By Kaitlin Candelaria
Dignitaries from the Ford Atlanta Region paid a visit to Long Lewis Ford on Sept. 22 to present the company with a special award.
The car dealership, which dates back to 1915, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The award honoring their 100th year will go alongside the 29 Presidential Awards the family-owned Hoover franchise. The Presidential Award is an award presented to dealerships by Ford in recognition of excellent customer service and satisfaction. The awards began in 1998 and in the thirty years since, the Long Lewis dealership has received 29 awards, making them second to only one other Ford dealership in the country. According to officials, they award approximately 300 each year.
According to Alan Brauer, the regional manager for the Atlanta region, Long Lewis is a model for other franchises across the region and country.
“(The Presidential Award) is the most prestigious award we give,” Brauer said. “It’s really incredible because everyone wants to win it and to win it that many years — that just doesn’t happen.”