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Jacobs gets nod for Time's 2003 TMQDA

November 24, 2010

Bill Jacobs was selected by directors  of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association as the CATA's nominee for the 2003 Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, advancing from among six local candidates. National winners will be named next February at the opening session of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco. The TMQDA recognizes new-vehicle dealers in the United States for exceptional performance in their dealerships combined with distinguished community service. State and metro auto associations nominate candidates, and finalists are chosen by a faculty panel from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration. One Time Magazine Dealer of the Year is named from among the finalists. Jacobs, principal of seven area dealerships, was named in May as one of seven winners of the 2002 All-Star Dealer Award, an award similar to the TMQDA that is presented by the American International Automobile Dealers Association.

The All-Star Dealer Award honors the notable contributions that automobile make to their communities through civic volunteerism and charitable giving. Over the past five years, Jacobs raised more than $1.5 million to found the Rush Neurobehavioral Center, which deals comprehensively with the issues faced by children with learning disabilities. Other CATA dealers who were TMQDA candidates this year for their achievements at the dealerships and in their communities are

• Pat Fitzgibbon of South Holland Dodge; 
• Joe Gentile of Joe Gentile Chrysler in Barrington; 
• Horst Korallus of Infiniti of Lisle, Volvo of Lisle, and Honda of Lisle and Joliet; 
• Larry Roesch, proprietor of six dealerships that bear his name; and 
• Thomas Wehmeier of Community Pontiac-GMC-Mazda in Oak Forest.