Through his work on behalf of car dealers throughout West Virginia and for his support of local communities, Wally Thornhill, owner of Thornhill Automotive Group, has been nominated for the 2020 TIME Dealer of the Year award.

The TIME Dealer of the Year award is presented in partnership with Ally Financial. The West Virginia Automobile Dealers Association nominated Thornhill for the award.

Thornhill will travel to Las Vegas in February for the 103rd annual National Automobile Dealers Association Show, where he and the other 49 nominees will be honored.

The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a longstanding commitment to community service.

Dealers are nominated by the executives of state and metro dealer associations around the country. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with NADA.

“As a hometown business owner, I feel that the most important thing I can do is help build a stronger community,” Thornhill said. “I am particularly focused on giving children the opportunity to succeed in academics and athletics.”

Thornhill is an active member of the WVADA and has served as chairman and as a board member of the group. He is the current NADA PAC state chairman, a position he’s held since 2014.

WVADA President Jared Wyrick said Thornhill fit the criteria for the nomination.

“We’re very proud to have him represent West Virginia this year,” Wyrick said.

A 1975 graduate of Logan High School in Logan, Thornhill earned an associate degree in science and general business at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, also in Logan, in 1985.

His Thornhill Automotive Group oversees four new car dealerships: Thornhill GM Superstore, Thornhill Ford Lincoln and Thornhill Mitsubishi in Chapmanville and Thornhill Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Logan. His daughter, Sydney, and son, Nathan, are dealer executives for the stores.