The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers in America
who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform
distinguished community service. Dealers are nominated by members of the
ATAE (Automotive Trade Association Executives) and the winner is
acknowledged during the opening business session of the annual NADA
2016 Idaho's TIME Dealer of the Year - Phil Meador
Phil Meador -- Idaho's 2016 TIME Dealer of the Year
Phil Meador, president and owner of Phil Meador Toyota in Pocatello, Idaho, was named one of four regional finalists for the 2016 TIME Dealer of the Year award.
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. The announcement of this year’s national TIME Dealer of the Year and finalists was made by Meredith Long, publisher, TIME, and Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial, at the formal opening of the convention, which was expected to draw more than 20,000 individuals involved in the automobile industry.
In 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.
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. Meador, 65, was chosen to represent the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 50 auto dealers from 16,000 nationwide – nominated for the 47th annual award. 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.
“We 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 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.
Meador is most proud to have been named the number one new car dealer in the Idaho State Journal’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards. “We have received this distinction for the past seven years and it is very meaningful to us to be named the people’s choice,” he said. “It means we are doing the right things for those we care about the most.” 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.
Recent Idaho Winners, 2015-2008, with photos & biographies
Past Idaho Winners from 1971 to 2007
2007 -- Denny Thompson, Orofino
2005 -- Dan Wiebold, Nampa
2003 -- Larry Chetwood, Meridian
2001 -- Jim Chalfant, Nampa/Boise
1999 -- Con Paulos, Jerome
1997 -- Roy Raymond, Twin Falls
1995 -- Graye Wolfe, Boise
1993 -- Dave Munroe, Buhl
1991 -- Park Price, Pocatelo
1989 -- Duane Wolfe, Caldwell
1987 -- Emmett Harrison, Twin Falls
1985 -- Jack Parker, Sandpoint
1983 -- Tom Smith, Blackfoot
1981 -- Marlyn Blayden, Salmon
1979 -- Jack Robideaux, Coeur d'Alene
1977 -- Bob Rice, Boise -- NATIONAL WINNER
1971 -- Hank Wills, Twin Falls
2006 -- Eve Knudtsen, Post Falls
2004 -- Steve Wackerli, Idaho Falls
2002 -- Tom Addis, Coeur d'Alene
2000 -- Jules Harrison, Twin Falls
1998 -- Randy Hansen, Twin Falls -- NATIONAL WINNER
1996 -- Jock Pring, Lewiston
1994 -- Larry Crnkovich, Idaho Falls
1992 -- Doug Parker, Coeur d'Alene
1990 -- Dave Wall, Sandpoint
1988 -- Tony Copeland, Lewiston
1986 -- Wayne Knudtsen, Coeur d'Alene
1984 -- John Zimmer, Moscow
1982 -- David Edmark, Nampa
1980 -- Frank Ellsworth, Idaho Falls
1978 -- Bus Goode, Rupert
1975 -- Milan Ryder, Weiser