Crown Automotive Group CEO Dwayne Hawkins Nominated for Prestigious Dealer of the Year Award

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Dwayne Hawkins, dealer principal, chairman and CEO of Crown Jaguar in St. Petersburg, Florida and CEO of Crown Automotive Group has been nominated for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year Awards.

Dwayne Hawkins, CEO of Crown Automotive Group

Dwayne Hawkins, CEO of Crown Automotive Group

The Crown Automotive Group is proud to announce that Dwayne Hawkins, the dealer principal, chairman and CEO of Crown Jaguar and the CEO of Crown Automotive Group, has recently been nominated for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year Awards.

Hawkins has worked in the automotive industry for 52 years, and as a dealer for the past 45. In addition to serving as CEO of Crown Automotive Group, which boasts 19 dealerships in Florida, Tennessee and Ohio, he is committed to working to better the local communities in which his dealerships reside. He has supported education as an active member of the Pinellas Education Foundation, and has served as a major contributor to cancer research as a member of the Board of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He is a supporter of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and currently sits on the Board of All Children’s Hospital. Hawkins was chosen to represent the Florida Automobile Dealers Association in the competition.

“It truly was an honor to receive this nomination,” said Hawkins. “I take great pride in my work within the automotive industry as well as my work within the local community, and I’m grateful and humbled to be recognized for that work by such a renowned institution.”

The TIME Dealer of the Year Awards, among the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry, are sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, in cooperation with NADA.

“The dealers nominated for this award are dedicated business owners, auto lovers and, most importantly, champions for their local communities, with a willingness to give back on a grand scale,” said Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial. “Ally is proud to honor and support these dealers as they work today and tomorrow to build better places to live, work and do business.”

The 55 dealers nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year Awards will be honored at the 98th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo on January 23, 2015 in San Francisco. Faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will choose one finalist from each NADA region, as well as one dealer to be named national Dealer of the Year.

ABOUT CROWN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Crown Automotive Group has been in business for more than 40 years, and currently operates domestic and international automotive franchises in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee. The group is dedicated to customer and employee satisfaction, and is your source for new and pre-owned vehicles, parts and service, financing and more. No matter what you’re looking for, you can be confident that you are getting an incredible deal and outstanding service when you visit one of the many dealerships that make up Crown Automotive Group. Learn more about the group at http://www.crowncars.com.

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