Rick Niello, president of The Niello Co. in Sacramento, is one of 57 nominees nationwide for Time magazine's Dealer of the Year Award.
The winner of the 44th annual award will be announced Feb. 9 at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Exposition in Orlando.
The award program recognizes new car dealers with high-performing dealerships and extensive involvement in community service. Dealers are nominated by members of the Automotive Trade Association Executives.
The Niello Co., founded in 1921, employs more than 500 specialists, technicians and sales professionals at 11 Sacramento-area dealerships and one in Concord.
Niello's nomination is the latest in a string of 2012 honors. Niello Porsche in Rocklin recently was ranked eighth in Automotive News magazine's list of top 100 new car dealerships to work for in the United States.