MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery dealership president is celebrating after being nominated by TIME Magazine and Ally Financial for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year Award. He is recognized in the area of Community Service and Industry Accomplishments.
The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service. Ray Ingram, President of Jack Ingram Nissan, is among one of a select group of 55 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 98th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo.
“The dealers nominated for this award are dedicated business owners, auto lovers and, most importantly, champions for their local communities, with a willingness to give back on a grand scale,” said Tim Russi, President of Auto Financial for Ally Financial. “Ally is proud to honor and support these dealers as they work today and tomorrow to build better places to live, work and do business.”
Ingram started selling Fords in 1953, eventually moving to a dealership founded by his father, Jack Ingram, in 1959. He became dealer principal in 1982 and today, he is the sole owner of Jack Ingram Motors, which includes brands Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. His sons David, Douglas, John and Ivan and son-in-law Jack Terry work for the business.
He regularly donates computers, Christmas gifts and coats to the Brantwood Children's Home and contributes to the Marion Military Institute, Boys and Girls Ranches of Alabama, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Children's of Alabama hospital (University of Alabama in Birmingham) and the Boy Scouts of America, to name a few. He is also the incoming president for the Tukabatchee Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America and is on board of directors for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
Ingram is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have seven children and 13 grandchildren. He was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Thomas R. Dart, president of the Automobile Dealers Association of Alabama.