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Tuesday January 27

Jack Thompson Honored with AIADA Lifetime Achievement Award

The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) has honored longtime member and past director John H. (Jack) Thompson of Doylestown, PA with the David F. Mungenast, Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, named after the late AIADA Chairman and legendary St. Louis-area automobile dealer, was presented during AIADA's 39th Annual Meeting and Luncheon held in New Orleans in January.

"This year's award winner has claimed the respect of dealers and industry employees in all corners of the country," said AIADA President Cody Lusk."Jack is remarkable not just for his unwavering commitment to protecting the livelihoods of international auto dealers, but also for his strength as a leader and his reputation for generosity."

Thompson was one of the first Toyota dealers in the United States, opening for business in 1969. In 1989 he once again blazed a trail as one of the country's first Lexus dealers. He credits his success, and correspondingly high customer satisfaction and retention scores, to the philosophy that he is not in the car business, but the people business. In 1997 He won the Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year award and in 1998 the Sports Illustrated Dealer of Distinction.

Thompson's love of cars extends past the office. Over the years he has accumulated one of the largest vintage car collections in the country, focused primarily on vintage race cars and European models. He is a member of the Sport Car Club of America and has served as that organization's chief executive steward. Active in his community, Thompson has also served as a board member of the land preservation group Heritage Conservancy, as the title sponsor of the Doylestown Arts Festival, and as a host of the annual Susan G. Komen Drive for the Cure.

Currently, Thompson owns and operates three dealerships in Doylestown, PA. He has been a member of AIADA since 1975.

In his acceptance speech, Thompson reminded the crowd, "We are in a downturn now, but this is when we as dealers make our best decisions for tomorow."

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