David Waikem Nominated for Time Dealer of the Year

Dave Waikem

David Waikem was nominated for Time’s Dealer of the Year Award

Waikem Co-Owner David Waikem is nominated for Time Magazine’s 2014 Dealer of the Year award. Announced Thursday by Time Magazine and Ally Financial, Dave is one of 57 dealers nominated from across the country. Winner will be announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana on Jan. 25, 2014.

“The dealers nominated for this award are community heroes, as well as economic and civic leaders, who have time and again shown their dedication to making a difference,” said Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial. “Ally is pleased to once again be supporting these dealers in their efforts to create vibrant, thriving communities.”

Dave was nominated for this year’s award by Lou Vitantonio, president of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association. Dave co-owners the Waikem Auto Family with Brothers Doug and Chip Waikem. His son Craig Waikem serves as Internet Manager for the dealership, and his nephews Deuce and Chris Waikem serve in upper management at the family business.

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Craig Waikem, Internet Department Featured in Automotive News

Craig Waikem and the Waikem Internet Department were featured in Automotive News' 40 under 40 edition.

Craig Waikem and the Waikem Internet Department were featured in Automotive News’ 40 under 40 edition.

Craig Waikem and the Waikem Auto Family’s cutting-edge internet department was featured in Automotive News’ 40 under 40 special edition.

Waikem, the BDC and Internet Director at the Waikem Auto Family, was one of 40 people under the age of 40 nationwide to be featured in this section.

Craig is 28 years old and the thrid generation of the family-owned business on the Stark Auto Mile between Canton and Massillon.

“At a dealership where he works alongside his dad, two uncles and two cousins, Craig Waikem is making a name for himself,” Auto News says of Waikem.

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