Idaho Falls Peterbilt named North American Dealer of the Year

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Blake Jackson, dealer principal of Idaho Falls Peterbilt, was named Peterbilt’s 2008 North American Dealer of the Year at the Peterbilt Motors Co. Annual Dealer Meeting. For the second consecutive year, Bob Hunter, dealer principal of Hunter Peterbilt in Smithfield (Uniontown), Pa., was named 2008 Medium Duty Truck Dealer of the Year.

Idaho Falls Peterbilt achieved excellent results in key performance areas such as market share, market growth, parts and service sales and customer service. The dealership also provided exceptional customer service while simultaneously growing sales and expanding product offerings.

“Blake Jackson is a perfect example of what dedication and vision can achieve,” says Bill Jackson, general manager of Denton, Texas-based Peterbilt and Paccar vice president. “Blake is consistent and unwavering in his support of Peterbilt and the entire Paccar lineup of products, including PacLease, Paccar Financial and Paccar Parts, and most recently becoming our newest Paccar Winch distributor.”

Jackson operates seven exclusive Peterbilt dealerships, with locations in Colorado, Idaho and Utah. In 2008, he opened locations in Vernal and Murray, Utah, and in Jerome, Idaho. Awards recently presented for 2008 performance include the Best in Class award recognizing Peterbilt’s top performing dealers for the Idaho Falls branch, and the Platinum Oval award recognizing sales and service excellence for the Idaho Falls, Boise and Salt Lake City locations.

Hunter Peterbilt’s dedication to marketing and supporting the Peterbilt medium-duty product line has resulted in a consistent gain in market share and increase in sales. The Hunter success formula consists of excellent customer service, strong body-builder relationships, marketing expertise and utilization of all Peterbilt resources, including the state-of-the-art production facility in St. Therese, Canada.

“Hunter Peterbilt is successful because they market the full range of Peterbilt medium-duty models to a wide spectrum of customers with multiple applications,” Jackson says. “The Hunter family of dealerships has a diverse sales and marketing approach.”

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The Hunter family has 12 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. During their 25 years of partnership with Peterbilt, they have won numerous awards, including this year’s Best in Class award recognizing top performing dealers for Hunter Keystone Peterbilt in Lancaster, and Platinum Ovals recognizing sales and service excellence for stores in Lancaster, Uniontown and Eau Claire, Pa. Hunter Peterbilt has received a Platinum Oval award every year since 1992.

Peterbilt also announced the winners of its 2008 Best in Class award that recognizes the top performing dealers from its 247 locations:

  • Eric and Kurt Jorgensen, Peterbilt Illinois-Rockford, Rockford, Ill.;
  • Eddy Stahl, Stahl Peterbilt-Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta;
  • Marvin and Rusty Rush, Rush Peterbilt Truck Center-Denver, Denver;
  • Glenn Larson, Peterbilt of Springfield, Strafford, Mo.; and
  • Bob and Harry Hunter, Hunter Keystone Peterbilt, Lancaster, Pa.
  • Additionally, Peterbilt announced the following award winners for 2008:

  • Bert Martin Jr. of Martin’s Peterbilt of Eastern Kentucky in London, Ky., received Peterbilt’s Red Oval of the Year award for the top performing pre-owned truck dealer; and
  • John Arscott of Peterbilt of Richmond in Richmond, Va., received the Peterbilt TruckCare Dealer of the Year award for superior aftermarket service.