ORLANDO, Fla. - Don Williamson has won the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award.
Williamson, president of Moore Buick-Pontiac-GMC-Mitsubishi Inc. in Jacksonville, N.C., was to receive the award Saturday, Jan. 22, at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention here.
Sixty-four 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.
Williamson started selling cars for Jim Moore in 1969. Over the years, Williamson moved two times with Moore. He was promoted through the company and in 1986 was able to purchase Moore Buick-Pontiac without an investor. He since has added GMC and Mitsubishi.
Williamson is active in his community, where he is a member of Jacksonville Rotary Club, Greater Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee, the board of trustees of Coastal Carolina Community College and the Onslow Economic Development Commission. He works with the college to improve its technical education department.
The other finalists were:
Ted Russell of Ted Russell Ford-Isuzu in Knoxville, Tenn.
Paul G. Moak Jr. of Paul Moak Pontiac Inc. in Jackson, Miss.
Mike Kehoe of Mike Kehoe Ford and Mike Kehoe Lincoln-Mercury-Jeep in Jefferson City, Mo.
Tarik Daoud of Al Long Ford Inc. in Warren, Mich.