Jenell Ross, president of Bob Ross Auto Group in Centerville, Ohio, received the Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year Award.
Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox Automotive, presented the award at the Northwood University Dealer Education Awards breakfast on Saturday.
Ross, a second-generation dealer, has stores operating Buick, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo and Fiat franchises.
"Jenell positively influences the automotive industry and leads an award-winning dealer group while advocating for important community causes," said Schwartz in a statement.
Ross is a member of NADA; the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers; the General Motors Minority Dealers Association; and the Chrysler Minority Dealers Association.
In 2013, Ross was chairwoman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association. She is involved in numerous community organizations and is an avid supporter of breast cancer research and education through her annual Pink Ribbon Driven fundraising campaign.
The Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year Award recognizes female business leaders committed to improving the auto industry.