Hagerstown Businessman Paul Ritchie Nominated for TIME Magazine 2009 Dealer of the Year Award

Paul Ritchie, president of Hagerstown Honda has been nominated for the TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year award, in recognition of more than 30 years of service to the industry, the business community, and local civic organizations.

Hagerstown, MD, March 06, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Paul Ritchie, president of Hagerstown Honda has been nominated for the TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year award. The nomination was announced recently at the annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans.

The TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry's most prestigious and highly coveted honors for new-car dealers. Recipients are not only among the nation's most successful auto dealers, they must also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to effective community service.

Mr. Ritchie was nominated for the award by Peter Kitzmiller, president of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association. Only 49 dealers in the nation are nominated for the honor, which is now in its 40th year. The TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year award is sponsored by both TIME Magazine and Goodyear, in cooperation with NADA.

Mr. Ritchie began his career in the automotive industry in 1976 and helped establish Hagerstown Honda in 1990. In addition to his business success, Mr. Ritchie has been involved in numerous civic, educational, athletic and charitable endeavors. “We provide our local Washington County Teacher of the Year with a new Honda vehicle for one year -- we’ve done this since 2001,” he said. “We feel our educators are the heart and soul of our market.” Mr. Ritchie continued, “Our work supporting education and local educators is, without a doubt, the most meaningful and rewarding.”

Mr. Ritchie formerly served as Chairman of the Board for MADA. He has also donated time, resources, and funds to local high school programs, as well as a variety of service organizations, such as the American Red Cross, the Shining Tree Orphanage, the Boy Scouts, Lions Club, Exchange Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Middletown with his wife, Carolyn. The couple has three children and one grandchild.

About the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association
Maryland Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) is a statewide association of new car and truck dealers managed by a Board of Directors, which consists of members representing districts throughout the State. MADA was founded in 1910 as a non-profit trade association for the purpose of: "facilitating the exchange of ideas among its members; to encourage sound business policies; to foster constructive motor vehicle legislation; to discourage destructive motor vehicle legislation, and to promote confidence, respect and good fellowship among all who are directly or indirectly engaged in the motor vehicle industry." For more information visit MADA online at www.mdauto.org.

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