Charlie Stringfellow: WANADAs choice for 2015 Time Dealer

Charlie Stringfellow: WANADAês choice for 2015 Time Dealer

WANADA is proud and pleased to announce to the membership that Charles S. Stringfellow, Jr, chairman of Brown Automotive, will represent the Metropolitan Washington region for the Time Magazine Dealer of the Year to be bestowed January 23, 2015 at the NADA Convention in San Francisco. The Time Dealer of the Year Award is a high honor in the automotive retailing industry and the dealers who are so recognized are among the most successful. WANADAês CEO John OêDonnell nominated Mr. Stringfellow for the TDoY award.

Overseeing the Brown Organization with its omnipresence here in multiple locations, offering the full gamut of new vehicle brands in Virginia and Maryland is prima facia evidence that Mr. Stringfellow is an auto dealer par excellence.

His many contributions over the years span numerous leadership positions he has held in the industry, having chaired two Washington Auto Shows, subsequent to chairing WANADAês Employee Benefits Committee in 2007-08. He has also been the longtime chairman of the VADA GSIA Workersê Compensation Program, a position he still holds for the Virginia dealer organization. Currently with WANADA, Mr. Stringfellow is poised to become its chairman-elect for 2015 having earlier served as the organizationês treasurer and corporate secretary. Overall, Mr. Stringfellow has served on WANADAês Board of Directors since 2002 and its Executive Committee since 2008.

In the community, Mr. Stringfellow was part of the 2005 leadership effort WANADA orchestrated through its Community Support Foundation, in tandem with NADAês Charitable Foundation that assisted fellow dealers and their people who were stricken by Hurricane Katrina. As chairman of the 2011 Washington Auto Show, Mr. Stringfellow led the fundraiser component of the Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award banquet where the legendary Carroll Shelby was honored. Dinner tickets went for the benefit of the Automotive Dealer Education Institute, WANADAês 501(c)(3) foundation, which is committed to encouraging dealership careers and managing dealership career education tracks. On a local community front, Mr. Stringfellow is on the board of the Fairfax City organization known as Spotlight on the Arts, which is an initiative designed to promote the arts to young persons, especially those with the aptitude and ambition to pursue careers in artistic fields of endeavor.

Charlie Stringfellow graduated with a degree in political science and history from Hampden-Sidney College in Hampden-Sidney, Va. He has always had a penchant for high performance and classic cars from which he took special pleasure in hosting the storied race car designer Carroll Shelby at the Keith Crain Lifetime Achievement dinner during the 2011 Washington Auto Show. He was honored in 2006 by Northwood University with its Dealer Education Award for his contributions to education generally and auto dealer education more specifically.

Mr. Stringfellow, as WANADAês choice for the Time Dealer of the Year Award, will be joined by dealers from across the U.S. who have been similarly put forth by dealer associations with which theyêre connected such that 50 or so dealers will be spotlighted at the NADA Convention in January. The TDoY Award is co-sponsored by Ally.

WANADA wishes Charlie Stringfellow all the best on the well-deserved recognition!

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