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“Sharing business practices with fellow dealers is rewarding to me, as each of us is always striving to do better and excel in business, as well as in our personal life.”
“Sharing business practices with fellow dealers is rewarding to me, as each of us is always striving to do better and excel in business, as well as in our personal life,” nominee House said. “Many of the dealers I have met through my involvement with the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association have become great friends and business coaches.”
House, who has served as president, vice president, treasurer and secretary of the association, is a third-generation dealer. His grandfather originally founded E.F. House Chevrolet Company in 1923 in Stewartville, the town where House graduated from Stewartville High School in 1976. He then earned a degree in auto mechanics at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1978, and continued to work at the dealership that his father now owned. “I held multiple positions, from new car prep to technician to salesperson to sales manager to dealer in 2010,” House said. Today, he is part owner of the business with his father, who continues to work in sales, and his mother is the dealership’s office manager.
House’s deep roots in the community have helped fuel his philanthropic efforts. He is proud of his leadership role and contributions to the Stewartville Public Swimming Pool, a state-of-the-art aquatic center that features two 30-foot waterslides, zero-depth pool entry, lap lanes, diving board and water features.
“Investing in youth programs is very important to our entire family,” he said. “Any programs that give children – the future of our community – a way to make friends and embrace extracurricular activities are a passion of mine personally.” He has also served as a coach and mentor for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest in Rochester and supports sports teams at Stewartville schools, as well as area athletic associations.
Since 1978, House has been a volunteer firefighter and first responder for the Stewartville Fire Department, and he was named First Responder of the Year in 1996.”I became a volunteer to be of service and assistance to my friends, community, customers and family,” he said. “Knowing I have been able to make a difference by saving a life or a home – and be able to go home to my family each night – gives me the drive to apply the same principles of service at House Chevrolet.”
He has also served on the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce board; the Stewartville City Council; Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce (current board of directors); League of Minnesota Cities (St. Paul, Minnesota); and Olmstead Medical Center Regional Foundation board (Rochester), plus other civic and charitable groups.
House was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Scott Lambert, president of the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Julie, have two children and six grandchildren.