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Chicago Auto Show draws crowds, raves

November 23, 2010
Enthusiastic crowds swelled attendance at the 2003 Chicago Auto Show, and area dealers awaited what subsequently is regarded as the launch of the dealers' spring selling season. The only thing lacking at McCormick Place was snow; the city's lakefront sidestepped two storms that buried areas just miles away. Plentiful media coverage showcased the nearly 1,000 vehicles on display. Some of the show highlights: $28,900 disbursed in Auto Show ACE awards At what marked the final appearance of Oldsmobile at the Chicago Auto Show, a salesman who has worked in the carmaker's display at the last 22 Chicago Auto Shows collected five Awards for Customer Excellence, including the final day's award. Edward Kucic, representing Ettleson Cadillac- Oldsmobile-Buick, has sold the Oldsmobile line since 1981. In fact, the first car Kucic owned was a 1955 Olds. Effective salespeople at the just-concluded auto show netted a combined $28,900 under the ACE program. Salespeople at all vehicle exhibits were evaluated each day by incognito judges who rated the salespeople using various criteria. The prize, $100 cash, can be won by only one salesperson a day at each exhibit. Joining Kucic as a five-time winner is Dave Dymond of Bernard Isuzu. Six others won an ACE three times: Dan Alfaro of Max Madsen Mitsubishi, Len Donnells of Joe Rizza Acura, Jim DuMont of Feeny Chrysler-Jeep, Bill Fleming of Patrick Pontiac-GMC, Mike Sargent of Napleton's Auto Werks of Indiana, and George Zouganelis Jr. of Community Oldsmobile in Wilmington. Food drive nets 12 tons Late weekday crowds benefited the Chicago Christian Industrial League by contributing more than 24,000 pounds of canned food. The CATA extends a $5 discount off regular adult admission to those who bring three cans of food Wednesday through Friday at the show. "Food drives tend to center around holiday seasons, but hunger is a dilemma that goes on year-round," said Jerry Cizek, general manager of the Chicago Auto Show and president of the CATA. "It's the belief of the CATA board of directors that we can help those in need by offering this weekday discount to show patrons."