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  • Local dealer’s recognition helps feed the hungry

  • Jason Hulett won national recognition for Community Service and Industry accomplishments for the upcoming National Automobile Dealers Association Convention.
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  • Jason Hulett won national recognition for Community Service and Industry accomplishments for the upcoming National Automobile Dealers Association Convention. As a result, Ally financial donated $1,000 to Lighthouse Ministries to help feed the hungry in the lake area. In its third year as exclusive sponsor of the TIME Dealer of the Year award, Ally is recognizing dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s charity of choice.
    The nomination of Jason Hulett, dealer principal at Hulett Chevrolet Buick GMC in Camdenton, for the 2014 TIME Dealer of the Year award was made by the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association and announced by TIME in October.
    Hulett is one of a select group of 57 dealer nominees from across the country, who were honored at the 97th Annual NADA Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Jan. 25.
    The dealers nominated for this award are community heroes, as well as economic and civic leaders, who have time and again shown their dedication to making a difference.
    Hulett Chevrolet Buick GMC has been a main stay of the lake area community for three generations and supporting the lake community through both economic and civic means, is a core value for the Hulett family.
    The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Hulett, 42, was chosen to represent the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 57 auto dealers from 17,000 nationwide – nominated for the 45th annual award. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.
    “The most rewarding feeling in my automotive career has been to take the incredible wealth of knowledge I learned from my father and be successful in this business and in our community at the Lake of the Ozarks,” Hulett said of the dealership that was originally founded by his grandfather in 1965. “It is extremely rewarding to take that knowledge and not only survive but thrive, then have the ability to give back to others."
     

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