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Kevin Ward
president

Isaac Willis
dealer principal

Dallin Motors; Rawlins, Wyo.

Willis Chevrolet-Buick, Smyrna, Del.

■ Nominated by Marsha Allen, Wyoming

■ Nominated by Marlene Lynch-Petrylak,

Automobile Dealers Association

Soon after graduating from Rawlins High
School, Kevin Ward began his auto career
as a technician at a dealership in his hometown. After five years,
he was named service manager and eventually became the
dealership's general manager. Ward purchased his own store in
2005. He has been president, vice president and a board member
of the Wyoming Automobile Dealers Association and will serve as
the Wyoming chairman for the NADA political action committee
through 2019. Ward also is a member of the Rawlins Lions Club,
where he twice has been elected president.

Delaware Automobile and Truck Dealers'
Association

Isaac Willis is a third-generation auto
dealer, running the business founded by his grandfather in 1951.
He has been a member of the Smyrna volunteer fire company,
Citizens' Hose Company No. 1, for 27 years, and has served on the
board of directors since 2000. The company named him Firefighter
of the Year in 1993. Willis also has served on the finance committee
of Asbury United Methodist Church, on the advisory board of the
Green Beret Project and as chairman of the capital campaign for
the Greater Smyrna Clayton Boys & Girls Club.

Steve Watts
president

Edward Witt
president and dealer

Town & Country Ford; Bessemer, Ala.

Witt Lincoln; San Diego, Calif.

■ Nominated by Thomas R. Dart, Automobile

■ Nominated by Dean Mansfield, New Car

Dealers Association of Alabama

An early career in automotive financial
services inspired Steven Watts to partner
with Bill Sain to open a high-end pre-owned-auto dealership in
1994, a precursor to founding their Ford store in 1999. Watts is a
former chairman and board member of the Automobile Dealers
Association of Alabama and is a leader in the Birmingham
Automobile Dealers Association. He has partnered with Habitat
for Humanity for five years on Home for the Holidays, building a
new house for a local family. The dealership also has hosted the
DeMeco Ryans & Bo Jackson celebrity golf tournament for five years,
generating more than $150,000 for foundations that help children.

Dealers Association San Diego County

Edward Witt grew up around his family's
Wisconsin dealership. After operating
two Ford stores of his own in that state, where he also served
10 years in the Wisconsin National Guard, Witt was asked by
Ford Motor Co. to move to San Diego to run a consolidated
Lincoln dealership. In California, he chairs the board of Father
Joe's Villages, an organization that provides housing, meals and
services to thousands of San Diego's homeless, plus programs to
help break the cycle of homelessness. Witt also is secretary of the
new Enhance La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District, a civic
improvement and beautification group.

Rodney Wihelm
dealer principal

George Youmans
owner and president

Don Wilhelm Inc.; Jamestown, N.D.

Youmans Chevrolet; Macon, Ga.

■ Nominated by Matthew C. Larsgaard,

■ Nominated by Lea Kirschner, Georgia

Automobile Dealers Association
of North Dakota

Rodney G. Wilhelm always knew he wanted
to work at his family's dealership. After earning a business degree
from his hometown University of Jamestown in 1979, he joined
his dad in the business. Now Wilhelm is again following in the
footsteps of his father, himself a 2004 TIME Dealer of the Year
nominee. He is active in many local organizations, including St.
James Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge, the Fraternal Order of
Eagles, the Knights of Columbus, the National Buffalo Museum
and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Wilhelm estimates that
he contributes to 77 organizations annually, from the Great Plains
Food Bank to the Salvation Army.

Automobile Dealers Association

After a decade working in finance, George
Youmans returned to his family's dealership
to help relocate the business, founded by his great-grandfather
in 1930. Youmans has a long association with United Way of
Central Georgia, acting as campaign chairman in 2001. He helps
the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Shield Club and
Macon Civic Club. He also has provided driver's education vehicles
to schools for more than 20 years. Youmans, who became an Eagle
Scout in 1976, has been a parent volunteer for the local Boy Scout
troop and helped his son, Gus, obtain his Eagle Scout award.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Automotive News - December 18, 2017 - Best Practices Supplement

Lincoln store in California aims for new experience, buyers
Cox files antitrust suit against CDK
Partner sues megadealer Taylor for fraud
Retiring Lear CEO sees bets pay off
Honda will have partners, not tie-ups
EV startups try to avoid auto giant footsteps
AMG up to nearly 10% of Mercedes U.S. sales
Pay us for recalled used cars, dealers say
Nissan design boss ushers in high-tech era that honors Japan's past
A-class sedan right for U.S., Mercedes says
GTS versions expected to lift Boxster, Cayman
New variants a boost for Porsche 911
Buick tries to make Regal stand out
Fusion's future unclear
Fuel cells: Scaling up is hard to do
Used-car disrupters tip hands on future
Treating new cars like a works of art
Kuhnt's efforts to fix relations need Munich's support
It is finally happening, sort of
VW is right -- take it from forklifts
Lincoln missed an opportunity
Honda took the appropriate action
Nissan applies EV learning in new Leaf
Takata recalls are improving, industry notes
Aptiv, Valens working to slash car wiring
VW rethinks parts units' competitive potential
Toyoda Gosei stalks a new world of products
Honeywell's turbocharger business goes it alone in '18
For EV startups, China looms large
How China plans to create giant state-owned carmaker
Dealer anniversaries
'Nobody knows' the extent of Taylor's empire
Stylist sticks by Chris Bangle in sickness, in health
Think Lennon would've liked a trip in this baby?
Global pullback confounds ex-GM exec
EPA a fan of Toyota's leanness
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