Richard Ryan of South Carolina was named Saturday, April 16, as the national Truck Dealer of the Year at the American Truck Dealers annual conference, held this year in Phoenix. The award recognizes excellence in dealership performance, industry leadership, civic contributions and community service.
“I’ve had a wonderful career,” said Ryan, president and chief executive officer of Carolina International Trucks in Columbia, S.C., who began in the business as a sales trainee for International Harvester Co. in 1972. “And I’ve really loved it.”
Eric K. Jorgensen, president and CEO of JX Enterprises in Waukesha, Wis., was named the runner-up for the national award. The other nominees were Richard Kane, owner of Grand Truck Center in San Antonio; Erick Miner, president of Central Illinois Trucks Group, Inc., in Normal, Ill.; and Craig Young, president of Young Truck Sales Inc., in Canton, Ohio.
The winner and runner up were chosen by a panel of professors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.