The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Foundation is celebrating Kelley Automotive President Tom Kelley’s prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award, given at the biannual Northeast Indiana Conservation Banquet and Fundraiser on May 1.
The honorary Sagamore is the highest distinction in Indiana, awarded for distinguished service to the community. “Sagamore” was a term used by the Algonquin tribe to describe a great man among the tribe whom the chief consulted for wisdom and advice. “The Wabash” refers to Indiana’s official state river.
In 1974, Tom Kelley joined the Kelley Automotive Group – started in 1952 by his father Jim. After graduating from IU, he became a salesman at Jim Kelley Buick and worked in all areas of the dealership for seven years until being promoted to general manager in 1981. In 1983, Tom purchased the Buick dealership from his father and changed the name to Tom Kelley Buick. Tom is now at the helm of eight dealerships. He has led the dealer group to outstanding performance in sales and customer service, and he makes it a priority to give back to the community.
Over the years, the company has supported dozens of schools, bands, sports programs, kids clubs and mentoring programs. A few examples include Mad Anthonys Charity Classic for Children, Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, McMillen Center for Health Education, Boys & Girls Clubs and St. Joseph Hospital Burn Center.
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