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Sid R. Dillon
Sid Dillon Chevrolet
“One of the most rewarding aspects of my retail automotive career is meeting and getting to know customers.”
“One of the most rewarding aspects of my retail automotive career is meeting and getting to know customers,” nominee Dillon said. “I have become friends with many over the years. When they are buying a vehicle or having one serviced, it’s fun to say hi and to catch up on their lives while they are at the dealership.”
Dillon is a 1978 graduate of Fremont High School in Fremont and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1982, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
In January of 1983, he began working at his family’s Oldsmobile, Cadillac and Mazda dealership in Fremont, and when his father added a Chevrolet store in 1986, Dillon became general manager. The business has grown significantly over the last 30 years and, along with his brother Blake and key managers and partners, they’ve added dealerships, now totaling eight in six Nebraska towns, as well as a General Motors parts distribution center and four motorcycle stores.
“Getting to know each employee and watching them go through life, while knowing that you are a part of their success, is very rewarding,” Dillon said. “Many of our employees have been with us for more than 20 years, and I have seen their families grow. Some started out of high school, some after graduating college, some came from other countries. Each one is an important part of our company.”
Dillon is equally committed to giving back to the Fremont and Omaha, Nebraska, area. “I believe my most important civic achievement is being an active member of my community for more than 30 years — helping with school, church and community projects and also as an engaged business owner,” he said. “I think we all need to be active participants within our communities to make them better.”
To that end, Dillon is board member for the Fremont Area Community Foundation; The Bridge (Nebraska group that provides services for individuals and families who are experiencing domestic abuse, dating violence and sexual assault); Fremont Family YMCA; and Friends of the Fremont Area Parks. He also serves on the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council and is a member of the Fremont Rotary Club.
Dillon was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Loy Todd, president and general counsel of the Nebraska New Car & Truck Dealers Association. He and his wife, Patty, have two children.