Quality Dealer of the Year

Quality Dealer of the Year

 

Dealer-Members are eligible to receive the Ohio State Quality Dealer Award by nomination. The winner is then paid individual travel expenses to attend the National Convention and compete for the National Quality Dealer Award. Both awards are given annually to the member dealer for outstanding service to the industry and the community.


2020 Quality Dealer of the Year

George Shehadeh
2020 Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year
West 40 Auto Sales – Cambridge, OH

George started in the car business purely by accident. While studying Political Science in college, one of his friends asked if he’d go with him to the local Honda dealer to buy a new Civic. George noticed how busy the dealership was and made a comment to the salesman “why don’t you guys hire some help around here”, well, before he knew it; he was a car salesman at Tansky’s. After a few good weeks of selling cars, his plan of moving to Columbus and taking an entry level job in his field of study…. making ½ of what he was making with cars…. became a forgotten dream.

A couple years later in 1990, Tansky’s started to expand from new car stores to used car outlets focusing mainly on BHPH. When they decided to open a location in his hometown of Cambridge, George threw his name in the hat to be the manager. They gave him a shot.

After John Tansky passed, the family decided in 2002 to let George buy the Cambridge dealership. Estimating the value of receivables, property values, and equipment, mixed in with the 6 siblings who all seemed to have varying opinions on everything…made it a daunting task. When it became apparent that George was going to have trouble coming up with the collateral necessary, his good friend Greg Ley became his business partner and West 40 Buy Here Pay Here transformed into what is today… West 40 Auto Sales.

With the philosophy to always treat everyone with respect no matter what their financial or personal situation, their goal is to sell everyone a decent vehicle at a decent price.


2019 Quality Dealer of the Year

Steve Friedman
2019 Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year
Friedman Used Cars – Bedford Heights, OH

Steve came into the business naturally; his father became a used car dealer in 1945 after serving in World War II. His father, along with Steve’s two uncles built an empire known for “The Best Deals in Town”. In 1957, Steve’s father bought Ralph Stewart Buick and by 1962, Friedman Buick was the 12th largest Buick dealer in the US. Steve started as a porter in 1974 and worked his way up. Parts driver, service writer, salesman, and general manager gave him the experience he needed when he took over as dealer principal in 1993. Steve ran the dealership until 2001 when the Cleveland Clinic purchased the property.

The Friedman’s were always used car oriented. After selling the property and deciding that Gm wanted way too much for another Buick franchise; Steve renewed the Friedman Lease license and went back to the family roots of selling used cars. After seeing what happened in 2008, Steve knows he made the right decision.

In the 40 years the Friedman’s were in business, they never went court. Their reputation was their bond. They believed that if a dealer made a fair profit, didn’t brag, and treated their customers right; the customers would recommend them to their friends and relatives BUT if the customer felt they were taken advantage of, they’d never see them again and they’d spread their bad experience. Steve has followed in their footsteps.

Whether serving as the high school booster president, day camp liaison, or Jewish big brothers & sisters, Steve is an active member of his community. Nominated for the OIADA quality dealer award in 2017 and voted one of the Top 13 Used car dealers in Cleveland by Expertise in 2017 and 2018.