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AIADA honors McGrath with Lifetime Achievement Award

April 6, 2018
Mike McGrath Sr., who with his family owns and operates six dealerships in the Chicago area, won the 2018 David F. Mungenast Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award on March 25 at the annual meeting of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.
The award is presented each year by the AIADA’s board of directors to an industry leader who possesses a similar community spirit and devotion to the international nameplate auto industry as the award’s namesake.
"Dealers are generous people, and few exemplify this more than Mike McGrath," said AIADA President Cody Lusk. "He’s dedicated so much of his time and resources to giving back to his community, as well as our industry, so we are pleased to honor him with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award."
McGrath has served in various leadership roles across the industry, including as vice chairman of the Lexus National Dealer Council; chairman of the Acura National Dealer Council; director of the National Lexus Dealer Advertising Board; and chairman of the Automotive Free International Trade PAC.
In addition to running a successful group of dealerships — Acura and Lexus dealerships in Chicago and Westmont; and Honda and Hyundai stores in Chicago — McGrath is known for his commitment to the community and several philanthropic causes, including the Northern Illinois University College of Business, which honored him in 2013 with its Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. 
He also has been recognized as an outstanding business leader by the 100 Club of Chicago, which presented him with its "Corporate Leadership Man of the Year" award in 2015.
McGrath served nine years as a director of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, including as chairman in 2002-2003.