National Automobile Dealers Association

2011 ATD Truck Dealer of the Year Award

Richard Ryan Named National Truck Dealer of the Year at ATD Convention

Left to right, 2010 Truck Dealer of the Year Jack Saum, 2011
Truck Dealer of the Year Richard Ryan, ATD Director Barbara
Robinson and Newport Business Media President Kate Miller.
PHOENIX (April 16, 2011) – Richard Ryan of South Carolina was named as the 2011 national Truck Dealer of the Year at the American Truck Dealers (ATD) annual conference, held in Phoenix.

“I’ve had a wonderful career,” said Ryan, president and CEO of Carolina International Trucks in Columbia, S.C., who began in the business as a sales trainee for International Harvester Co. in 1972. “And I’ve really loved it.”

The award — co-sponsored by ATD and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine — recognizes excellence in dealership performance, industry leadership, civic contributions and community service.

“After 20 years as a dealer, Richard is still focused on growth,” said Kate Miller, president and group publisher of Newport Business Media, which produces Heavy Duty Trucking. “He is actively preparing a professional succession plan with his top leadership team that includes a family management commitment by preparing his daughter to lead Carolina International Trucks.”

Eric K. Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises in Waukesha, Wis., was named the runner-up for the national award. (Read more)

The Award

Nominees for the ATD/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year are evaluated based on several categories, including dealership performance, civic contributions and industry leadership. The winner and runner-up will be chosen by a panel of professors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. (Read more)

2011 Nominees

Five commercial truck dealers from across the country were nominated by their peers for a national industry award presented by the American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. The award recognizes excellence in business practices, industry leadership, civic contributions and community service.

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Eric K. Jorgensen

Jorgensen began his career in 1990, working with his father, Chuck Jorgensen, at the family’s Waukesha, Wis., dealership in the parts, accounting and sales departments. Over the years, he worked in the Parts, Service, Leasing and Human Resources departments and worked on various special projects. In 2000, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of JX Enterprises, which owns Peterbilt truck dealerships throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Volvo trucks are also offered at the company’s Wausau, Wis., location.

Richard Kane

Kane began his career in truck retailing when he purchased Grand Truck Center in 1969 and began selling and servicing Ford trucks. More than 40 years later, Kane is still owner of the dealership, which now sells Ford, Western Star, Volvo, Mack and Autocar trucks at two locations in San Antonio. The dealership also offers leasing, fleet management, service, parts and financial services. In addition to the dealership, Kane also owns real-estate firms Bulldog Realty and R.S. Kane Realty.

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Erick Miner

Miner began his career as a certified public accountant and became involved with Central Illinois Trucks, Inc. (CIT Group, Inc.) after completing a dealership audit. Miner became friends with the dealer principal, and later accepted a position as the dealership’s controller in 1984. In 1991, he was promoted to company president, and purchased stock in the company in 1992, along with two other CIT employees. Today, the dealership sells Kenworth, Volvo and Isuzu trucks at seven locations in Illinois.

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Richard Ryan

Ryan began his career as a sales trainee for International Harvester Co. in 1972. He worked in a variety of positions for the company in the Midwest and West Coast until 1992, when he stepped in to operate Carolina International Trucks after it exited bankruptcy. One year later, he became dealer principal of the company, which today sells International medium- and heavy-duty trucks, IC Bus and Mitsubishi Fuso medium-duty trucks at six locations in South Carolina.

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Craig Young

Young began his career in truck retailing in 1979 as the warranty manager at the dealership his grandfather, father and uncle started in 1954. Over the years, after taking on a variety of roles, including service manager, body shop manager, parts manager and credit manager, Young became president in 1996. The dealership now sells Freightliner, Isuzu and Volvo trucks and parts at two locations in Canton. Young also operates a separate body shop, a real-estate firm and a leasing and fleet-management business.

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