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Joel Sirek

Joel Sirek

Smith Motors Inc.
Wahpeton, North Dakota

“It's rewarding when we can help someone buy their dream vehicle or when we give back to our local community by volunteering, participating or donating.”

“It's rewarding when we can help someone buy their dream vehicle or when we give back to our local community by volunteering, participating or donating,” nominee Sirek said.

A 1984 graduate of Wahpeton Senior High School in Wahpeton, Sirek also attended North Dakota State College of Science of Wahpeton and had a concentration of studies in the business field. He has spent his entire career at Smith Motors, the dealership owned by his father, working as parts counter representative, service advisor, sales manager and general manager, a position he attained in 2000 and currently holds. Today, Sirek owns the dealership with his brother and sister, and his son, Parker, will transition into the sales department fulltime when he graduates from college in 2017.

“My interest in the auto industry increased when I started racing stock cars at local tracks in 1984,” he said. “Racing gave me a better understanding of the mechanics of an automobile.”

Sirek has devoted his time and energy to the automotive industry by serving as chairman and member of the board of directors for the Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota. He also sits on the advisory board for the mechanics division of the North Dakota State College of Science, as well as on the college’s alumni foundation board.

In the civic arena. Sirek is on the board of directors of the Wahpeton Community Development Corporation, a group charged with providing leadership for the community’s economic growth, including developing policies, programs and projects in Wahpeton and the surrounding region.

“As a small business owner in the same area for many years, it is rewarding to help our community grow and prosper,” he said. Sirek has participated in the Million Meals Drive, an initiative to feed the hungry in North Dakota. This partnership between the Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota and the Great Plains Food Bank puts dealers in the center of the fight as a collection point for nonperishable food items and as donors to the cause.

He also supports Chevrolet’s philanthropic initiatives including its partnership with the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program and Chevy Youth Baseball, through which the dealership donated to Wahpeton Youth Baseball.

Sirek was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Matthew C. Larsgaard, president and CEO of the Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota. He and his wife, Tami, have two children.