It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Time and Ally
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (PRWEB) March 21, 2016
Julie Dunning, president of Dunning Toyota, was nominated for the 2016 TIME Dealer of the Year award. Dunning was chosen along with 50 other dealer nominees from across the United States, all of whom will be honored at the 99th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 1, 2016.
The Publisher of TIME Magazine Meredith Long and the President of Auto Finance for Ally Financial Tim Russi announced the nomination. They explained that those selected for the nomination demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the automotive industry and an ongoing propensity for charitable activities.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Time and Ally,” Dunning explained after learning of the nomination. “We are committed to supporting the community in a variety of ways, and we take great pride in being able to give back to the area.”
As a nominee, Dunning will receive $1,000 for the 501c(3) charity of her choice, and she will be acknowledged on the website AllyDealerHeroes.com, which celebrates the charitable achievements and contributions of all of the nominees for this annual award. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is considered by many to be the one of the most illustrious honors in the automotive industry, and previous award winners are among the most successful and respected auto dealers in the country.
Dunning Toyota supports a wide variety of charities through donations and philanthropic activities. The dealership is the number one donator of toys for the Toys for Tots campaign in Washtenaw County, and they supported 250 local children during the Christmas season by purchasing toys for them. In 2014, Dunning Toyota donated $18,000 to the Alpha House, a homeless shelter that serves women and children and their families.
Dunning Toyota also supports Arbor Hospice, donating a 4WD vehicle each year to the organization, and provides support for the Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor and the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Additionally, Dunning hosts a variety of community events at her dealership, such as family movie nights and a “Trunk or Treat” Halloween event for community children.
Dunning, 69, graduated from Roanoke High School in Roanoke, IN, and attended Michigan Christian College in Rochester Hills. She started her professional career as a salesperson at Toyota Ann Arbor in 1973 and was promoted to general sales manager in 1979. In 2000, Dunning became president and dealer principal. She currently owns 80 percent of the Toyota dealership as well as Dunning Subaru in Ann Arbor. Dunning has three sons and one grandson who also work in the automotive sales industry.
For more information on Julie Dunning's nomination or Dunning Toyota, visit http://www.dunningtoyota.com or call (734) 997-7600. The new and used car dealership is located at 3745 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
Family-owned and operated for more than 40 years, Dunning Toyota maintains a large inventory of both new and pre-owned quality vehicles. They are committed to excellence in customer service, and their knowledgeable and friendly staff goes above and beyond to help customers find the right vehicle. Their service department employs several master certified technicians, and the dealership is very involved in giving back to the community.