, dealer principal of Camiones Especiales S.A. de C.V. in Mexico City, as the International Truck Dealer of the Year.
The Circle of Excellence program was established to recognize those International dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance in terms of operating and financial standards, market representation and customer satisfaction.
"This award is the highest honor an International dealer principal can achieve from the company," said Aida Tanaka, vice president, dealer operations. "The Circle of Excellence award recognizes the effort and dedication of all the dealership's employees. A highly skilled, professional staff is a critical success factor for any commercial truck dealership."
Navistar annually presents the International Truck Dealer of the Year award to only one of the more than 300 International Truck dealers and distributors throughout the world. The Dealer of the Year must be exceptional in all facets of the truck distribution business, including sales, parts and service. The International Dealer of the Year is also characterized by his or her distinguished level of investment back into the business, including investments in personnel, business processes and facilities.
Navistar chose Camiones Especiales as the International Dealer of the Year because it was among the highest performing International Truck dealers for sales and aftermarket support in 2009. During one of the most difficult truck markets in years, the distributor delivered more trucks than any other Mexican distributor. Camiones Especiales also built a new facility in 2009, expanding its market coverage to support the International brand.
"Bob Swaine has a rich history with the International brand," said Carlos Currlin, managing director, Navistar Mexico. "Bob's father, Desmond Swaine, started Camiones Especiales in Mexico 54 years ago. Bob joined the business in 1978 and has been a driving force behind the growth of International in Mexico. With more than 20 million people in Mexico City, Camiones Especiales serves the largest and most competitive marketplace in Mexico."
Navistar honored the following Circle of Excellence dealers:
Drew Linn, Southland International Trucks, Alabama
Lyle Bassett, Riverview International Trucks, California
David Kenney, Westrux International, Inc., California
Scott McCandless, McCandless Trucks Center, Colorado
John Maudlin, Maudlin International Trucks, Florida
Richard Rechtien, Rechtien International Trucks, Florida
Mike Waters, Waters Truck and Tractor, Mississippi
James Carello, Regional International, New York
Alan Steinberg, Truck King International, New York
Timothy Reilly, Miami Valley International Trucks, Ohio
Blair Roberts, Roberts Truck Center, Oklahoma
Richard Ryan, Carolina International Trucks, South Carolina
Terry Minor, Cumberland International Trucks, Tennessee
Richard Sweebe, Diamond International, Tennessee
Duane Kyrish, Longhorn International Trucks, Texas
Blaine Roberts, Roberts Truck Center, Texas
G. Russ Trimble, Trimble Southwest International Trucks, Texas
Ed Kyrish, Texas Truck Centers of Houston, Texas
Thomas Thayer, International Truck Sales of Richmond, Virginia
Ed Pace, Lake City Trucks, Utah
William Reilley, Sr., Lakeside International LLC, Wisconsin
Brad Glover, Glover International Trucks, Canada
Gerald Tallman, Kemptville Truck Centre, Canada
Francisco Margozzini, Maco International SA, Chile
Humberto Duque, Comercial Internacional, Colombia
Alberto Ponce, Agencias Mercantiles, Mexico
Roberto Swaine, Camiiones Especiales, Mexico
Jorge Martinez, Tracto Camiones USA, Peru