By Ben Olson
Longtime Sandpoint car dealer Greg Taylor of Taylor & Sons Chevrolet was nominated for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award recently. Taylor is one of a select group of 49 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 27, 2017.
The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Taylor, 68, was chosen to represent the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 49 auto dealers from 16,000 nationwide – nominated for the 48th annual award.
“The most rewarding aspect of my retail automotive career is being successful enough to provide a comfortable living to many employees over the years and watching them and their families grow into productive citizens in our community,” Taylor said.
Of all of his community contributions, Taylor is most proud of building an athletic field at Sandpoint High School in and spearheading the fundraising drive for an adjoining athletic field house, which bears the name of his oldest son, Tucker Taylor, who passed away at the age of 17.
“It took two years [from 1993 to 1995] to build the field, and it was gratifying to watch 400 people show up on a Sunday morning to lay 18 semi loads of sod and transform what was once a dumpsite into a very useful addition to the school district,” Taylor said. “And then to get approval for the field house – and the volunteer labor and funds to build it in honor of my son – was very meaningful.”