HONOLULU, HAWAII —Tom Griffin, President of Honolulu Ford has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious TIME Quality Dealer of the Year Award. Griffin is one of only 50 finalists nominated from among the 17,000 automobile dealers across the nation. Selected on the basis of their successful dealerships, dedication to community service and other accomplishments, Griffin will be honored at the upcoming National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention in Las Vegas.
The TIME Quality Dealer of the Year Award is sponsored by TIME Magazine partnership with Ally Financial and the NADA.
Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Griffin arrived in Hawaii in the early eighties, and brought his charismatic “Southern” charm to Hawaii’s auto business. He was a business partner at Windward Honda, and later joined Tony Matsumitsu at The Tony Corporation as Director of Operations before becoming President of Honolulu Ford. Hawaii’s original Ford dealership, founded in 1954, Honolulu Ford is the city’s largest most modern Ford sales, parts and service facility.
Under Tom Griffin’s direction, Honolulu Ford has always been deeply committed to giving back to the community. With a focus on charities and programs serving Hawaii’s youth, Griffin has provided consistent support for the Palama Settlement, YMCA and the Special Olympics.
Honolulu Ford’s involvement in our community, and low-pressure, but attentive customer service at the dealership are directly attributable to Tom’s down-home style and genuine friendliness. His open personality, developed in the deep South has transplanted perfectly into our land of Aloha.
Tom Griffin displays the blend of business acumen and community responsibility that epitomizes those honored by the TIME Quality Dealer of the Year Award.