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Wade Ford Inc.
“Since the beginning of my career in 1989, I have found it very rewarding to build teams and get top employees to rally behind me in every market where I’ve operated a franchise.”
“Since the beginning of my career in 1989, I have found it very rewarding to build teams and get top employees to rally behind me in every market where I’ve operated a franchise,” nominee Ewing said. “And I’ve been fortunate to make lifelong friends with many of my past employees.”
Ewing is a 1977 graduate of Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. in English from Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware, in 1983, where he was president of the student government association, activities board and an inductee into the Delaware State University Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
His first job in the retail automotive industry was selling Chevrolets in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, in 1983, where he quickly rose to sales manager. In 1989, he began a long and fruitful relationship with the Ford Motor Company, acquiring his first dealership, Crossroads Ford, in East Orange, New Jersey. Ford eventually purchased the franchise from him and he later opened two dealerships in Scranton, Pennsylvania — Champion Ford in 1993 and Champion Nissan in 1998 — adding Champion Lincoln Mercury in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, in 1999. He sold those dealerships and today is the owner of Wade Ford Inc., which he acquired in Smyrna in 2002.
“Over the last 28 years, I am gratified to have built relationships with senior executives at the Ford Motor Company who have taken the time to listen and to invite me to serve on different committees in order to get a real dealer’s perspective on many difficult issues,” Ewing said. “It also means a lot to have cultivated personal relationships with the Ford family and the many descendants of Henry Ford.”
He has also established strong ties in his adopted community in Georgia and is most proud of his support of the Atlanta Mission, an organization that supplies shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training and transitional housing to homeless men and women. “Every year, my employees and I donate thousands of items to support people within our community who are in need,” Ewing said. “The Wade Ford team not only contributes goods and financial donations, but my employees donate their time to serve where necessary at Atlanta Mission locations throughout metro-Atlanta.”
And for his good works, Ewing has received the Pathways to Excellence Award from Clark Atlanta University in 2017, as well as a proclamation of recognition from the city of Smyrna. “Our team never gives back to the community expecting recognition, so it means a lot and we were truly grateful to be acknowledged by local leaders,” Ewing said. “I believe it is necessary to give back and help the lives of others.”
Other groups that Ewing champions include: Fulton County Schools; Clark Atlanta University; Sophie’s Voice Foundation, an organization that supports health and wellness initiatives in multicultural communities; Atlanta Diaper Relief; Guns N’ Hoses amateur boxing fundraiser for the Atlanta Police Athletic League; and the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament in Atlanta.
Ewing was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Damon Lester, president of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. He and his wife, Terri, have two children.