Yes, you read that title correctly. TIME Magazine, in association with Ally Financial, nominated Waterville, Maine’s very own Charlie Gaunce for the prestigious 2015 Dealer of the Year Award. We couldn’t be more proud of our president!
Charlie, 77, was one among a select group of 55 dealers from all over the country who were nominated for this exciting award. A whopping 17,000 auto dealers were examined for potential candidates, so the competition was fierce! The TIME Dealer of the Year Award is a coveted honor, presented only to dealers with a clear and demonstrable dedication to community service. And Mainers know that there’s no one who cares more about the surrounding community than Charlie! He’s contributed to, and served as vice president of an economic development team that brought 1,500 much-needed jobs to the area. He supports the Salvation Army, the Alfond Youth Center, the Waterville Opera House, Meals on Wheels Association of America, Coats for Kids and more. He’s also closely associated with the Rotary Club of Waterville, the Inland Hospital, the Inland Foundation and Waterville Main Street. Simply put, Charlie has a real big heart and genuine love for his home state!
We love Charlie here at Central Maine Motors Auto Group, so we wanted to take some time to congratulate him on his nomination for this prestigious award!
“WOW!!! What an incredible honor to be nominated for the Dealer of the Year Award! I can’t think of a person who deserves it more than you. I feel so proud to be a part of the incredible team of people you employ. Many congrats are being sent your way! Thank you for all that you do for your employees, customers and the community! – Judy Bedard
“Congratulations Charlie! It is a pleasure to work for such an amazing person. Your leadership and dedication is an inspiration to all of us”! — Jess McQuillan
“Congratulations on your award, there is no owner who deserves this more than you! You are a great leader and it is an honor to work for the Gaunce family! Congrats again!” – Lea Baird
“We are all very proud to work for Charlie!! A great owner, leader, teacher and friend who has inspired us all to give back to our communities. Congratulations for this well-deserved honor.” – Luxy LeClair
“Charlie, congrats!! You deserve it! Thanks for making us proud to work for Central Maine Motors Auto Group!” – Ben Mason
“Congratulations Charlie, it is a pleasure to work for a dealer of this caliber!” – Sheila Turcotte
Way to go, boss. We hope you win the big award in January!