Central Alberta’s Gary Moe has received the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta’s 2023 Dealer of Excellence Award.
On Monday, the association’s chair Glenn Smaha visited Gary Moe Hyundai to present the award to Moe, who is the president of Gary Moe Auto Group, which has seven dealerships in Red Deer, Stettler, Lacombe and Lethbridge.
“It’s pretty gratifying to win the award. There are a lot of people who I’ve joined in this group of recipients, like Garrett Scott and Gord Scott – they’ve won this award before,” Moe said.
Moe and his wife Susan first started a used car lot in Red Deer in 1985. Moe handled the inventory and sales, while Susan managed the business side – she had a former career in banking.
From 1988 to 2009, Moe owned Gary Moe Saturn in Red Deer. During that period he also acquired Mazda and Volkswagen dealerships in Gasoline Alley.
In 2003, Gary Moe Hyundai was established. Moe’s sons Dean and Eric joined the company, and the organization became Gary Moe Auto Group.
Moe bought the Chrysler dealership in Lacombe in 2015. He branched into Lethbridge when he bought a Mazda dealership in 2018 and Chrysler dealership in 2023. In between purchasing dealerships in Lethbridge, a Chevrolet dealership was acquired in Stettler in 2022.
Each year, the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta presents the Dealer of Excellence award to one metro dealer in Calgary or Edmonton and one non-metro dealer somewhere else in the province.
The award candidates are nominated by Association members and the winners are selected by a panel of past award recipients.
“The award criteria is based on a combination of business acumen and success – Gary certainly has been successful. It also recognizes the culture he cultivates in his dealership,” said Smaha.
“A key component to the award criteria is the community aspect. We ask, ‘Are they involved and do they support the local community?’ … Gary exemplifies that and is involved in his community. He’s more than deserving of this award.”