National Automobile Dealers Association
Press Release

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


PHOENIX (April 16, 2011) – Richard Ryan of South Carolina was named today as the national Truck Dealer of the Year at the American Truck Dealers (ATD) annual conference, held this year 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.

The other nominees were Richard Kane, owner of Grand Truck Center in San Antonio, Texas; Erick Miner, president of Central Illinois Trucks Group, Inc., in Normal, Ill.; and Craig Young, president of Young Truck Sales, Inc., in Canton, Ohio.

The winner and runner up were chosen by a panel of professors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Click here for the biographies/news releases of all the 2011 nominees for the ATD/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year.

About the ATD Convention

The ATD Convention and Expo runs April 15-18 in Phoenix. The winners of ATD Commercial Truck of the Year will be announced Sunday, April 17.

Keynote speakers include ATD Chairman Kyle Treadway and Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations. Political analyst Charlie Cook will headline the ATD convention’s first-ever legislative and regulatory session on Monday, April 18.

Dealers will also have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with their manufacturer executives at 12 franchise meetings and with suppliers on the expo floor. More than a dozen workshop sessions will be offered for dealers and their managers to learn ways to improve their business operations. For a detailed schedule, visit

About ATD: Founded in 1970, the ATD division of the National Automobile Dealers Association is a national trade organization representing more than 2,000 dealers selling new medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information, visit


David Hyatt
Vice President
NADA Public Affairs
(202) 281-4550 (m)
(703) 821-7120

Charles Cyrill
Director of Public Relations
NADA Public Affairs
(216) 870-8837 (m)
(703) 821-7121

Laura Withers
Public Relations Specialist
NADA Public Affairs
(540) 409-7212 (m)
(703) 760-7578