, May 19, at the All-Star Dealer Awards Banquet at AIADA's 20th annual American International Automotive Congress here.
The five winners are:
Rick Case of Rick Case Enterprises in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Case is one of America's largest Acura dealers, and has received Acura's Sales Precision Team Award for the past two years. He also has Honda, Hyundai, Mazda and Mitsubishi dealerships in Ohio, Florida and Georgia.
Case, current president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County in Florida, has founded numerous programs that now raise $2 million annually for the clubs.
In 1982, he started Rick Case Bikes for Kids at his Ohio dealerships. This program refurbishes donated bicycles and distributes them to needy children at Christmas. It is now a regular activity at his other dealerships.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America named Case 1996 Child Advocate of the Year, and honored him with the Bronze Keystone Award for his efforts with Florida's at-risk youth.
John Hawkins of Coggin Honda in Jacksonville, Fla.
Hawkins, a single-point dealer, is one of the top U.S. sellers of new and used Hondas.
He is on the American Honda National Dealer Advisory Board, and has served on Honda's Advertising Triad Council for three years.
He led the Honda Total Customer Satisfaction Index in 1993.
In 1994, Hawkins sponsored a gun buy-back program, at $25 per gun, to get guns off the streets of Jacksonville. That year, 280 guns were collected.
His actions have led other local businesses to get involved in the program.
Hawkins is a member of the Christian Recovery Mission, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Rotary Club of Jacksonville.
John Holtz of Holtz House of Vehicles in Rochester, N.Y.
Holtz, a past president of the Rochester Automobile Dealers Association, is active in the group's charitable foundation, auto show and community affairs programs.
He was awarded the Acura Precision Team Award for customer satisfaction from 1994 through 1996.
Holtz also has Honda, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Land Rover franchises in Rochester.
Holtz was appointed to the Monroe, N.Y., County Jobs Creation Task Force in 1993, and was named Man of the Year in 1996 by the Rochester Entertainment Underwriters Association.
He is active in Rochester's Partnership with Angels program, which provides holiday gifts for underprivileged children.
Lee Maas of Classic BMW in Dallas
As AIADA chairman in 1994, Maas led the association's 1994-96 task force to repeal the automobile luxury tax. He is also a member of AIADA's legislative involvement program.
He is a former member of the National Automobile Dealers Association's industry relations committee; former chairman of the Dallas Automobile Dealers Association; one of the founders of the Dallas Auto Show in 1982; and three-time Texas Automobile Dealers Association Dealer of Distinction.
Maas is chairman of BMW's National Dealer Council, and has been the BMW Legislative Committee chairman since 1991. He was a BMW Tour de Force dealer in 1995.
In his community, he is known for his generosity to Catholic charities and youth programs.
Lisa Schomp of Ralph Schomp Automotive in Littleton, Colo.
Schomp, a third-generation dealer, has Honda, BMW and Oldsmobile franchises. Her dealership won Honda's Partners in Excellence Dealership Quality Award in 1995 for excellence in sales, service, parts, and business management.
She is a member of BMW's Retail 2000 Committee and 1997 president of NADA's Honda 20 Group. She was the first woman elected to Oldsmobile's Board of Governance. In 1983, she was appointed to Colorado's Motor Vehicle Licensing Board.
For the last decade, her community service has included the Ralph Schomp Fire Muster, which includes a fire and emergency truck display, rescue demonstrations and children's safety shows. It is held every Saturday in July. Proceeds benefit the burn unit at a local children's hospital.
The Denver Business Journal has named Schomp's dealership the top Denver-area woman-owned business three times, and in 1996 listed it second among Colorado's top 100 companies owned by women. In 1996 she received the Business Integrity Award from the Littleton Rotary Club.