AIADA Presents Lifetime Achievement Award To Chicago Dealer Mike McGrath
Las Vegas (March 25) – The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) today announced Chicago auto dealer Mike McGrath as the recipient of its 2018 David F. Mungenast Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award during its 48th Annual Meeting and Luncheon in Las Vegas. The David F. Mungenast Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by AIADA’s Board of Directors annually to an industry leader who possesses a similar community spirit and devotion to the international nameplate auto industry as its namesake.
“Dealers are generous people, and few exemplify this more than Mike McGrath,” said AIADA President Cody Lusk. “He’s dedicated so much of his time and resources to giving back to his community, as well as our industry, so we are pleased to honor him with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”
McGrath and his family currently own and operate six dealerships in the Chicago area and served in various leadership roles across the industry. These include vice chairman of the Lexus National Dealer Council, Chairman of the Acura National Dealer Council, Director of the National Lexus Dealer Advertising Board, and Chairman of the Automotive Free International Trade PAC (AFIT-PAC).
In addition to running a successful group of dealerships, McGrath is known for his commitment to the community and several philanthropic causes, including the Northern Illinois University College of Business, which honored him in 2013 with its “Distinguished Alumni of the Year” award. He has also been recognized as an outstanding business leader by the 100 Club of Chicago, which presented him with its “Corporate Leadership Man of the Year” award in 2015.
During AIADA’s 48th Annual Meeting and Luncheon, the association also recognized California dealer Bert Boeckmann with its 2018 Fritz Hitchcock Advocacy Achievement award, which is presented by its grassroots initiative, the Legislative Action Network, to recognize members who have worked to improve awareness in Washington, D.C., of issues impacting America’s international automobile franchises. AIADA seeks to connect auto dealers with the legislative process, enabling them to be heard on concerns that impact their businesses. For more on AIADA’s awards, please visit AIADA.org.
About AIADA: Established in 1970, AIADA is and continues to be the only association whose sole purpose is to represent America’s international nameplate automobile franchises that sell and service the following brands: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Genesis, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Scion, Smart, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. These retailers have a positive economic impact both nationally and in the local communities they serve, providing more than 500,000 American jobs. Visit AIADA online at www.aiada.org.