Robert Blankenship wins 2017 NIADA National Quality Dealer of the Year

LAS VEGAS, June 22, 2017Robert Blankenship, owner and CEO of Texas Auto Center in Austin, Texas, was awarded the National Quality Dealer of the Year award by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association during the 71st annual NIADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas.

Blankenship was previously selected as the Texas Independent Automobile Dealers Association (TIADA) Dealer of the Year, and was picked from dealers nominated nationally.

The Texas Auto Center owner and CEO began selling cars in 1992 and opened his first lot in 1995. A second location was added in 2003, and Blankenship continued expanding, adding a third location with 96 total staff members selling over 4,000 vehicles per year.

“From the beginning, our philosophy has been to deliver a quality transportation opportunity to consumers,” Blankenship said. “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved. I appreciate all the help Marco Camacho and his team at The Automotive Advertising Agency have given me and my team.”

Beyond being a business leader, Blankenship also participates in the Austin community by supporting charities like March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and Mobile Loaves and Fishes, among others. He also contributes to scholarships for local students and for children of employees.

The NIADA National Quality Dealer of the Year selection is based on a variety of criteria, including contributions to the automobile industry, assistance to the association, community involvement, and customer loyalty.

“Our business culture is built on a foundation of respect for our customers and one another and the understanding that we are in business because of our customers,” Blankenship said.

“We do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.”

The NIADA is one of the largest trade organizations in the nation, comprised of over 20,000 auto dealers. For over 70 years the organization has provided federal representation of dealership interests, supplied advanced training in automotive technology, and worked for the promotion of independent dealers.

The Advertising Agency of Record for Texas Auto Center

The Automotive Advertising Agency is a multi-cultural, full-service, Austin based creative advertising agency specializing in the automotive industry. Marco Camacho, Principal at The Automotive Advertising Agency, began his career in the automotive industry 3 decades ago and has a deep understanding and respect for what dealers face every 30 days. The team at the agency represents over 150 years of combined experience in broadcast television, cable, radio, Spanish language media, internet marketing, brand development, public relations, digital media and advertising. To contact Marco directly, call (512) 900-0740 or email Marco@TheAutoAdAgency.comFor more information about The Automotive Advertising Agency, visit or call (512) 610-7300.

Contact Information:
Agency Contact: Marco Camacho, Principal/(512) 610-7300
Media Contact: Zachary Muhn/(773) 557-9091

The Texas Auto Center

The Texas Auto Center was founded by Robert Blankenship in 1995 and is now one of the largest dealerships in Texas. Steady expansion has meant that The Texas Auto Center serves customers at three locations – two in Austin and one in San Marcos – with an inventory of hundreds of vehicles. As a top ranked special finance lender, they also ensure that customers are given excellent treatment and easy financing before driving home in a great car. For further information, call one of three locations: South Austin at (512) 280-5333, Research Blvd. at (512) 490-0088, or San Marcos at (512) 878-0888.


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SOURCE The Automotive Advertising Agency

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