Dick Garber Earns Lifetime Humanitarian Award
Our very own President and CEO of Garber Management Group, Dick Garber was honored at the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards on Monday, Aug 21 at the Detroit Opera House. He received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award to recognize his commitment to making the Great Lakes Bay Region a better place and enabling others to do the same, too. Governor Rick Snyder announced all 49 winners of the Service Awards which included individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.
Dick Garber has shown outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to his community throughout his lifetime and has seamlessly blended it into his workplace. Since taking over his father’s dealership at age 25, Dick became one of the youngest dealers of General Motors vehicles in history and grew his one location into a larger umbrella business that employs over 1,400 people and produces more than $700 million in annual sales. As the business grows, he continues the traditions of his father and grandfather and serves the community as an active participant and contributor to countless community organizations and non-profits across the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.
“Mr. Garber is an extraordinary example of living his life by the belief that ‘of those that have much, much is expected,’” said CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Regional President Suzanne Greenberg. “His commitment to our children and families is unwavering.”
Year after year, Dick finds new ways to show commitment to the Saginaw Community either by providing leadership, service or financial contributions. He helped the CAN Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region plan for and fundraise $2.6 million for a new facility that allows the organization to provide a space for forensic interviews for children who were suspected victims of severe abuse and also allowed space to provide training for adults to keep children safe.
He also brought together a team of 100 community leaders to help redesign the local YMCA. And he was instrumental in bringing the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Team to the community by becoming an owner and governor of the Ontario Hockey League franchise. These are just a few examples of what he’s done around the community, but there are many, many more nonprofits and organizations he’s associated with.
Dick also encourages the spirit of service to all 1,400 employees across 15 new vehicle dealerships and provides opportunities to participate in the community with various fundraisers and events. Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has worked alongside Habitat for Humanity for seven years in a row to make the Saginaw areas a better place to live.
We are proud to have such a service driven leader and believe this award is well-deserved. At this Garber location, we hope not only to continue his efforts to make a positive impact on the community but also to give back with every opportunity. It’s easy to do with such a shining example at the head of our organization.
Image courtesy of Jeff Schrier, The Saginaw News