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The finalists of the Urban Wheel 2013 Dealer of the Year awards have been announced.
Nominees were selected by local and national minority business and trade organizations. The three finalists are:
• Gail Burrus Martin - CEO, Martin Management Group, Bowling Green, KY
• Lori Lum Toyooka- President and General Manager, Lum's Auto Center, Warrenton, OR
• Evelyn Chatel - General Manager and co-owner, Freedom Toyota Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Harrisburg, PA
Martin is the CEO of Martin Management Group in Bowling Green, Ky. She continues the legacy of Cornelius Martin that began in 1985, along with her three children, Amber, Chadwick and Coleman, as owners of twelve automotive dealerships, two Harley-Davidson dealerships, Martin Management and Co-Mar Aviation.
Chatel is the general manager and co-owner of Freedom Toyota Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Harrisburg, Pa. Her career has been marked by significant accomplishments, due to her professional ambition, passion for the automotive business, and genuine caring for her customers and community.
Toyooka is the president and general manager of Lum's Auto Center, a multi-franchise dealership which includes Toyota, Scion, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge. She began the process of family business succession by working in sales and finance at Lum's Auto Center while attending and graduating from the Chrysler Sons & Daughters Dealer Academy and the National Auto Dealer Association Dealer Academy where she was president of her graduating class.