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Dolan honored for TMQDA nomination

November 22, 2010
Mary Ford Dolan, president of Freeway Ford-Sterling Truck Sales in Lyons, was among 65 dealers nationwide honored as recipients of the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, in a Jan. 29 ceremony as part of the annual NADA convention and exposition. The award recognizes new-car dealers for exceptional performance in their business coupled with distinguished community service. "The recipients of this prestigious award," said NADA Chairman Charley Smith, "do a lot more than just sell cars and trucks. They work diligently and untiringly to help their communities and their industry and are an inspiration to all of us." A panel of faculty members from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration se- lected five TMQDA finalists. Ralph Seekins of Fairbanks, Alaska, was named winner of the 2005 award. Dolan earned the nomination of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. Dolan's dealership has been Blue Oval-certified for four years and belongs to Ford's BPN Summit Club. She helped to pass the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act in Illinois and participates in Open Door Shelter for troubled teens. Dolan is active in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic parish in Glenview and also is on the advisory council to his eminence, Francis Cardinal George. She also was instrumental in adding Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago to the list of organizations that benefit from First Look for Charity. Now in her second year on the CATA board of directors, Dolan is the first woman ever voted onto the board.