Martin McInerney

Distinguished Service Citation Award 1998

Martin J. “Hoot” Mclnerney was one of the most successful and respected automobile dealers in the U.S. His years of experience in the automotive retail business began at age 9 when he worked at a Detroit dealership for $1.25 a week as a coal-furnace fire stoker.

Chrysler offered him his first dealership in 1963, and since then he has owned 26 dealerships throughout his career, selling cars for a number of auto manufacturers. Mclnerney also is well known for his more than four decades of charitable work and community involvement.

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