ATLANTA - The Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association (FIADA) recently chose Eric Wagner, general manager, Manheim Daytona Beach, as its 2010 Auction Person of the Year.

The FIADA, which represents the interests of independent auto dealers throughout Florida, presented Wagner his award at the 2010 FIADA Fast Cars & Freedom Convention, held Oct.15-16 in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

In addition, the FIADA Board of Directors presented Wagner with the association's Silver Eagle award for his outstanding efforts to help recruit members throughout the past year. Wagner was applauded for organizing a special town hall meeting and training for independent dealers in Daytona Beach in April. He also was lauded for personally recruiting 26 new association members in a span of about three months.

"Through his servant leadership and commitment to excellence for customers and employees, Eric has distinguished himself as a top performer in Florida's auto industry," said Steve Jordan, FIADA's CEO and executive director. "Because of Eric's dedication to growing the FIADA member base, the voice of independent dealers in Florida has gotten much stronger, and the industry is better because of it."

The FIADA, founded in 1940, represents the best interests of independent car dealers before Florida's State Legislature, Cabinet and local councils. Today the FIADA provides wide ranging benefits and services to its dealer members along with numerous industry-wide educational opportunities for those needing continued education or operational training. The association also offers elite networking opportunities through its quarterly Board of Director's meetings and its annual convention.

Jay Cadigan, market vice president, Manheim, noted: "Eric is an outstanding individual and we are extremely proud of his achievements. His efforts to help build ongoing education for independent dealers in Florida is an example of how we can all do our part to further support our dealers, our industry and our communities."