2017 Time Dealer of the Year: Carl Swope. The 2017 Time Dealer of the Year award was presented on January 27, 2017 at the NADA Convention in New Orleans, LA.

What is the TIME Dealer of the Year?
The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service. Dealers are nominated by members of the ATAE (Automotive Trade Association Executives) and the winner is acknowledged during the opening business session of the 2018 NADA convention. At the convention, all TIME Dealer of the Year nominees will be included in the Dealer of the Year photo display at the convention center.


TIME thanks our Dealer of the Year partners

Ally®To our valued dealer customers,

Like you, giving back is incredibly important to us. Our exclusive sponsorship of the TIME Dealer of the Year program is just one way we support and augment your efforts with grants to the charitable causes important to you. We view dealers as community service heroes, and through this program we are honored to showcase the good you do in hopes it inspires all of us to do more for those in need. Ally has provided more than 100 grants to nonprofit organizations in connection with TIME Dealer of the Year. Our name is our promise and we are grateful to be able to support the local causes of such a distinct and generous group of people.

Learn more about Ally's charitable donation

Ally will donate $1,000 to local community causes chosen by each of the dealers nominated for the award, and will make a $10,000 contribution to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designated by the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year winner. Additionally, Ally will donate $5,000 to each charity selected by the three regional finalists, as well as by the state Automotive Trade Association Executive who nominates the winner. Nominees for the 2018 award will be announced in mid-November, with the winner being named at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in Las Vegas, NV in March.



The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,100 new car and truck dealers, with 32,000 franchises, both domestic and international.

NADA membership is open to any new-automobile or new-truck dealership holding a new automobile or truck sales and service franchise.

  • Represents new-car and -truck dealers — both domestic and international franchises—on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory and public arenas
  • Provides counsel on legal and regulatory matters
  • Represents dealers interests with car and truck manufacturers
  • Develops research data on the retail automobile industry
  • Offers extensive training programs to improve dealership business operations, sales and service practices via NADA University
  • Operates the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation that distributes funds donated by dealers and friends of the industry to emergency/medical and educational organizations and private-sector colleges and universities
  • Offers employee benefit plans through its retirement services group, NADART
Jill Jule, National Automobile Dealers Association:

8400 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 827-7411; jjule@nada.org