Glockner wins national recognition for community service

By Ryan Ottney

November 8, 2013

The nomination of Andrew Glockner, dealer principal at Glockner GM Superstore, a Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC dealer in Portsmouth, for the 2014 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME.

Glockner is one of a select group of 57 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 97th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Jan. 25, 2014. The announcement of this year’s nominees was made by Jed Hartman, group publisher, Time Inc. News and Business, and Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial.

“The dealers nominated for this award are community heroes, as well as economic and civic leaders, who have time and again shown their dedication to making a difference,” said Russi. “Ally is pleased to once again be supporting these dealers in their efforts to create vibrant, thriving communities.”

In its third year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on the recently launched website, AllyDealerHeroes.com, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of auto dealers across the U.S.

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. Glockner, 61, was chosen to represent the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 57 auto dealers from 17,000 nationwide – nominated for the 45th annual award. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.

“The Glockner family has been providing transportation in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky for more than 160 years and six generations,” nominee Glockner said. “Our generation, just like the first, is proud to be part of this community and to serve the transportation needs of its citizens.”

A 1971 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth, Glockner earned a degree in business administration, majoring in accounting, from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, in 1975. The school prepared him to enter the family business, which began as a hardware store that sold bicycles in 1847. A Chevrolet dealership was awarded in 1912 and, according to Glockner, it remains one of the oldest continuously owned and operated Chevrolet franchises today. “When potential customers wanted to know what to do with their horse and buggy if they bought a new car, my family would take them in as trade,” he noted. “Thus, we became the first horse traders in automotive history.”

Glockner’s father, “Ebby,” and Glockner worked hard to expand the business, and today, Glockner Enterprises consists of four new car franchised stores, eight independent used car stores, a commercial leasing agency, an independent insurance agency and an oil distribution company. Ebby was the recipient of the TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award in 1978. Glockner took the reins when his father retired in 1982. He is now grooming his three sons to take over the company.

“As the sixth generation of Glockners active in the business, Tim, Joe and Mike are poised for the future to grow the enterprise,” Glockner said. “They all have a great passion for providing good jobs and for serving the public. Their willingness to carry on a family tradition in automotive excellence makes this father very proud.”

Glockner’s keen business sense was recognized by Ohio Governor John Kasich who appointed him as a private citizen representative in 2010 to work with the Scioto County and state auditor’s office to create an action plan to reestablish economic growth and stability in the area, which they have succeeded in achieving.

He has devoted his time and talent to the Boys Scouts of America, where he has worked with young people and served as finance committee chairman. “The Boy Scouts have produced and continue to produce great leaders for our communities and our country,” he explained. “The values instilled in these young men are essential in developing future leaders and stewards of this country.”

His charitable efforts extend beyond the nation’s borders, as he established and funded a loan program to help capitalize start-up businesses in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, after visiting the area on a mission trip with his wife and daughter in 2012. “I have currently funded 23 small business loans with plans to fund four to six new loans every month,” he said.

In addition, the Glockner Family Foundation funds community service projects such as church and school programs, food pantries, social services and autism projects. He supports the American Red Cross, United Way and many other groups. Glockner added, “This business has allowed me to become well connected in our community and has given me the ability to support many charities and worthwhile causes.”

Glockner was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Tim Doran, president of the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Barbara, have five children and seven grandchildren.

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