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Sam Roberts, owner and President of Roberts Motors in Alton, has been nominated as a 2018 Time Dealer of the Year by Time, Inc. The media company announced the honor on Tuesday and Roberts will be one of 47 dealers who will be honored at a trade show in Las Vegas next spring with one chosen as Dealer of the Year.
Roberts was the sole nominee from Illinois and was one of the 47 chosen out of 16,500 auto dealers that were nominated around the country. The National Automobile Dealers Association Trade Show will be held in March. He joined the car dealership in the mid 60's after a stint in the Marine Corp and 10 years working for A&P grocery store. The company began selling Fords in 1967. Roberts tells the Big Z customer service has always been number one with the dealership:
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Roberts has served with many local and state automobile dealer organizations throughout his career and has been very supportive of local charities, schools and events. Sam's son John Roberts is the general manager of Roberts Motors, and his late son Sam Roberts Jr. worked at the dealership until his passing in 2014. Sam and his wife, Sharon, have four children and six grandchildren.
Watch a full interview with Sam and John Roberts on the Business Over a Brew podcast. Click Podcast at the top of the page for the show.