Sponsored by Ally Financial, the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year Award will be presented at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention in 2013.
The nomination of Robert Hoehn, dealer principal at Hoehn Motors, Inc., an Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche dealer for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced Oct. 22 by TIME.
Hoehn is one of a select group of 57 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 96th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in Orlando, FL, on Feb. 9, 2013.
Hoehn was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year Award by Dean B. Mansfield, president of the New Car Dealers Association San Diego County. Hoehn and his wife, Karen, have two daughters.
In its second year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on the recently launched website, AllyDealerHeroes.com, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of auto dealers across the U.S.
The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Hoehn, 60, was chosen to represent the New Car Dealers Association San Diego County in the national competition – one of only 57 auto dealers from 17,000 nationwide – nominated for the 44th annual award.
“Our most meaningful success is the reputation we have in the San Diego community and, just as importantly, among our employees,” Hoehn said.
A 1970 graduate of Memphis University School in Memphis, TN, Hoehn went on to earn a BA in art history and English from Bowdoin College in Maine, graduating in 1974.
“I am a third-generation automobile dealer,” Hoehn said. The Hoehn family has been in the automobile business since 1928, when Hoehn’s grandfather opened a Chevrolet dealership in Memphis, TN. Hoehn’s father, who took over the company in 1938, planned to retire to La Jolla, CA, but instead founded Hoehn Motors.
“It was an ailing Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Oldsmobile dealership when my father purchased it,” he said. That was 1975 and Hoehn joined the operation in 1976. Along with his brother, they built the dealership into a successful enterprise. Today, his two daughters and nephew are the fourth generation to enter the family business.
Hoehn believes in giving back to his adopted hometown. He has created a “social responsibility” group at his stores, encouraging employees to choose worthy community projects that they can support.