Washington State TIME Dealer of the Year
Time Dealer of the Year Award has been called the most prestigious award a new car dealer can receive. The program was originated to call attention to new car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and distinguished community service.
TIME AND ALLY FINANCIAL HONOR EVERETT DEALER
Steve Klein Wins National Recognition for Community Service
and Industry Accomplishments at NADA Show
(New York, NY, October 21, 2019) – The nomination of Steve Klein, President of Klein Honda in Everett, Washington, for the 2020 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME.
Steve is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 103rd annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show in Las Vegas on February 15, 2020. The announcement of this year’s annual award was made by Susanna Schrobsdorff, Chief Partnerships Officer, TIME, and Doug Timmerman, President of Auto Finance for Ally Financial.
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. Steve, 68, was chosen to represent the Washington State Auto Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 49 auto dealers nominated for the 51st annual award from more than 16,000 nationwide.
“The most rewarding part of my retail automotive career is the personal satisfaction of giving back to others out of our own bounty,” nominee Steve said. “I enjoy the daily interaction with my employees, watching them succeed and encouraging their advancement in the company. All this has contributed to the excellent reputation we have earned in our community.”
Steve is a 1973 graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where he received a degree in business administration. While he was the owner of a Honda motorcycle store and ski and bicycle shop, he was approached to add a Honda car franchise to his portfolio.
“That was 1976 and I was so successful, I built three Honda stores at three different locations each time I outgrew the building and property,” he said. Today, he is solely focused on Honda automobiles and his son, Rory, is the next generation to join the family dealership.
Steve served as president of the Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association from 2012 to 2015 and was instrumental in merging the group into the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA). “With the merger, WSADA became the owner of the Seattle International Auto Show, increasing revenues and attendance, while reducing expenses,” he said.
For his contributions to the auto industry, quality dealership operations, and outstanding community service, Steve received the Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year Award from WSADA in 2015.
A longtime and generous supporter of numerous local organizations, Steve and his wife, Carol, are benefactors of the Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Each year Steve and Carol support its Festival of Trees event and the purchase of a specialized incubator for the neonatal intensive care unit to eliminate the need to transfer premature babies to a Seattle hospital.
In addition, he has contributed to the Everett Performing Arts Center and its KIDSTAGE; Mukileto Schools Foundation; American Red Cross Northwest Region (major sponsor of Snohomish County Heroes Breakfast); Schack Art Center in Everett (sponsor of Schack-toberfest, which features a glass pumpkin patch and harvest art); Cocoon House in Everett (provides housing for homeless and at-risk individuals); Imagine Children’s Museum (Everett); Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County and the Everett Family YMCA, to name a few.
“I’ve found that if you donate your time and money to wonderful causes you believe in, you will increase your visibility in the community,” he said. “People will see you as more than a car dealer; they will see you as a deeply valued member of the community.”
Dealers are nominated by the executives of state and metro dealer associations around the country. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year. Three finalists will receive an additional $5,000 for their favorite charities and the winner will receive an additional $10,000 to give to charity.
In its ninth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s 501(c)3 charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on AllyDealerHeroes.com.
“It’s an incredible honor to recognize these dealers for their business accomplishments and their unwavering commitment to ‘Do It Right’ by helping others in their communities,” Timmerman said. “They are extraordinary auto leaders who care and go the extra mile to give of themselves to make their communities stronger. Ally is proud to support and celebrate their achievements.”
Steve Klein was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Vicki Giles Fabré, Executive Vice President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Carol, have three children.