In a ceremony televised live from Caesars Palace to an online audience of 150,000 viewers, D’Andrea was chosen from the 21 State Quality Dealers nominated for the highest honor given to one of the NIADA’s 20,000 dealer members.
D’Andrea is co-owner of Miracle Motor Mart (http://www.miraclmotormart.com) in Columbus, a dealership he founded in 1989 with 40 cars and $150,000 worth of inventory. Miracle Motor Mart now has two locations and 46 employees, and has a combined inventory of more than 400 vehicles.
NIADA National Quality Dealer candidates are judged on a variety of factors, including contributions to the automotive industry and community involvement. A panel of judges from Northwood University selects the annual winner.
NIADA chief executive officer Michael Linn said D’Andrea “has provided a superior level of service for his customers, his community and his industry that is beyond reproach. He says his goal each and every day is ‘God first, others second and myself last.’
“Giving back to the community has always been on the top of his list – supporting youth summer camps, working for his church, distributing food, clothing, toys, medical supplies and prayer to more than 700 families each year. It is an honor and a privilege to bestow this great award to a well deserving dealer, member and automotive professional.”
D’Andrea, who played linebacker for Ohio State from 1979-81, and his partner, Mark Meadows, are heavily involved in charity projects in Columbus, including the Run the Race Club, St. Paul’s Outreach, Catholic Youth Summer Camp and St. Patrick’s Youth Ministry.
D’Andrea said his business prides itself on “teamwork, loyalty, ethics and honesty,” and said as the dealership has grown, “in that growth you’re almost forced to do more. You’re almost required to do more.
“I’m proud of NIADA’s commitment to encourage dealers to make a difference in their community. We have all been given a great gift of self-employment and being in a free country. … We have a great responsibility with all these gifts we have been given. Let us share them with our friends, our families and our community.”