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Shirey feted for TMQDA nomination

November 17, 2010

Thomas F. Shirey, proprietor of Shirey Cadillac in Oak Lawn, was among 60 dealers nationwide honored as recipients of the 2007 Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, in a Feb. 3 ceremony at the annual NADA convention and exposition.


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


"The TMQDA is the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted award for car dealers, and we are proud to sponsor this award which stands for excellence and community involvement," said Ed McCarrick, Time’s president and worldwide publisher. The award is sponsored by Time and Goodyear, and in cooperation with the NADA.


A panel of faculty members from the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration selected five finalists from among the nominees. An Alabama dealer, Tracy Shields Jones, was named winner of the 2007 award. Shirey earned the nomination of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.


Shirey is a third-generation Cadillac dealer. An Illinois native and graduate of Georgetown University, he worked at his family’s dealership during high school and college, apprenticing in the service, parts, and body shop to learn the fundamentals of the automotive business.


After attending General Motors Management Dealer School and working in management, Shirey purchased the dealership in 1979 and has since presided as president and chief executive.


Shirey and his dealership have supported a range of organizations and causes that focus on health care. He is chairman of the Oak Lawn-based Christ Hospital Development Council and vice chairman of the board of the Advocate Charitable Foundation.