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"I value our longtime employees and the customer relationships we’ve built over the years."
“I value our longtime employees and the customer relationships we’ve built over the years,” nominee Dolan said. “Being able to give back so much to the community in which I was born and raised is very rewarding, and I hope to pass on that penchant for charitable giving to future generations.”
Dolan, a 1995 graduate of Reno High School in Reno, earned a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies in business/communication at Arizona State University in Tempe in 1999. He also graduated from the NADA Academy in 2002 in preparation for joining the family auto group, founded by his father, Tom.
“I grew up in the car business, from summer jobs washing vehicles to officially starting my career in November of 2001,” Dolan said. “I have held almost every position in the business, other than technician, over the past 16 years.” He became CEO of the Dolan Auto Group in 2010, which also includes Lexus, Mazda and Kia stores in addition to Dolan Toyota.
Dolan’s roots in the community run deep. The Dolan family has given to local schools for many years, and Dolan took that one step further by creating the Dolan Class Project, an initiative that encourages creativity, community interaction and student involvement. Students submit a class project that has had a positive impact on the community or the environment with the hopes of receiving $5,000 from Dolan Auto Group to fund their project. Each year, classes in four elementary schools, four middle schools and four high schools across northern Nevada are chosen by a panel of designated community members to receive the grant.
“The project is currently in its sixth year,” Dolan said. “We have historically given at least $60,000 to local schools, and we hope to continue the program for many years to come. Hopefully, it is a driving force and a precursor to a future foundation focused on education and children in our community.”
Dolan has served on the boards of the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center, the Athletic Association of the University of Nevada, Reno (AAUN) and the Reno-Sparks New Car Dealers Association.
His family regularly hosts and sponsors events in support of various causes, including Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada; Toys for Tots; the Solace Tree, a Reno organization that helps children, teens and adults cope with grief; Sierra Nevada Donor Awareness; and many more.
For their good works, the Dolans have received numerous honors, including the Hope Award from the Nevada office of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2014 and the Jake Lawlor Award from the University of Nevada Department of Athletics in 2016 for their fundraising and sponsorship efforts.
“All of the awards we have received are special and show our long-standing commitment to our community and to the people of northern Nevada,” he said.
Dolan was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Andrew MacKay, executive director of the Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Melissa, have four children.