Atlanta Area Mazda Dealer Honored For Community Work

President of Jim Ellis Mazda earns Ford's Salute to Dealers Award

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Marietta GA, January 21, 2008 - Jim Ellis learned from an early age about earning rewards through hard work, a lesson that still shapes his life and now spreads benefits far beyond his family.

In addition to guiding Ellis' approach to business as president and owner of Jim Ellis Mazda in Marietta GA, and Jim Ellis Mazda in nearby Atlanta, respect for self-improvement also motivates generous contribution of time, resources, and leadership to help other through the local community. Support from the lifelong Georgia resident improves the lives of at-risk youths, homeless families and individuals, neighbors needing emergency assistance and adults with developmental disabilities.

"Nothing was ever given to me. Success came by working for it," explains Ellis, who did roofing, delivered milk and was a newspaper carrier while in school. He also worked part time at a prison farm where his father was a superintendent.� "Now my wife Billie and I want to share our blessings and opportunities. It's time to give back."

In recognition of outstanding corporate citizenship, Ellis has earned a Salute to Dealers award from Ford Motor Company. He is among nine North American Dealer principles who received the eigth annual tribute at a February 8th ceremony preceding the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco. Honorees were selected from among more than 6,000 dealers across the United States and Canada for exhibiting unparalleled dedication to their communities.