CEO Kelly Price of National Automotive Experts and NWAN (NAE/NWAN) is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Northeast Ohio region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Price was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.
"It's an honor and a blessing to count myself among the accomplished entrepreneurs selected by the panel," says Price. "I started my business in 1996 after spending many years as vice president of finance for an auto dealership group, based on the guiding principal that every client deserves a first-class experience."
Since then, NAE/NWAN has grown into a national leader in providing automobile, RV, and powersport dealerships with finance and insurance products and solutions that enhance their productivity, customer retention, and bottom-line profit. NAE/NWAN's reputation for nimble, highly-customizable administrative services makes them a preferred choice for dealerships nationwide.
"Kelly built an amazingly mission-centric company, focused on providing top-notch and transparent service to every agent partner, dealership, and customer we serve," says David Neuenschwander, President of NAE/NWAN. "Under her leadership, the companies' focus is on the relationship and belief that taking care of the customer is the core of what we do."
Providing innovative solutions to their clients is what has propelled NAE/NWAN into one of the fastest growing administrators in the country.
"Growth is the goal of any entrepreneur," said Price. "When people ask how far the companies will go, I always tell them that we'll be as big as we can get, so long as we are excellent at what we do."
Price and her team take giving back to the community very personally. Part of the NAE/NWAN culture is that of constant gratitude. They work tirelessly at raising money for the Cleveland Christian Home amongst many other charities and organizations around Northeast Ohio and throughout the country.
As a finalist in the Northeast Ohio region, Price, her family, and members of her team will attend a special gala event on June 22, at the Hilton Downtown Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, where the regional awards will be presented. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of The Year National competition which will be presented at an awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.