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“To have succeeded for so many years, it takes a great team of dedicated employees that believe in the philosophy and culture of a business.”
“It is rewarding to be a third-generation car dealer,” nominee Minnick said. “To have succeeded for so many years, it takes a great team of dedicated employees that believe in the philosophy and culture of a business. We have been fortunate that our employees embrace it every day – and have the passion to take care of one another and our customers.”
A 1980 graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School in Lincoln, Minnick earned an education degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985. He has always worked at his family’s dealership, DuTeau Chevrolet, which was founded by his grandfather, Alfred DuTeau, in 1928.
“I started in the business at age 15 and have spent time in the new car prep department and sales for both new and used cars, before becoming general manager,” he said. He was named dealer and president in 1998. And his son, Jack, currently works for the company, which also includes DuTeau Subaru in Lincoln.
“My father taught me at a young age how important it is to give back to your local community with your time and monetary contributions,” Minnick said. “We are a very philanthropic organization.”
He is currently a trustee for the University of Nebraska Foundation and a member of Sesostris Shrine. Minnick has served on the boards of Lincoln Children's Zoo; United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County; Bryan Foundation and Bryan Health in Lincoln; JDRF (Lincoln chapter; formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation); and Gateway Senior Living in Lincoln.
Minnick was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Loy A. Todd Jr., president and general counsel of the Nebraska New Car & Truck Dealers Association. He and his wife, Tamera, have one child.