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  • Honoring Mr. John McEleney, Dealership Owner of McEleney Chevy Buick Gmc Toyota of Clinton, Iowa

    by Representative David Loebsack

    Posted on 2013-02-28

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    LOEBSACK of iowa in the house of representatives Thursday, February 28, 2013 Mr. LOEBSACK. Mr. Speaker, today I would like to recognize Mr. John McEleney, an automobile dealer in Clinton, Iowa. John, owner of McEleney Chevy Buick GMC Toyota, was recently nominated for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year award sponsored by TIME Magazine and Ally. John was nominated by Bruce Anderson, President of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association, and was honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Exposition in Orlando. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the auto industry's most prestigious awards, recognizing both success in the industry and exemplary community service.

    John is a third-generation family dealer who operates a dealership first opened in 1914. He began washing cars and doing janitorial work at the dealership as a 13-year-old, and after graduating cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in business administration, he returned to Clinton in 1973 to join the dealership full-time. In 1976 John became dealer operator as a 24-year-old, carrying on the tradition of family ownership. John was chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association in 2009, a historic year in the auto industry, and he took part in many high-level policy discussions with the US Department of Treasury and the White House in an effort to fight for dealers across the country.

    In addition to his dedicated service at the family dealership and his work on behalf of the American auto industry, John has been a generous supporter of charitable efforts, including supporting the Iowa Automobile Dealers Foundation for Education and the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation. He also founded the ``Fill the Stocking Fund'' in Clinton that helps provide gifts and financial support for needy families within the community. John has chaired a successful fundraising campaign to support economic development in the Clinton area, as well as serving as president of the Clinton Rotary Club, on the Paul B. Sharar Foundation Board of Directors, and as vice president of the Mount St. Clare College board.

    On behalf of my constituents, I would like to thank John McEleney for his years of service to the Clinton community, the State of Iowa, and our nation. I know I join his colleagues, friends, and family in congratulating him for his nomination for TIME Dealer of the Year.


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