ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scott Wood has won the 2010 Time Magazine Dealer of the Year award.
Wood, 59, was to receive the award here Saturday, Feb. 13, at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention. He is dealer and general manager of Stanley Wood Chevrolet-Pontiac Co. and Scott Wood Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep (Chevrolet-Pontiac) in Batesville, Ark.
Forty-five auto dealers were nominated.
The award honors new-vehicle dealers for exceptional performance in their dealerships and distinguished community service. It is sponsored by Time in association with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Wood grew up in the retail business. By the time he was born in 1950, his grandfather, Stanley Wood, had owned his Batesville dealership for 11 years. Wood worked part time at the store alongside his father, W. Stanley, through high school and college, then took a full-time sales position in 1972.
When his family purchased a local Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge store in 1987, Wood became dealer principal.
Wood has been involved in many civic and community organizations, including the Batesville School Board; Batesville Kiwanis Club; Boy Scouts; Batesville Community Theatre; Batesville Area Arts Council; White River Health Systems; Lyon College, which gave him a "Friend of Education" award; and two area elementary schools.
The other finalists for the Time Dealer of the Year Award were:
-- Kathleen Gaddie, 60, owner and operator of Ryan Chevrolet in Minot, N.D.
-- John Giambalvo, 41, president of Jack Giambalvo Motor Co. Inc. in York, Pa., which sells Mazda, Hyundai, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Buick, Pontiac and GMC.
-- Dan Wilder, 61, dealer principal of Wilder Toyota (Toyota-Scion) in Port Angeles, Wash.