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News Release

Northwood University Announces
Inaugural Automotive Marketing Excellence Awards

Awards Presented by Reynolds and Reynolds for Excellent Scholastic Achievement

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN - July 21, 2008 - Northwood University and the Reynolds and Reynolds Company today announced 2008 recipients of the inaugural Automotive Marketing Excellence Awards to graduating seniors.  The awards, which are presented by Reynolds and Reynolds, honor outstanding seniors in Northwood’s Automotive Marketing undergraduate degree program, one of the few four-year degree programs focused on preparing students for the automotive marketplace.

“The inaugural awards are a great example of the partnership between Northwood and Reynolds and a fitting tribute to outstanding students who this spring graduated from Northwood,” said Dr. Timothy Nash, vice president of Graduate and Specialty Programs at Northwood University.  “Each of the recipients demonstrated outstanding academic achievement at Northwood and extraordinary promise for the automotive industry.  It’s gratifying to recognize their accomplishment with these awards.”

The students receiving awards represented top performing graduates in the Automotive Marketing Program from each of Northwood’s three campuses, located in Michigan, Texas, and Florida.   

The 2008 recipients of the Excellence in Automotive Marketing Awards:

  1. Eric Nelson, who graduated from the Michigan campus with a degree in Automotive Marketing, combined with Business Management, Banking and Finance;
  2. Larry Klimantiris, who graduated from the Florida campus, with a major in Automotive Marketing and Business Management;
  3. Curry Quenette, from the Texas campus, who majored in Automotive Marketing and Business Management.

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Northwood and their focus on educating the next generation of talent for the automotive industry,” said Trey Hiers, vice president of Corporate Marketing for Reynolds and Reynolds.  “With the growing complexities of the dealership business and the expanding international nature of the industry, I am delighted that Reynolds can reinforce this partnership through the awards and support of their classroom activities.”

Earlier this year, Northwood and Reynolds announced the completion of a jointly developed, senior-level seminar, “Measurement Driven Management: Powered by Your DMS.”  The course, which is included as part of Northwood’s degree program, was first offered in the spring quarter of 2008 at each of Northwood’s three campuses and examines the dealership business department-by-department.  For graduating seniors, it’s a required class and a real-world tutorial on how dealerships actually operate, day-in and day-out. It’s an important element to their education, as students were selected for these awards based on overall Automotive Marketing GPA and their performance in this capstone course.

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About Northwood
Northwood University is a private, nonprofit, accredited university specializing in managerial and entrepreneurial education and offering four-year degrees in a variety of free-enterprise fields. The Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management’s Full-time, Evening, and Switzerland MBA programs make Northwood’s free market based degree offerings in management and enterprise the most complete anywhere. The university emphasizes the importance of free enterprise and is dedicated to the preservation of the free market and the important relationship between business and the arts. Northwood operates full residential campuses in Michigan, Florida and Texas; the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine; University College program centers in eight states including an online program; and several international study programs abroad including China.

About Reynolds

Reynolds and Reynolds is the automotive industry’s largest and most trusted provider of automobile dealership software, services, and forms to help dealerships improve business results.  The company is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with major operations in Houston and College Station, Texas, and Celina, Ohio.  (

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