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Chuck Butler nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year

​Chuck Butler, co-founder and president of Butler Automotive Group, is one of 49 U.S. auto dealers nominated by TIME Magazine for the prestigious 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award. The award is in its 48th year.

Nominees will be honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans on Jan. 27. The award is co-sponsored by Ally Financial and in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealer Association.

According to TIMEdealeroftheyear.com website, the award is to "honor outstanding new-car dealers across America and their unyielding commitment to improving their communities.”

“I am very honored by this nomination, and I especially appreciate the Oregon Automobile Dealer Association for their recommendation to TIME, Ally and NADA for this prestigious nomination,” Butler said in a release announcing the nomination. “I’m humbled to be among this particular group of peers who are as committed to supporting projects in their communities as we are at Butler Automotive Group.”

In its sixth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally Financial will recognize the 2017 nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each dealer’s charity of choice. 

Previous winners have included Kitty Van Bortel of Van Bortel Motorcars in Rochester, N.Y., Andy Crews of AutoFair Honda in Manchester, N.H., Jeff Teague of Teague Auto Group in El Dorado, Ark., Michael Alford of Marine Chevrolet in Jacksonville, N.C. and Mike Shaw of Mike Shaw Automotive Group in Denver, Colo.

Founded in 1976, Butler Automotive Group comprises four dealerships owned and operated by Chuck and Linda Butler and Managing Partner Warren Cooper. Butler Ford, Butler Acura, Butler Hyundai, Butler Kia and the Butler collision repair shop, rental agency and service centers employ more than 120 people at their locations in Ashland and Medford. The Butler family of dealerships supports more than 35 local community organizations, as well as nationally recognized organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, according to the release.

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