Dearborn, MI, July 24, 2014 -- It was an exciting morning at The Henry Hotel for the team at George Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit, thanks to a special award given to Dealer Karl Zimmermann and company as part of Crain’s Detroit Business Salute to Entrepreneurs.
The annual awards program, attended by Matick's leadership team, welcomed everyone from banking and HR executives to up-and-coming start-up CEOs and business-industry editors.
Only five nominees won the award, divided into three revenue categories, with others for intrapreneur and social entrepreneur. The program recognizes entrepreneuers who are noteworthy for their innovation, problem-solving ability or sheer relentlessness.
Zimmermann/Matick Chevy won in the $30.1 million to $100 million category.
"This is such an honor," says Zimmermann. "Metro Detroit is brimming with the entrepreneurial spirit, especially now, so you can imagine that we were quite surprised and gratified to be singled out as a winner." title="Matick Chevy Receives Crains Award" rel="lightbox351959"
The judges look for those companies that not only are thriving but also those who practice community involvement, employee commitment and other remarkable endeavors.
Matick Chevy leadership team-- John Peters (left), Molly Williams, Jodi Dean and Ryan Esler -- accepted the Crain's Award.
Matick Chevy has been serving Corvette owners in metro Detroit and beyond since 1967 and has developed strong ties with Corvette aficionados, Corvette racing and Corvette sales and service. At any given time, Matick may have dozens of Corvettes in its main vehicle display area, which is the largest indoor showroom in Michigan.
Matick Chevy ranks in the top one percent nationally of Chevy dealers for new-car sales. Automotive News also honored Matick as a top 100 Best Dealerships To Work For award in 2012 and 2014.
As one of the top-ranked dealerships in Michigan in customer satisfaction for sales and service, the business and its 117 employees are involved in dozens of community events, from sponsoring the local Redford Little League to hosting Friday-night banquets for area sports teams to offering Safety Days with local Rotary Clubs.
As the dealership is in the throes of wrapping up a two-year, multi-million-dollar renovation that has touched every corner of the 13-acre campus, this has been a good time to showcase Matick's strengths in the entrepreneurial arena.
The environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices integrated into Matick Chevy's new design also contributed to the award. The updated facility will soon be LEED certified. And Matick's new stand-alone, state-of the-art body shop, where Corvettes get A-1 treatment, is growing into one of the largest in metro Detroit.