NEW ORLEANS -- Ralph Seekins has won this year's Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award.
Seekins, president of Seekins Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Inc. in Fairbanks, Alaska, was scheduled to receive the award on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention here.
Sixty-five dealers were nominated.
The Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award honors new-car dealers for exceptional performance in their dealerships and distinguished community service. The award is co-sponsored by Time and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in cooperation with NADA.
Seekins, 59, began selling cars about 35 years ago at a Ford dealership in Seattle. In 1974 he moved to Fairbanks to manage a Ford dealership there. Three years later, the dealer retired, and Seekins put his name on the building.
Seekins Ford-Lincoln-Mercury services an area half again as large as Texas and delivers many of its vehicles by barge or air. It also uses a plane to make sales and service calls.
Seekins, a longtime member of the Greater Fairbanks and Alaska chambers of commerce, has won numerous awards for community service and civic involvement. In 2002 he was Ford National Dealer Council chairman. He also was elected to the Alaska State Senate in 2002, an office he still holds.
The other finalists were: