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CATA nominates Shirey for ’07 TMQDA accord

November 18, 2010

Thomas Shirey, president of Frank Shirey Cadillac in Oak Lawn, was selected by directors of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association as the CATA’s nominee for the 2007 Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award.  

Shirey and about 65 dealers nominated by other state and metropolitan dealer associations will vie for the national recognition. Four finalists and one winner will be announced in February at the opening session of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas.


The TMQDA recognizes new-vehicle dealers in the United States for exceptional performance in their dealerships combined with distinguished community service. The finalists and winner will be chosen by a faculty panel from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration. 

The nominee is a third generation Cadillac dealer. Thomas’s father, Frank, founded Frank Shirey Cadillac in Oak Lawn in 1964. Frank’s father worked for General Motors beginning in the 1920s, and in 1949 opened Cullerton Cadillac in Brookfield.


Thomas Shirey joined his father’s dealership full-time after graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Business in 1972. Seven years later, he purchased the dealership.


Shirey Cadillac is a recipient of many annual Standards for Excellence awards and bonuses, including being a GMAC Platinum Dealer since 2000 and being an 11-year winner of the Master Dealer Award/GM Mark of Excellence. He also ascended to national chairman of the Cadillac Dealer Council.


Shirey Cadillac was a frontrunner in establishing a Web site, and now more than half the sales of the dealership’s Internet department are to out-of-state customers. All of the dealership’s technicians are ASE-certified, and three are World Class Technicians.


Shirey is an activist and benefactor for Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, and for St. Colleta’s of Illinois Foundation in Tinley Park. Both the organizations are beneficiaries of the 2007 Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity event.