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Rob Bardonski (McCord’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep – Longview) wins Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year

 

 

 

Robert Bardonski, McCord’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep, received the “Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year” award at the WSADA annual convention in April.  Selected by a committee of his peers, the Association’s award recognizes Rob’s contributions to the auto industry, quality dealership operations and outstanding community service.

He didn’t grow up in the industry.  At 21, he applied at a dealership in Portland, where the hiring manager advised him to work his way up to get a job at a Datsun store, and where he started selling cars in 1976. In two years, he moved on to sell Datsuns at McCord’s in his hometown of Longview.

Trying to find his way, he worked different jobs, and by 1981 was at the other McCord-owned store in Vancouver. Eventually, he became a 20% co-owner and helped the store attain a level of success that buoyed the company through difficult times. Over time he increased his share in the store.

Now the full owner at McCord’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Rob has been instrumental in the store’s support for charities like Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society, where he helped fund a program to support breast cancer screening for local women without money or insurance.  He helps the Humane Society get animals through the long winter, and works with Child Services to give families meals and presents during the holidays. For over 3 decades, he has supported Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo, entertaining families and promoting local businesses.

A constant presence at every WSADA event, he also is a committed Grassroots Team member, even winning the 2022 WSADA’s Grassroots Ambassador award.

“He is a shining example of what you can achieve if you are hard-working, driven, and care for your customers and employees,” said Alan Gamblin, Art Gamblin Motors, Chair of the 2024 RPM Dealer of the Year Committee.

 

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