When it comes to successfully selling a car, the most important issue often comes down to auto industry financing. With the economy struggling to get back on its feet, many people have found it challenging to obtain a loan, some hoping to take advantage of alternative consumer credit to get behind the wheel of the automobile of their choice. Like any other industry, auto dealers are a competitive bunch, perhaps being best-known for over-the-top promotions in order to attract the most consumers to their dealership.
One person that has found a fair bit of success in the recent past is Judith Schumacher-Tilton, president of Tilton Automotive Group and the owner of Schumacher Chevrolet in New Jersey. She has risen to such a high level in fact that she was recently nominated by industry colleagues for a major industry award. Schumacher-Tilton was named as one of four finalists, and the first woman in the state of New Jersey to be nominated as the 43rd annual Time Dealer of the Year Award. The award nominees were chosen out of four different regions of the National Automobile Dealers Association and honors the person who has been making the biggest difference in their community. “This nomination is such an honor for me,” said Schumacher-Tilton. “Having come into the automobile business quite suddenly 13 years ago and being acknowledged like this by my peers today is a great moment.” She took over the reins at the dealerships in 1998 following the death of her father Harold and brother Ken. The award will be handed out during the National Automobile Dealers Association national convention in Las Vegas on February 4, 2012, with the winner being featured on the cover of time magazine. One of the reasons for the nomination is the fact that Shumacher Chevrolet is one of the top brand dealers in the entire country. Even if she doesn't win, Schumacher-Tilton's nomination is likely due to her dealerships' ability to extend auto industry financing to those with different credit scores. The car sales field is no longer just a man's world, with more and more women proving that they have what it takes to make sales at a high level.