The Indiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association named Grote Automotive as its 2017 Joe Krier Quality Dealer of the Year.
The award was presented to Fred Grote at the association’s 30th Anniversary Golf Tournament and Awards Day held at Ironwood Golf Club in Fishers, Ind.
The Quality Dealer of the Year is chosen based on several criteria.
The dealership and dealer must be consumer oriented, and the dealer must have a record of good business decisions based on honesty and integrity. Also, the dealership and dealer must represent themselves as a civic leader in their community.
Grote Automotive is located in Fort Wayne. It was started by Fred and his wife Jackie in 2007.
Fred Grote had successfully managed several dealerships for other dealers throughout his career and finally decided he wanted to create a different experience for the customer. He wanted a dealership that specialized in special financing that helped those people that may have slipped through the cracks.
In addition to the Quality Dealer of the Year award, Grote Automotive was also named one of Indiana’s Top 100 Best Places to Work for 2017 and No.1 in Fort Wayne. The dealership was also named to the Inc. Magazine’s list of the Nation’s Top 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.
The dealership and the Grote family give generously to the community. Fred and Jackie Grote’s generosity began early when they decided to become foster parents, fostering over 30 children and adopting four of them as their own, with two of them involved in the business.
Grote Automotive sold 2,000 vehicles last year and Grote attributes the success of his dealership to his team of dedicated staff and the loyal customers.
Grote Automotive will represent Indiana at the National Independent Automobile Association Convention in Orlando, Fla. in June 2018 and compete with Quality Dealers from other states for the National Quality Dealer of the Year title.