Carl Swope is the 2017 Time Dealer of the Year.
Swope received the award at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention today. He owns Swope Toyota in Elizabethtown, Ky.
Forty-nine auto dealers were nominated for the award.
The program honors franchised new-vehicle dealers for exceptional performance in their dealerships and distinguished community service. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan selected four finalists and then the national winner.
The award is presented by Time magazine in partnership with Ally Financial and in cooperation with NADA. Ally, the exclusive sponsor, has donated $1,000 to the charity of choice of each of the 49 nominees. It will provide $10,000 to a nonprofit selected by Swope.