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George Nunnally Chevrolet Inc.
“Being a part of our local community has been very rewarding.”
“Being a part of our local community has been very rewarding,” nominee Nunnally said. “The retail automotive business has afforded me the resources and opportunity to give back, and my goal is to help the youth of our area realize their own dreams.”
A 1987 graduate of Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Nunnally studied at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville; and Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.
He grew up in the automotive business, as his father was a Chevrolet dealer and his grandfather owned a Goodyear franchise. “From washing cars as a grade school student to changing flat tires in high school, I experienced virtually every aspect of the industry,” Nunnally said. “I attribute my early knowledge to my father, who taught me to know the business inside and out and to always take care of the customer.”
Nunnally later attended the NADA Dealer Academy in McLean, Virginia, and regularly attended NADA/ATD 20 Group mentoring meetings to further enhance his operations. In 2011, he gained even more knowledge at the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. “I am committed to using all available resources to achieve business excellence,” he said.
To that end, Nunnally initiated an LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) renovation of his dealership, including a white roof to deflect heat, reused showroom tiles, building supplies made from reused scrap and a recycling center for customers.
He took his commitment one step further and partnered with the USGBC (United States Green Business Council) to create a program where local elementary schools can apply for help designing an outdoor classroom. Joe Mathias Elementary School in Rogers, Arkansas, was selected. “Our outdoor classroom concept became a community collaboration success that provides countless learning opportunities,” he said. “Conception, design, collaboration, implementation and enjoyment of this achievement will impact our community, especially the students, for years to come.”
Nunnally is also dedicated to youth sports and is a certified coach for football and baseball. He has served in leadership capacities for local youth sports leagues and associations and was chosen to attend the NFL/USA Football Youth Football Summit in Canton, Ohio, in 2011. In addition, he has supplied vehicles for driver’s education and other purposes to area high schools and colleges.
To support the Child Rescue Network, Nunnally participated in the Fireball Run, a 2,000-mile, eight-day road rally competition and reality show that sends teams out in search of obscure places and historic artifacts. Along the way, racers distribute and hang posters of missing children to aid in their recovery.
An active member of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce; the Centerton Area Chamber of Commerce; and the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Nunnally has served on the boards of the George Billingsley Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club and Ducks Unlimited Benton County.
Of all of the numerous awards and recognition that Nunnally has received, he is most proud to be named the Arkansas Dealer of the Year. “To be selected for such an honor by your peers and your daily competitors is a truly humbling experience,” he said.
He added, “I was 17 years old when my father realized his dream of owning a new-vehicle franchise. I witnessed, firsthand, the sacrifices he and my mother made to make the business successful. Working aside my family and our employees has provided a lifetime of memories.”
Nunnally was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Dennis E. Jungmeyer, president of the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Chassity, have three children.