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(L to R) Jessica Sibley, CEO of TIME; Ryan Case; Rita Case, TIME Dealer of the Year; Raquel Case Travaline; Greg Travaline; Doug Timmerman, Interim CEO of Ally Financial and President of Ally’s Dealer Financial Services

Her commitment to philanthropic causes includes support for American Heart Association and South Florida hospitals

TIME Dealer of the Year Rita Case

Las Vegas, Nevada – February 16, 2024 – Rita Case, president and CEO of Rick Case Automotive Group, the nation’s largest female owned and operated automotive dealer group in America, received the 55th Annual TIME Dealer of the Year Award, one of the automotive industry’s most prestigious and highest honors for a dealer. Awarded annually since 1970, the TIME Dealer of the Year Award, in partnership with Ally and National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), recognizes the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.

Rita and Rick’s impact extended beyond the showroom floor. They have had a profound influence in uplifting countless children and families in South Florida. Together, they created, developed and led fundraising initiatives that raised more than $100 million for organizations in South Florida, a legacy that Rita continues today. Her philanthropic efforts have been life-changing for residents who need a hand up.

American Heart Association

Over the past decade, Rita and her husband Rick, who passed away from cancer in 2020, dedicated time, leadership, support and creativity to help the American Heart Association (AHA) achieve goals and take the organization to new heights. They laid the foundation for the annual Broward Heart Walk, enabling the AHA to give the gift of time back to so many families in the community.

Thanks to a generous multi-year donation from Rita to AHA, multiple Broward County Public Schools in underserved neighborhoods will continue to receive newly upgraded CPR in Schools Training Kits™. In a rare move by a national organization to establish a perpetual recognition award, the AHA announced the inaugural Rita and Rick Case Changemaker Award during the 2023 Heart Ball. The award will be presented annually in perpetuity to someone who has made an impact, sets the tone, leads by example and inspires others to join the mission of the AHA. This is the first award of its kind in the AHA’s South Florida market.

Healthcare

Following a $50,000 donation by Rita at the 2022 Broward Health Ball, which raised almost $1,000,000 for cardiac care and other services across Broward Health, the Rita & Rick Case Echo Lab at Broward Health Medical Center was named. The lab features the latest echocardiography technology that creates images of the heart, blood vessels and blood flow levels that doctors use to assess heart function. An additional donation was made in 2023.

Rita, the Case family and the company also support Cleveland Clinic, Holy Cross Health, Memorial Health and Baptist Health.

More About TIME Dealer of the Year

Nominated by members of the Automotive Trade Association Executives, Rita represented the Florida Automobile Dealers Association as the Florida Dealer of the Year. Rita and 49 other dealers from around the U.S. were nominated from more than 16,000 dealerships. Rita is only the fifth woman to be named TIME Dealer of the Year.

“I want to thank TIME and Ally Financial for this recognition. I stand on stage with an amazing group of other dealers who all generously give of their personal time and resources to support and improve their communities. TIME Dealer of the Year is the highest honor and most prestigious recognition an auto dealer can receive from the auto industry, and I am humbled and grateful for this award,” Rita said, as she received the award during the 107th Annual NADA Show in Las Vegas. “I’m proud to be proof to the next generation that the auto industry is a great business and provides support to their community. It’s so much fun, and I’m hoping that all the dealers in the room will pass their dealerships on to the next generation so that we can continue to prove that the American dream is alive and well.”

Jessica Sibley, CEO of TIME, and Doug Timmerman, Interim CEO of Ally Financial and President of Ally’s Dealer Financial Services, announced Rita as the winner at the ceremony.

“Rita epitomizes the qualities the TIME Dealer of the Year Award was designed to recognize – a relentless determination to make this incredible industry even better and to support causes that strengthen her community,” Timmerman said. “She’s paved the way for women in the dealership business and found innovative ways to sell cars, while also working to provide those in need everything from housing and scholarships to healthcare and education.”

 

About The Rick Case Automotive Group

Founded in 1962, the Rick Case Automotive Group has been honored by Automotive News as the National All-Star Dealer and is one of the largest auto groups in America, offering Honda, Hyundai, Genesis, Ioniq, Volkswagen, Kia, Acura, Audi, Mazda, Maserati, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Honda Motorcycles and E-Z-Go golf carts. Celebrating more than 60 years in business, the Rick Case Automotive Group has 12 dealerships in Florida and Georgia. Those dealerships are known for holding national sales records, consistently ranking among the top performers in markets they serve. Rick Case Automotive Group is headquartered at 14500 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Sunrise, Florida. For more information, visit www.RickCase.com.