TIME Dealer of the Year Nominee

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Kenworth
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Meet the 2012 NomineeWilliam Wallwork III

William Wallwork III

Valley Imports
Fargo, North Dakota

“In our area, we have always been held to the standard of treating our customers, associates, communities and suppliers as our friends and neighbors,” says nominee Wallwork III.

A 1979 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Fargo, North Dakota, Wallwork III studied automotive marketing at Northwood University in Michigan, economics at San Diego State University in California and business finance at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He worked at the family-owned dealership during summers in high school and college, gaining experience in each department, from parts to service to sales to finance and leasing. In 1986, he graduated from the NADA Dealer Candidate School and took over the business after his father’s death in 1990.

“I’m a third-generation dealer in a business founded in 1921 by my grandfather, William W. Wallwork Sr., who had the opportunity to meet Henry Ford,” Wallwork III says. Today, Valley Imports sells Audi, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche vehicles from its Fargo showroom.

In the area of community service, Wallwork III supports many local and national programs. He applauds the work of ShareHouse, an organization that provides chemical dependency treatment services to adult men and women, and he has served on its board. “Working with the people at ShareHouse over the years has been very rewarding,” he says. “The recent emergence and success of the program called “Sister’s Path” is an example of their unique approach. This program focuses on single mothers with young children seeking recovery from alcohol and substance addiction. They work on recovery and begin new lives in recovery with their children, while in a safe and structured environment.”

Wallwork III also donates time and funds to the Salvation Army, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Children’s Miracle Network. He’s served on the development foundation board for Fargo Public School and the North Dakota State Advisory Board. For his alma mater, Minnesota State University Moorhead, he has worked on community campaigns and established alumni foundation scholarships.


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