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If you're looking for a reliable car dealer in Colorado or the surrounding area, it would be hard to go wrong at the Phil Long Dealerships.
This historic and reputable car dealership has been selling cars since it was started by highly decorated WWII naval fighter pilot Philip Long in 1945. Long passed away in 2001, but his legacy of fostering long-term business relationships and helping the community is still going strong.
In fact, that legacy is so strong that Long's partner and current Phil Long Dealerships President and CEO Jay Cimino recently received a tremendous honor.
Cimino is in the Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame
According to a report from Fox 21 News out of Colorado Springs, Cimino was one of the 50 inaugural members of the Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame. Inductees were reportedly chosen for their "character, innovation, community service and dedication to the industry." They were also chosen for their ability to set a shining example for other car dealers to follow.
Cimino's strong yet caring leadership style helped him achieve this honor, as did his commitment to his customers and community. His hometown of Trinidad, Colorado, has benefited greatly from his many philanthropic efforts.
The programs he has helped establish benefitting children, first-responders, military families, and natural disaster victims have made him a pillar of the community.
How did Cimino become Auto Dealer of the Year?
As a former Marine, Cimino values the qualities of integrity, loyalty, and perseverance. His own loyalty was on full display as Cimino successfully campaigned to make his friend and mentor's “Phil Long Ford” sign in Motor City named a Colorado Historic Landmark.
Cimino works hard to develop and foster a work environment that encourages healthy bodies, minds, and spirits. An on-site Health & Wellness Director oversees nutrition/diet programs, personal training, tobacco cessation classes, weight management programs, yoga classes, and more.
Since 2013, there's even been a free on-site health clinic and pharmacy for employees and their families at the Phil Long Collision Center in Colorado Springs. A doctor, PA, and RN provide treatment, managed care, and prescriptions at the clinic.
What's next for the Phil Long Dealerships?
Long-standing employee traditions like family picnics, holiday parties, and free Thanksgiving turkeys are sure to continue. More dealership gym facilities may join the three that already exist, as well as more health clinics. Employees will continue to receive recognition of their professional achievements and enjoy celebrations of their career longevity.
Perhaps most importantly, the Phil Long Community Fund (PLCF) will continue to foster the self-esteem and performance of young people in pursuit of education, sports, and recreation excellence. Since 1991, youth organizations across the Front Range have received more than $2 million in grants from the PLCF and 15 Fantasy Playgrounds have been built.
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