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Dawson feted for TMQDA nod

November 18, 2010

Hanley Dawson III, founder and owner of the Patrick Dealer Group, was among 66 dealers nationwide honored as recipients of the 2006 Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, at a Feb. 11 ceremony as part of the annual NADA convention and exposition in Orlando, Fla.


The award recognizes new-car dealers for exceptional performance in their business coupled with distinguished community service. 

In 1904, Hanley Dawson persuaded Henry Ford to let him sell used Fords on consignment in Detroit, and he was awarded the Midwest’s first Ford franchise in 1907. The Ford franchise was replaced in 1933 with Chevrolet and General Motors franchises, and in 1951, Hanley Dawson Jr. took over his father’s dealership. Hanley Dawson Cadillac operated in Chicago until the early 1990s.


Hanley Dawson III left his father’s business in 1977, moving to Schaumburg to open Patrick Cadillac, named after his youngest son. 

The now four-generation family business is Chicago’s fifth largest dealer group, with seven franchises and 350 employees.


Dawson and his dealerships have supported a wide range of organizations and causes, with an emphasis on medicine and education. He said his most meaningful civic achievement was his election as board chairman of Loyola Academy in Wilmette. 

"I believe that education is a basic fundamental right for all mankind and it is a key to a better life for any individual," said Dawson.


A panel of faculty members from the University of Michigan School of Business Administration selected five award finalists from the 66 TMQDA recipients. BennieRyburn III of Arkansas was named the award’s overall 2006 winner.