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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.


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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.







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2018 Quality Dealer of the Year


Chris Haus

2018 Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year

Haus Auto Group – Canfield, Ohio


In 1994, Chris started his automotive career with Vintage Auto Group. His love for cars and attention to detail aligned perfectly with his first job as a vehicle detailer. It wasn’t long before Chris was promoted and was responsible for the placement, appearance, and reconditioning of all retail and wholesale vehicles.

In 1998, Chris joined his father at Ron Haus Motor Cars as a buyer and after a few years, became the Operations Manager. Over the next six years, Chris developed wholesale sales of more than 2100 units per year while managing valuable relationships with both customers and vendors.

Chris leveraged his previous business experience and in 2004 successfully designed and developed a 12 bay Automotive Service facility, and developed the Internet Sales and Marketing department.

In 2007, Chris started a Related Finance Company to purchase the buy here, pay here installment contracts from the dealership and added the responsibility of Sales Manager to his list of duties in 2008.

Chris established Chris Haus Auto Sales in 2010, while still working with the Ron Haus team; to expand his existing and successful wholesale relationship with the JD Byrider Company and in 2012, expanded Chris Haus Auto Sales DBA Haus Auto Group into its own retail and sales facility.

With 22 years in business, and 25 employees, Haus Auto Group is a proud participant in the community. Offering free unlimited car washes to all their customers, it’s common for friends and customers to come by and hang out or just drop in and say hi.







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2017 Quality Dealer of the Year



David Rolfes & Matt Cahill

2017 Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year
David Rolfes & Matt Cahill - Select Motors, Celina, OH

Dave Rolfes grew up in Celina, Ohio. Dave began his career in the car business in 1978 as a salesman at Bruce Green Ford. In 1982, he decided to venture out on his own into used car sales and opened Coldwater Auto Sales in Coldwater, OH. Two years later, Dave opened a second dealership located in Celina and named it Select Motors. After six years of operating both locations, Dave expanded the property in Celina to include a total city block for frontage. In 1988, Dave closed Coldwater Auto and moved the entire business to Celina doing business as Select Motors. In 2007, longtime salesman, Matt Cahill became part owner. Matt, who grew up in St. Henry, OH joined the staff at Select in 1986 as a part time salesman while working full time at Crown Equipment. Over time, cars and car sales became Matt’s passion and Matt went full time in 2002. Just like the working relationship of Dave and Matt, Select Motors has grown into a solid and successful dealership over the last 32 years. In addition to monetary donations from the dealership, the employees of Select donate numerous hours of their time to charities and community events. They have 7 full time employees and 2 part time, with average sales of 400 vehicles per year.









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2016 Quality Dealer of the Year



Dan Reel

2016 Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year
Reel’s Auto Sales- Orwell, Ohio

Reel’s Auto Sales opened its doors in the fall of 1998. The dream that became a reality started with a bicycle ride between a father and son as they rode by a building that had once been a Studebaker dealership built in 1958 and deserted for nearly a decade. Dan’s father “Louie” Petkovski and his family immigrated to the United States from Yugoslavia in the spring of 1970. After years of work in a Cleveland area steel mill, Louie moved to a more rural area of Northeast Ohio where he found employment at a used car dealership. Louie convinced the owners to let his son Tony come and work at the dealership and after a couple of years Tony realized he wanted to sell cars. Between the two of them they were learning all the aspects of the business. Louie’s youngest son Dan would come in after school and on weekends as a lot attendant and porter until he graduated from high school and joined the Army. In 2001, Dan joined the family business and started out as the title clerk before moving to sales. As a team Louie, Tony, and Dan built a sound reputation within the community and with their customers. Louie distributed his portion of ownership to Dan in 2008 when he found himself losing a battle to Hepatitis C and End Stage Liver Cancer. Louie passed away on September 5th, 2008. Dan and Tony have continued on the blueprint that Louie had drawn up and are now selling an average of 450 vehicles a year and have 8 employees.






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2015 Quality Dealer of the Year


Scott Welch

2014 Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year

Lock 20 Auto, LTD


The list of candidates was narrowed down to two finalists.  At the request of one of the nominees, the finalists were not disclosed at the awards dinner but the winner was announced. 

The OIADA Nominating Committee had the task of judging and scoring both candidates to come up with a winner.  The scores were tallied up and a winner was decided.  Both nominees along with the OIADA Nominating Committee were kept in the dark until the awards dinner where the announcement was made and the winner that will go on to represent the State of Ohio at the NIADA Convention in June is......









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2013 Quality Dealer of the Year



Jeff Smiley

2013 Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year


The list of candidates for 2013 was narrowed down to three finalists and on December 8th the Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year was announced at the Annual Awards Banquet in Columbus, Ohio. The final three candidates were: Jason Goss of Auto Direct in Columbus, OH, David Huber of Huber Automotive Inc. in Heath, OH and Jeff Smiley of Smiley Automotive Inc. in Norwalk OH.

The decision of choosing the winning candidate was once again a difficult task for the selection committee as all three of the nominees this year far exceeded the expectations and the requirements of being a candidate. Although all three of our candidates this year were winners there can only be one chosen as the OIADA representative who will travel to the NIADA Convention in June to compete for the coveted title of NIADA National Quality Dealer of the Year.

The dealer who was chosen the 2013 OIADA Quality Dealer of the Year was Jeff Smiley of Smiley Automotive Inc. in Norwalk, OH.







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2012 Quality Dealer of the Year



Mike D’Andrea and Mark Meadows

2012 Ohio Quality Dealer of the Year and
NIADA NATIONAL QUALITY DEALER OF THE YEAR

Miracle Motor Mart & Priced Right Cars


The list of candidates this year was narrowed down to three finalists and on December 3rd the winner was announced at the Annual Awards Banquet in Columbus, Ohio. The final three candidates were: Les Revennaugh of Mission Auto Connection in Coshocton, OH, Mike D’Andrea and Mark Meadows of Miracle Motor Mart in Columbus, OH and Jeff Smiley of Smiley Automotive in Norwalk OH.

The decision of choosing the winning candidate was once again a difficult task for the selection committee as all three of the nominees this year far exceeded the expectations and the requirements of being a candidate. Although all three of our candidates this year were winners there can only be one chosen as the OIADA representative who will travel to the NIADA Convention in June to compete for the coveted title of NIADA National Quality Dealer of the Year.

The dealer who was chosen the 2012 OIADA Quality Dealer of the Year was Mike D’Andrea and Mark Meadows of Miracle Motor Mart in Columbus, Ohio.

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