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Ford salutes six dealers for outstanding work in their communities

For many Ford dealers, it’s not just about “moving metal,” it’s about giving back. “We have core values that we live by every day, here at the dealership,” says Natalie Tindol of Tindol Ford in Gastonia, N.C. “And part of that is being a big part of the community and doing the right thing, even when nobody's looking.”

Tindol is one of six Ford dealers worldwide who were recognized as part of the 17th annual “Salute to Dealers” awards this past January, which demonstrate the Ford commitment to its thousands of dealer owners who step beyond their showroom doors to make a difference.

Tindol definitely goes above and beyond. In her off-hours, she teaches fitness classes at the YMCA to help raise money for the organization’s scholarship fund, and has been a troop leader for a girls leadership program for 13 years. “We love Natalie!” says Tony Sigmon, director of the Gastonia County YMCA. “She’s one of our best cheerleaders in the community, always willing to jump in and be part of the work.” He points out that Tindol is leading his YMCA’s annual fundraising campaign and also serves on the Capital Campaign team, which aims to raise $20 million to open a new YMCA in Gastonia this fall. And that’s not all: Tindol has served as president of the Community Foundation of Gaston County, where she was instrumental in creating the annual Community Foundation Run, which benefits more than 100 local nonprofits. Amazingly, the run has raised almost $12 million in 11 years.

Tindol is joined in service by dealers across the globe. In 2016 alone, Ford and Lincoln dealers donated a total of approximately $114 million and 800,000 hours of volunteer time. Besides Tindol, the five other people honored in the 2017 Salute to Dealers awards are: Ken Crowley of Crowley Ford Lincoln in Plainville, Conn.; Alan Jay Wildstein of Alan Jay Ford Lincoln, Inc., in Sebring, Fla.; Vaughn A. Wyant of Jubilee Ford Sales Ltd. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Paul Brown of John Andrew Ford in Auckland, New Zealand; and Turgay Mersin of Sadıkoğlu, Uşak, Turkey.

Helping the community is simply part of operating a dealership, according to Tindol. “I like being able to take care of a major need for people,” she says of her work in the transportation industry. “When you team up with others and you care, the sky’s the limit!”

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