Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers in Norcross, Ga.,recieves the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year award. Photo: Stephane Babcock
Richard Reynolds, president of Peach State Truck Centers in Norcross, Ga., has been named the 2018 Truck Dealer of the Year by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine and American Truck Dealers.
Truck Dealer of the Year is a national award that recognizes commercial truck dealers for business performance, industry leadership, and community service.
Reynolds received the award on March 23 at a ceremony during the 2018 ATD Show in Las Vegas.
Reynolds joined Peach State Truck Centers in 1995 as a second shift service advisor, holding service, warranty, and leasing roles. He graduated from the ATD Dealer Academy and moved into strategic project leadership and was appointed president in 2007. He has invested 22 years of his career as a truck dealer, representing Freightliner, Western Star, and Ford Trucks.
Under Reynolds’ leadership, Peach State has grown from a single Ford and Sterling dealership to 7 separate brands with 11 locations in Georgia and Alabama, 180 service bays, and total annual sales of $1 billion.
Reynolds was one of seven nominees for the award, operating in 18 different states and representing 10 different truck OEM brands. Nominees were selected by state, metro, and national association leaders. A panel of professors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business evaluated the nominees on dealership performance, industry leadership, civic contributions, and community service.
This year’s runnerup Finalist was John Arscott, CEO of The Pete Store in Baltimore, Md. The Pete Store operates 14 locations in 7 states, stretching from Massachusetts to Georgia.
The other five nominees for this year’s award were:
Joseph Alosa, Sr., president/CEO of New England Kenworth in Concord, N.H. Mark Bergey, president of Bergey’s Truck Centers in Souderton, Pa. Jon Vandehey, president/CEO of Mid-State Truck Service in Marshfield, Wis. Lee White, II, president of Old River Companies in South Richland, Miss. Craig Young, president of Young Truck Sales in Canton, Ohio
Read what all seven nominees have to say about dealer trends affecting fleets in the April issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.