Northwood to Honor Seven with Dealer Education Awards


MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will honor seven automobile dealers from across the United States, The Netherlands and Germany with its annual Dealer Education Awards. The dealers are recognized for their individual contributions and efforts to improve education at all levels.

Since 1972, Northwood has recognized individuals in the automotive marketing field who have made noteworthy contributions to public or private education inside or outside of the industry. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention to be held this year in Orlando, FL.

The awards will be presented at a special breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2010, in the Junior Ballroom G at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL, for students, alumni and friends of the University.

“We have been recognizing outstanding dealers for 39 years and there has never been a time when their contributions have meant more to their communities than they do today,” said Keith A. Pretty, president of Northwood University. “These leaders have made outstanding sacrifices of time and resources. We are proud of all the Dealer Education Award winners and commend them for their leadership.”

Those being honored are:  Ronald R. Charron, co-owner, Boulevard Auto Center, Signal Hill, CA; Joe Falzon, president, Signature Ford Lincoln Mercury, Owosso, MI; Manfred Jetzlaff, Northeim, Germany; Raj Lally, vice president, Orange Buick GMC, Orlando, FL; Barron Meade, president, Meade Group, Utica, MI; Kevin P. Reilly, president/owner, Alexandria Hyundai, Alexandria, VA; and R.J. (Bob) Velthuis, president, Terwindt & Hekking, The Netherlands.

About Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills and personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers full-time, evening and industry specific master’s degree programs for entrepreneurs and executives in Michigan, Texas and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise on the Midland, Michigan, Campus specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through terms abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bahrain. Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.

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