2017 Time Dealer of the Year

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(From L-R): Meredith Long, senior vice president at Time Inc., Carl Swope, president of Swope Toyota, and his wife, Anne, and Tim Russi, president of auto finance at Ally Financial. (Click to enlarge)

Carl Swope, president of Swope Toyota in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was named the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year. Swope was selected from a group of 49 nominees from across the country, and recognized at the NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans on Friday.

"I have realized how powerful a force our dealerships can be if I encourage and support all of our leadership and associates to get involved," Swope said about his efforts in the community. "Together, we are making Elizabethtown and the central Kentucky region a better place."

In its sixth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally donated $1,000 to the charity of choice for each of the dealer nominees and will provide $10,000 to the nonprofit selected by the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year winner. In addition, the three finalists, as well as the state Automotive Trade Association Executive (ATAE) who nominated the 2017 winner, will each receive a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit organizations of their choice. All nominees are featured on AllyDealerHeroes.com, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of auto dealers across the United States.

The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry's most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Learn more

(Source: TIME / Ally)