Owner of Van Bortel dealerships wins national award

Van Bortel wins Time Dealer of the Year award in Las Vegas (NADA Convention)

VICTOR, N.Y./LAS VEGAS - A local automotive dealer won a major auto sales indutry award Saturday.

Kitty Van Bortel, who owns Kitty Van Bortel Subaru, was awarded the title of 2016 Time Dealer of the Year in partnership with Ally.

Van Bortel started her own Subaru franchise in 1991 and later opened Ford and Chevrolet stores in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area.

She won over 49 other dealers from across the country to win the award from the National Automobile Dealers Association convention.

"I'd like to say it is about time women get recognized in the business," Van Bortel said. "It is time we really get women in strong positions at dealerships."

Van Bortel also recognized her family, including "my mother, who is my hero, and my father who taught me about the car business."

The award recognizes auto dealers for both their business success and community involvement.

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