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David Wintrode Named 2006 TMQDA Winner in New Jersey

Nov 21, 2006

NJCAR is proud to announce that David C. Wintrode, President of Causeway Ford Lincoln Mercury Jeep and Causeway Honda, was recently selected as NewJersey’s 2006 TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award (TMQDA) winner. The TMQDA recognizes new vehicle dealers in the United States for exceptional performance in their dealerships combined with distinguished community service.

Nominations for the TMQDA are submitted by NJCAR members, and a winner is chosen by the NJCAR Awards Nominating Committee made up of the sitting Chairman and all past winners of this prestigious honor. A nominee must be a member of NADA and NJCAR for at least five years. The individual should spend at least 60% of his or her time involved in dealership affairs. David will represent NewJersey in the national competition, which takes place at the NADA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 2007.

NJ CAR will honor David at a Breakfast that will be held at Caesars Palace-Las Vegas, in the Tiberius Ballroom-8 on Sunday, February 4, 2007, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.

David began his automotive career in 1961 when he joined Ford Motor Company’s Sales Division in Michigan as a management trainee, eventually transferring to Ford’s regional office in Teterboro, NewJersey and working his way up the management ladder. He purchased a small Ford dealership in 1969. At the time, the 7,700 square foot dealership had 17 employees. It has grown significantly to a 98,000 square foot facility with five new vehicle franchises and 172 employees.

David has received many awards in the automotive field, including Ford Motor Company’s President’s Award for automotive excellence and customer satisfaction. He is one of only two Ford dealers in the entire country who has won the award for 20 consecutive years.

In addition to his professional success, David has worked with many organizations to improve the quality of life for everyone in the communities in which he lives and works. He helped found the United Way of Ocean County in 1978, where he served as a past President and remains on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is a 29-year member and past President of the Southern Ocean Rotary and helped create the Literacy Coalition of Southern Ocean County.

David lives in Toms River, New Jersey with his wife, Roberta, and their three children, Lisa, David and Tim and their families, which include seven grandchildren.