Automotive News - December 18, 2017 - Best Practices Supplement - A7

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Meredith Long,
senior vice
president and
general manager,
news and luxury,
Time Inc.; Tim
Russi, president,
auto finance, Ally
Financial; and Carl
Swope, 2017 TIME
Dealer of the Year
winner.

pore over the information, developing
their scores and assessments, before
meeting as a group for a day of
deliberations.
Among the factors that go into their
decision-making, those that don't are the
size or location of the dealership, whether
it sells domestic or import, even the
amount of money it gives to charitable
and community service projects.
The judging process is blind, meaning
judges review each nominee's materials
with all identifying information masked
from view. Each nominee is identified
with a randomly assigned number.
"Nominees are judged only on the
content of their applications, both in
terms of their dealership performance
and their community involvement,"
Grice says. "The judges have an
exceptional degree of integrity and take
the process very seriously. We don't care
where the dealership is based.
"And we recognize that the award is
not about the amount of dollars given.
... There is a higher premium placed on

someone actively involved in a cause
rather than just giving a check."
The automakers do not review the
nominations. Since Tauber has taken
over, Grice says, there has "never been
an iota of interaction between the
judges and the OEMs." The automakers
aren't even discussed until the
selections are made.
And unlike, say, in real estate, it's not
about location, location, location,
Grice says.
"We don't consider location or
region until the finalists are ranked,"
he says. "All these nominees are great
representatives of the industry in
their communities, but in reality there
usually is a subset of nominees who
stand a bit above the others-and there
is usually a lot of consensus among the
judges."
So, yes, in the end a consensus exists
to pick one, but all who make it to the
judges' table leave an impression.
"It's always an incredible list of
nominees, and the judges are impressed

by how much these dealers do with their
time," Grice says. "We see that for auto
dealers, this is part of the culture of the
industry, and part of being a leader in
the space.
"We judges take the award very
seriously and have a high level of respect
for the nominees and the winners. We
would never do anything to compromise
that. There's nothing to be gained from
it and lots to be lost. Every year we
are blown away by the quality of the
nominees."

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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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