James Will honored as Washington’s 2014 Time Dealer of the Year
Titus-Will is honored to announce that our very own James Will has been selected as Washington’s 2014 TIME Dealer of the Year. The award recognizes the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.
Now in its 45th year, the TIME Dealer of the Year award is recognized as one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors.
“Our team members are the key to our success,” said James Will. “It is exciting to see them in action, doing their work professionally and really caring about creating the best experience and outcome for our customers and our business.”
“We are a family business and now have four generations in the mix — eight in total.” he said. “It is very rewarding to watch them learn, challenge, create and lead,” Will said, “It is particularly rewarding to be in the position to give back to our community, thanks to the success brought to us by our team members and family members. Over the course of the last three years, we have given more than $1 million back to our communities.”
One of his most meaningful philanthropic achievements was serving as a founding member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County in 2001. Before then, children in the area had no place to go after school.
“Kids were getting in trouble and performing poorly in school,” Will said. So the founding members brought together citizens, companies, the local school district, city and county government and the state legislature to take action and provide this needed service. “We now have four clubs and serve 2,300 kids,” he said. “The clubs have had a very significant positive impact on the children of our community.”
He is also proud of his role in preserving the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, motorcycles, trucks and automobile memorabilia in the world through the founding of LeMay — America’s Car Museum (ACM).
He worked for 14 years as a board member to help fund the 165,000 sq ft facility to house the vast collection of Harold LeMay, a Tacoma businessman, and his wife, Nancy. The museum opened in 2012 and Will serves as chairman of the board.
“The magnitude of the LeMay collection and its power to relate the story of the American experience with the automobile demands a new paradigm in transportation museums,” he said. “It is becoming a world-class tourist destination and is the largest privately held automobile museum in existence.”
We are a family business and now have four generations in the mix — eight in total…It is particularly rewarding to be in the position to give back to our community, thanks to the success brought to us by our team members and family members.
Will has also donated his time to the United Way, Rotary Club of Olympia, AAA Washington, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Allenmore Hospital and South Puget Sound Community College.
Will was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Vicki G. Fabre, executive vice president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Sally, have two children and four grandchildren.