SAN FRANCISCO - Charlie Zook has won the 1999 Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award.
Zook, chairman of Charlie Zook Motors Inc. in Sioux City, Iowa, was to receive the award Saturday, Feb. 6, at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention here.
Sixty-three dealers were nominated this year.
The Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award recognizes outstanding new-car dealers for exceptional performance in their dealerships and distinguished community service.
The award is cosponsored by Time and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in cooperation with NADA.
Faculty members from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration select the winners.
Zook started his retail automotive career selling cars in a small town in Kansas. When he opened his own dealership, he had nine employees. Today, Zook Motors has 71 employees. Zook's son, Bruce, is president of the dealership.
Zook is active in Sioux City, where he helped organize the St. Luke's Health Foundation. He is a member of the Woodbury County Conservation board of directors. He has been active in the First United Methodist Church since 1968 and has donated driver's education cars to a local high school. He helped establish the Dorothy Pecant Nature Center.
The other finalists were:
George Benson Jr. of Benson Motor Cars Ltd. in Annapolis, Md.
Norwood Bryan of Bryan Pontiac-Cadillac Co. in Fayetteville, N.C.
Ken Crowley of Crowley Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep-Kia in Bristol, Conn.
Ray Green of Green Chevrolet-Chrysler-Plymouth Inc. in East Moline, Ill.
Carlos Planas of Tamiami Automotive Group in Miami.
Carl Richardson Sr. of Richardson-Wynette Motors Inc. in Malden, Mo.
Allen Samuels of Allen Samuels Chevrolet-Mercedes in Waco, Texas.