Second Runner-Up Congratulations to Louisiana’s Donald Mendoza for being named NIADA’s National Quality Dealer Second Runner-Up! Don was honored among the top three dealers in the nation at the National Quality Dealer awards banquet, held during the NIADA Convention and Expo.

Don’s Automotive Group, a leading Louisiana auto dealer with more than 150 employees in four locations throughout the state, was awarded the prestigious title of State Quality Dealer of the Year by Louisiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association. With this award came the nomination for National Quality Dealer of the Year. This coveted award is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.

Nominees for the award are selected by the state association for outstanding service to his or her community and to the industry. NIADA sent all nominee dealers a very detailed packet to return to the selection committee.

Included in the Mendozas’ packet were personal and company biographies as well as letters from past and present employees, pastors, several charities they support, and customers. The packet also included pictures of their facilities and some of the many awards received over the years.

Don’s Wholesale, LLC began in 2004 with single car out of a rented shop with little traffic. Donald and Danielle Mendoza, owners of Don’s Automotive Group, have worked hard to grow their business. Their dealership has grown to four retail locations, a parts/service/accessories/paint and body shop and large accounting department with 132 total employees.

With deep roots in the southern Louisiana area, the Mendozas are grounded in their faith and are actively involved in the community. The dealership has been recognized by the local government as a distinguished business and given the key to the city of Lafayette.

Don lives and runs his business with the philosophy: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Committed to his local community, Don helps in causes such as Down’s Syndrome Association and the families involved in Maddie’s Footprints, Trinity Outdoors and more.

For more information about Don’s Automotive Group, visit www.DonsWholesale.com. To learn more about the NIADA award, please head to www.niada.com and www.niada.com/national_quality_dealer_of_the_year.php.

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