December 20, 2006


Automotive Hall of Fame announces special awards

Dearborn, Michigan – The Automotive Hall of Fame has announced that James E. Press, president of Toyota Motor North America, has been named the 2006 Industry Leader of the Year. The winners of the 2007 Distinguished Service Recipients have also been named.

The Industry Leader award is presented to a single individual who has demonstrated outstanding industry leadership. Press joined Toyota in 1970 and worked in a variety of progressively senior positions. He was the first American president of both Toyota Motor Sales and Toyota Motor North America.

The Hall of Fame also presents its annual Distinguished Service Citation to individuals, either currently employed or recently retired, who have “significantly improved the industry or their organization.” The 2007 recipients are:

  • Dr. Amar G. Bose, Chairman and CEO, Bose Corporation; Bose’s research led to the creation of Bose audio systems.
  • Jeffrey A. Cook, Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company; Cook’s research addresses modeling and control of automotive powertrains for improved fuel economy and emissions, and improvements in systems engineering processes for the design of automotive controls. He holds 25 patents on automotive technology.
  • Allan Gilmour, Vice Chairman, CFO (retired), Ford Motor Company; Gilmour is a 34-year veteran of Ford who retired in 1995 after a distinguished career, but returned to assist the automaker until his more recent retirement.
  • Timothy D. Leuliette, Chairman, President and CEO, Metaldyne Corp.; Metaldyne is a leading supplier of engine, driveline and chassis products used in vehicles around the world.
  • Elizabeth Lowery, Vice President, Environment and Energy, General Motors Corporation; Lowery is responsible for GM’s environmental and energy policies worldwide.
  • Phil Smart, Sr., Chairman, Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz; Smart Sr. opened his dealership in Seattle in 1959, which is, with an additional location, one of the premier Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the U.S.

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