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TIME and Ally financial honor Terry Gilmore

Terry Gilmore wins national recognition for community service and industry accomplishments


Last updated 11/18/2021 at 12:40pm

NEW YORK – The nomination of Terry Gilmore, dealer principal at Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac in Temecula, California, for the 2022 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME.

Gilmore is one of a select group of 47 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 105th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Show in Las Vegas on March 11, 2022. The announcement of this year’s annual award was made by Viktoria Degtar, Global Chief Revenue Officer, TIME, and Doug Timmerman, president of Dealer Financial Services, Ally Financial.

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. Gilmore was chosen to represent the California New Car Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 47 auto dealers nominated for the 53rd annual award from more than 16,000 nationwide.

“The most rewarding aspect of my career has been changing the lives of people through our community outreach,” nominee Gilmore said. “My involvement has shaped my company and made it a better place to work.”

Gilmore, a 1965 graduate of Ritenour High School in St. Louis, Missouri, served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. His first job was at a local bowling alley in St. Louis, and he had dreams of becoming a professional bowler. But his life took a different path and after falling in love with Scottsdale while on vacation. Gilmore moved to Arizona in 1977 and secured a job selling cars at a dealership in Scottsdale.

Gilmore’s move to Scottsdale not only put him on a new career path but it was where he met his wife, Cindy, who was also selling cars at the dealership. The two eventually relocated to Ventura, California, and Gilmore was hired at Paradise Chevrolet, an opportunity that would change the trajectory of his career.

At Paradise Chevrolet, he advanced from used-car manager to new-car manager to finance manager and eventually, general manager. In 1992, Bob Gregory, the dealership’s owner, asked Gilmore to partner with him in a store in Temecula.

“And the rest is history,” he said. “I don't think I thought about being a dealer until I went to work for Bob, who believed in me and encouraged me to save my money. Bob's friendship, his high integrity and his belief in me made everything possible.”

Gilmore also credits his wife, Cindy of 41 years, for working as hard as he did to build the business. “Cindy shares my drive and dedication,” he said. “Having her by my side on this journey has been a blessing.”

Today, Gilmore’s daughter Katelyn is following in her dad’s footsteps. She has been the dealership’s top salesperson, spent two years in finance and is now in sales management. She is poised to be the next generation to oversee the family enterprise.

“Timing is everything in life,” he said. “I was fortunate to open a dealership so close to the start of our cityhood in Temecula. As one of the larger businesses, we were able to grow as the City of Temecula was experiencing tremendous growth as well.”

And Gilmore gives back to his adopted hometown by supporting numerous organizations and causes through donations and by rolling up his sleeves and getting involved. He helped establish the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County and has been a board member since 1993. He also serves on the advisory board of the Assistance League of Temecula Valley and has held leadership positions on the boards of area chambers of commerce (Temecula Valley and Murrieta/Wildomar) and a local health system.

Other groups that Gilmore supports include Hospice of the Valleys; Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley; Michelle’s Place Cancer Research Center; Jacob’s House; Our Nicholas Foundation (autism awareness); and Susan G. Komen Inland Empire, to name a few. He gets the most joy from providing Christmas to the families of terminally ill children through Cops for Kids.

For his good works and his contributions to Temecula, Gilmore was proud to be recognized on the City of Temecula Wall of Honor. “I was recognized as one of the 10 people who had the most impact on the city in its first 10 years of incorporation,” he said.

He added, “When my daughter Katelyn takes my place, I will have set a culture of ‘see the need, do the deed’ that she can continue for years to come.”

Dealers are nominated by the executives of state and metro dealer associations around the country. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year. Three finalists will receive an additional $5,000 for their favorite charities and the winner will receive an additional $10,000 to give to charity, donated by Ally.

In its eleventh year as exclusive sponsor, Ally also will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s 501(c)3 charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of TIME Dealer of the Year nominees.

“In cities and towns across the country, auto dealers make a big economic impact – going the extra mile to strengthen their communities,” said Doug Timmerman, president of dealer financial services, Ally. “It’s an incredible achievement to be nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year. The program not only recognizes leadership in business and customer service, but also a commitment to giving back and doing it right.”

Gilmore was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers Association. He and his wife have two daughters, Tina and Katelyn.

Submitted by Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac.


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