NJ CAR is proud to announce that Eric Nielsen, the Dealer Principal of Dover Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Inc., was recently selected as New Jersey’s 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year (TDOY) Award winner. The TDOY recognizes new vehicle dealers in the United States for exceptional performance in their dealerships, combined with distinguished community service.
Nominations for the TDOY are submitted by NJ CAR members, and a winner is chosen by the NJ CAR Awards Nominating Committee, made up of the sitting NJ CAR Chairman and all past winners of this prestigious honor. A nominee must be a member of the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) and NJ CAR for at least five years. In addition, the individual should spend at least 60% of his or her time involved in dealership affairs. Eric will represent New Jersey in the National competition, which takes place at the NADA Convention in San Francisco, California, January 24-27, 2019.
Eric started his career in auto retailing as a part-time lot employee in the late 1970’s, while attending Technical School. With an incredible work ethic, he advanced through the ranks and, in 1982, became the Dealer Principal of Dover Chrysler Plymouth. He hasn’t looked back in the last 35 years, adding Dover Dodge, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall, Franklin Sussex Hyundai, Nielsen Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Nielsen Chevrolet and Nielsen Ford to his portfolio of dealerships.
Beyond his considerable business success, Eric demonstrates the generosity of those in the auto retailing industry, always ready to help a friend or organization in need. He supports many charities, including the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, as well as many local schools and hospitals.
Eric has also shown his commitment to the New Jersey auto retailing community serving, not one, but two terms as NJ CAR Chairman, one of the few individuals to do so in our 100-year history.
Please join NJ CAR in congratulating Eric on this great honor and wish him luck as he represents New Jersey on the national stage