Overview of Dealer Groups: Awards and Acquisitions



The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers and Ally Financial presented Andrea Park Zadd, president of Cresmont Auto Group in Cleveland, with the “Ally Sees Her” award at the NAMAD annual conference.

The award highlights women dealership leaders for their commitment to empowering their communities and the diversity of the automotive industry.

As part of Zadd’s recognition, Ally donates $ 10,000 to the Korean American Professionals in the Automotive Industry nonprofit and the May Dugan Community Center in Cleveland.

“It’s so important for kids to see someone they can relate to as they dream of a successful future and careers that spark their interest,” Zadd said in a press release.

“While Crestmont Automotive has many female sales professionals and service advisors, I hope initiatives like this inspire more young women to seek careers in automotive retail,” said Zadd. “It’s a vibrant industry and I’m proud of the work we do to create a more inclusive and flexible work environment. “

Natalie Brown, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Ally, added, “This award celebrates the drive and passion that women automotive leaders bring to the table. The future of our industry is stronger when everyone sees the contributions of innovative leaders like Andrea who excel in business and give back to their community. We are proud to be an ally in NAMAD’s quest to expand opportunities for minority auto dealers.

In other news regarding NAMAD, Cox Automotive has partnered with the organization to honor Amber Martin, Director of Community and Business Partnerships at Martin Management Group, with her Rising Star Award.

“To be recognized as a Rising Star by Cox Automotive is an incredible honor and to receive this award is even more special because of the long-standing partnership my family business has with Cox Automotive and NAMAD,” said Martin.

NAMAD President Damon Lester and Keisha Duck, who is vice president of talent, learning and culture at Cox Automotive, presented the award to Martin on Thursday at the event’s awards dinner NAMAD.

“On behalf of Cox Automotive and in partnership with NAMAD, I am honored to recognize Amber Martin as the 2021 Rising Star. Not only does Amber embody the words ‘Rising Star’, but she also exemplifies a core value of Cox and the family. Cox: community involvement. “

Lester added: “Amber Martin really is a ‘rising star’. His business acumen, personality and experience are testament to his success in our industry.

Cox donates $ 5,000 in Martin’s honor to the Institute of Behavior and Health, Inc. (IBH) and its Stop Drugged Driving initiative, and is also launching a new philanthropic partnership as part of the award. The company is partnering with City of Refuge to fund its automotive technician training program.

Cox is donating $ 10,000 this year on Martin’s behalf to pay for a student’s tuition in the program.

In other dealer-related news, Florida-based Ed Morse Automotive Group said Friday it has purchased four dealerships and a parts center from Sellers-Sexton Automotive and Norman Roy.

The stores and parts center are located in Illinois and Missouri. They will be renamed:

  • Ed Morse Ford formerly Sellers-Sexton Ford at 341 VFW Memorial Drive, Saint Robert, Missouri.
  • Ed Morse Chevrolet Buick GMC formerly Weir Chevrolet Buick GMC at 1507 S. Main Street, Red Bud, Ill.
  • Ed Morse Ford formerly Weir Ford at 1615 S. Main Street, Red Bud, Ill.
  • Ed Morse Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram formerly Weir Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at 801 New Baldwin Road, New Athens, Ill.
  • Ed Morse Parts Center formerly Weir Parts Center at 1450 W. Market Street, Red Bud, Ill.

“This is our second expansion into the great state of Missouri, and we were so impressed with our results that we wanted to continue our growth not only there, but also in Illinois,” said Teddy Morse, Chairman and CEO of the Ed Morse Automotive Group. in a press release.

“When our organization makes an acquisition and enters a new market, we take pride in not only keeping our promises to support the community, but also making significant capital improvements. These enhancements will provide our new employees with greater opportunities to succeed and provide our customers with a world class experience, ”said Morse.


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