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Jacobs honored for TMQDA nomination

November 23, 2010
William T. Jacobs Jr., proprietor of eight area dealerships, was among 64 dealers nationwide honored as recipients of the 2003 Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, in a Feb. 1 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 Alan Starling, "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 selected five finalists. John Bergstrom, a Chevrolet- Buick-Cadillac dealer from Neenah, Wis., was named winner of the 2003 award. Jacobs earned the nomination of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. Jacobs grew up at his father's dealership and, as the years progressed, held almost every job in the store. Jacobs has spent the past 20-plus years trying to maintain the example his father set as a dealer and a person. Jacobs is proudest of the fact that his father also was a Time Magazine Quality Dealer, in 1970. 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. The center is one of just two or three in the country to join specialists from a variety of areas to identify and address learning disabilities. Jacobs also leads a statewide effort to secure a wheelchair for everyone who needs a wheelchair but cannot afford one.