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Award salutes commitment to business, community

November 22, 2010
Kowalis a finalist for AIADA's 'Dealer of the Year' honor

Eugene Kowalis, principal of Lexus of Orland and Orland Toyota, both in Tinley Park, was one of seven finalists for the 2004 Motor Trend and Automobile Dealer of the Year, an award for outstanding industry and community service presented each May at the American International Automobile Dealers Association's Automotive Congress. "America's international nameplate auto dealerships," said AIADA Chairman Buzz Rodland, "can be found in every congressional district. They provide high quality, high value, socially responsible cars for American consumers while facilitating 500,000 jobs and making invaluable contributions to their communities and other deserving causes." "The 'Dealer of the Year Award' recognizes those dealers who go above and beyond in an effort to make a difference locally, regionally and nationally. They are prominent civic and business leaders whose names are synonymous with generosity and community service." The 2004 Dealer of the Year Award was presented to Robert Garff of Ken Garff Automotive Group in Utah. "These awards pay tribute to all international automobile retailers who do more than just sell and service vehicles. In the cities and towns where their businesses are located, they are also outstanding community and business leaders, generously contributing their time and financial support to local civic, youth and charitable organizations," said Lou Mohn, president of the PRIMEDIA Consumer Automotive Group, which publishes the magazines Motor Trend and Automobile.