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Local auto dealer nominated for national magazine award

Bob Lanphere Jr. named Dealer of the Year by TIME magazine

TIME magazine has nominated Bob Lanphere Jr., owner of three Beaverton automobile dealerships, for its 2012 'Dealer of the Year' award.

One of 50 auto dealers selected from 17,000 in the country, Lanphere was chosen to represent the Oregon Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition.

Lanphere and the other nominees will be recognized Feb. 4, 2012, at the 95th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas.

In addition to exceptional dealership performance, TIME bases its nominations on outstanding community service and advocacy for improving the world around them, according to information provided by Beaverton city officials.

Lanphere is president of Lanphere Enterprises, which includes Beaverton Honda, Beaverton Infiniti and Beaverton Kia. The businesses contributed staff time and nearly $20,000 worth of materials this year to help the 2011 Leadership Beaverton class build an awning to shelter families waiting for services at the Clothes Closet. Sponsored by the Beaverton School District, the program provides free clothing for students in grades K-12 from families with limited income.

A recipient of the city's 'Beaverton 4 Business' and 'Service to Beaverton' awards, Lanphere donates space and resources for the Beaverton Celebration Parade and Old Town Festival, said Mayor Dennis Doyle. He also has been a key participant in Beaverton's community visioning process and urban renewal planning.

'Lanphere Enterprises has been a long-standing anchor in Beaverton, and we're proud of their well-deserved recognition,' Doyle said.