George P. Fritze
Recognized for Community Service and Industry Accomplishments
NEW ORLEANS â€" George P. Fritze, owner of Red River Motor Co. in Bossier City, La., was named the 2009 TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year.
received the honor at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in New Orleans.
The TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year award is one of the auto industryâ€™s most prestigious and highly coveted awards for new-car dealers.
Recipients are among the nationâ€™s most successful auto dealers, who must also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.
, 52, was chosen to represent the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association
(LADA) in the national competition.
was one of only 49 auto dealers nominated for the 40th annual award, sponsored by TIME Magazine
in association with Goodyear
, and in cooperation with NADA
For decades, Fritze
has been deeply involved in countless civic and community organizations, such as: American Heart Association
, Red Cross
, Bossier Arts Council
, Boy Scouts
, Louisiana State Fair
, Louisiana State Universityâ€™s
(LSU) Tiger Athletic Foundation
, Junior Achievement and United Way.
But he considers his work to raise $7 million to build the Sutton Childrenâ€™s Medical Center in Shreveport his most meaningful accomplishment, saying, â€œI was very proud to help bring this world-class level of care to our city.â€
A fourth-generation dealer, Fritze
began a life in sales as a boy gathering, shelling and delivering pecans from the trees in his
By age 14, he
was working part-time in the parts warehouse of the family dealership.
Two years later, he became a dispatcher and scheduler for the service department.
In 1973, his
job changed to checking in new cars and trucks.
After graduating from LSU in 1978, Fritze completed F&I training at the Pat Ryan School in Chicago before moving into F&I sales at the dealership.
The next year, Fritze
attended Chevroletâ€™s â€œDealer Sonsâ€™ Schoolâ€ in Michigan, and served as general manager at the dealership until he
father, James, formed a partnership in 1986.
They have two children, Minou Meares Fritze Olsan and George Patton Fritze Jr.
, and two grandchildren.