LIGHTNING RELEASES — 06/30/14 –Henniker, NH – Today New England College presented Andy Crews, President and CEO of AutoFair, a framed hood for his many contributions in the state of New Hampshire. The hood represents the Honorary Degree of Humane Letters that was awarded to Mr. Crews in January during New England College’s annual Founders Day celebration. Founders Day is a campus tradition that gathers students, parents, staff and faculty to honor the College’s founding members and acknowledge its’ achievements.
Andy Crews is President and Chief Executive Officer of AutoFair, a New Hampshire-based business consisting of a number of auto dealership franchises. In 2009, Andy was honored as one of the Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” for his significant business achievements and his community leadership philosophy. Andy’s resume is long with military service, board memberships, and philanthropic involvement, and reads like a truly American story of success.
“It is an honor to present Andy Crews with this framed doctoral hood,” said Dr. Michele Perkins, President, New England College. “Andy’s dedication and contributions to the state are remarkable and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize him.”
“Andy Crews has been an incredible success story for the city of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire,” said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. “He’s hard working in his profession and in his commitment to serving the community. Being recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments and receiving an honorary degree from New England College – one of our state’s hidden jewels – is a great honor I know Andy will cherish.”
Andy’s employees proudly applaud his achievements. “Andy is an entrepreneur, a leader, a goal-oriented, make-it-happen type guy,” said employee Jason LaCroix, General Manager of AutoFair Honda. “Since joining the AutoFair Team in 2006, Andy has been the driving force in growing the business from three franchise dealerships to seven, and employing over 550 people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Andy is a great inspiration to all of us. He is a self-made man starting in the business as a technician and working through all the ranks. He has become a great leader in the community working with local and statewide charities, community leaders and supporting everyone around him.”
The celebration of Founders Day at New England College was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of the founding faculty, administration, and students of the College. Founded in 1946 to serve the educational needs of the country’s military men and women returning from World War II, New England College sought to expand the horizons of a new generation of students. Founders Day represents one of the three major academic events of the year that also includes Convocation in September and Commencement in May.
The AutoFair Automotive Group has been recognized nationally for its Green Energy practices which include LED lighting, building materials, heating and cooling efficiencies and Green cleaning products- all of which help reduce the environmental impact of the operation.
AutoFair Automotive Group is headquartered in Manchester, NH. The company employs more than 500 people and is comprised of; AutoFair Ford, AutoFair Hyundai, AutoFair Honda, AutoFair Nissan of Stratham, AutoFair Volkswagen of Nashua and the Manchester Collision Center- all in Manchester. AutoFair also owns and operates AutoFair Nissan in Tewksbury MA and AutoFair Honda in Plymouth, MA. For more, go to http://www.autofair.com/
About New England College
New England College emphasizes experiential learning as an essential component in the development of an enduring academic community. Building upon a strong liberal arts foundation, we challenge our students to reach their full potential through informed discourse and the pursuit of excellence in a framework of academic freedom. New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Teacher Education Program (and the majors in Elementary Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education) are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. For more info go to http://www.nec.edu
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