Mike Shaw named Time magazine’s auto dealer of the year

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Colorado Springs Buick and GMC auto dealer Mike Shaw has been named Time magazine’s 2012 Dealer of the Year.

Shaw, who also runs Chevrolet and Saab dealerships in Denver, Fountain and Castle Rock, as well as in Louisiana and Texas,  is the 43rd auto dealer to win Time’s annual award.

The announcement was made Saturday during the 95th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in Las Vegas, attended by 20,000 people.

Honorees are chosen on the basis of business success and demonstration of community support.

Shaw, 65,  will receive a $10,000 contribution to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of his choice.

More about Shaw

A 1964 graduate of Welasco High School in Welasco, Texas, Shaw earned a degree in business management at Texas A&M University, where he was a distinguished military student and graduate.

He later served as an officer in the U.S. Army and spent one year in Vietnam before returning home to refocus his career in the automotive industry, where he worked before leaving for service.

“I fell in love with the car business and knew instantly that was where I belonged,” he says.

After managing and owning a string of dealerships, he launched the “Mike Shaw” branded stores in 1994 with Mike Shaw Chevrolet Saab in Denver. Today, he has six other dealerships in Colorado, Louisiana and Texas.

For the past 17 years, he’s been involved with numerous projects and organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Urban League of Denver, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Colorado Aids Walk, Food Bank of the Rockies, American Cancer Society (golf classic), Crime Stoppers, Executive Women International and Seniors Inc.