Duane R. Paddock
President and CEO, Paddock Chevrolet
Partner, Gabe’s Collision North
Duane R. Paddock is President and CEO of Paddock Chevrolet, as well as a partner in Gabe’s Collision North. Paddock Chevrolet is one of the most successful automobile dealerships in the United States, ranking second in overall volume for Chevy dealers.
Paddock Chevrolet is located in the Village of Kenmore outside of Buffalo, New York. Duane has overseen unprecedented growth in sales, dealership size, employment, and reputation. He is the fourth generation of owner/dealer in a legacy of business advancement, personal accomplishment, and commitment to the community.
Throughout a career spanning over two decades, Duane has led the corporation to regional and national acclaim. This record of achievement includes Paddock being named the largest passenger Chevrolet dealership in the world (2003 – 2009), and the number one GM dealer in New York State, for 11 straight years since 1999. Paddock Chevrolet has earned the Jack Smith Award (2002 – 2009), the most prestigious honor bestowed by General Motors to the top 100 dealers across America.
The dealership also received GM’s “Mark of Excellence,” a prestigious award given to fewer than 200 dealerships nationwide based on sales and customer satisfaction.
Duane’s leadership skills have been tapped by colleagues, charities, and numerous business organizations. He currently serves as Co-chair of General Motor’s National Dealer Council, and also servers on the Chevrolet National Dealer Council. In 2009, Duane served as a member of the official unsecured creditors committee during the GM Bankruptcy proceedings, as well as, Co-chair of the unofficial GM dealers committee. He is a former member of the Chevrolet Marketing Advisory Board and served on the New Passenger Car Development Advisory Board.
Locally, Duane is president of the local Chevrolet marketing group, a past-president of the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, and is a member of the Kenmore-Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce, and the Ken-Ton Merchants Association. His record of community service and commitment to helping others is a reflection of the values instilled during his childhood in the Town of Tonawanda, NY.
Duane is also supportive of a variety of worthy local causes, such as the Variety Club Telethon, of which he is the honorary chairman for 2010. Additionally, Duane has played a large role in supporting the WNY Autistic community, by donating $100,000 to Summit Academy, a private, not-for-profit organization that provides educational and therapeutic services to children with learning, communication, and behavioral challenges.
Another charity that has garnered Duane’s attention is the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, founded by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife Jill after their infant son, Hunter, was diagnosed with Krabbe Disease.
Additionally, Duane provides significant personal support to the International Dyslexia Association, for which he actively participates through speaking engagements and fundraising activities.
Duane and his wife Pamela reside in Clarence, New York with their children.