Meador is one of a select group of 50 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 99th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 1, 2016.
its fifth 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, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of TIME Dealer of the Year nominees.
started with nothing and have created a business the whole family is
involved in now,” nominee Meador said of his three dealerships that his
wife and two sons help run. “And that family atmosphere extends to our
employees, who have grown children now working here, as well as husbands
and wives. My greatest reward is, simply, that we are a ‘family’ in the
truest sense of the word.”
Meador had a series of jobs before taking a sales position at West Park
Volkswagen in Ontario, Oregon, in 1974, his first experience in the
retail automotive business. In 1977, Meador partnered in a dealership in
Pocatello and by 1982, he became the sole owner. He bought property in
Pocatello, constructed new buildings, acquired and sold dealerships, and
today owns Phil Meador Toyota, Courtesy Ford Lincoln and Phil Meador
Subaru, all in Pocatello. His wife, Bekki, has been the controller for
the business for 37 years.
also treats his community like family and opens his dealerships for
local events, including high school dances, senior proms, the annual
Idaho State University (ISU) Bengal Foundation auction (for the past 20
years) and an annual fundraising dinner/auction for the Holy Spirit
Catholic School of Pocatello. He also donates four autos annually to ISU
and makes other contributions to the university, as well as to
Pocatello High School.
dealerships turn into community centers to raise money and awareness
for a range of causes. Meador collects food for Feeding the 5000, a
local food drive, and held blood and bone marrow events through Angels
for Alec. “We have enrolled more bone marrow donors per capita than any
city in the United States,” Meador said. He also hosts fundraisers to
support the Pocatello Animal Shelter, including drives for pet food and
the annual Run with the Big Dogs walk/run, plus collects gifts for
children through Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army Service Center’s
He added, “But when it is all said and done, I hope that I am remembered for much more than just selling cars."
Meador was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Kevin Hanigan, VP / Executive Director of the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association.