Delaney Automotive Group Honored with Distinguished Family Business Award

Posted on 10/5/2016 10:36:20 AM

The Delaney Automotive Group was honored with the Distinguished Family Business Award by the Center for Family Business at the annual awards ceremony on September 26.

Delaney Family Event Sept. 26, 2016The award is given annually to a family that has achieved excellence in its industry, contributed significantly to its community, and successfully succeeded ownership and management to the second generation or beyond. The business is chosen by Robert C. Camp, dean of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, and selection committee members. This recognition was created to increase awareness of the importance of family-owned businesses, which employ more than 62 percent of America’s work force and produce 64 percent of the gross domestic product.

Jack and Susan (Snell) Delaney opened Delaney Chevrolet in downtown Indiana on July 19, 1971. Since then, the business has grown to include several more locations in Indiana, including Hyundai and Subaru franchises in White Township. The Delaney family also purchased a Chevrolet dealership in Greensburg in 1983 and converted it into one of its own, and later added Nissan and Volvo to its inventory.

The original Delaney Chevrolet business opened with five employees. As of this year, the group of businesses employs more than 360 people across its locations.

The Delaney’s have three children, sons Jack, President of Delaney Automotive Group; and Tom, President of Star Chevrolet; and daughter Beth, who is an attorney living in Philadelphia. They have six grandchildren, with a seventh on the way. Susan Delaney is a 1964 graduate of IUP.

Jack and Susan have been active supporters of IUP students and athletics throughout the years. Susan has been a long-time member of the IUP Council of Trustees.

Previous winners of the Distinguished Family Business Award include: 422 Home Sales; Benzel Pretzel Bakery; Colonial Motor Mart; Diamond Drugs, Inc.; Gorell Enterprises, Inc.; Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; Indiana Printing & Publishing Company; James Industries, Slinky Toys; Keystone Foam Corporation; McLanahan Corporation; Seven Springs Mountain Resort; Snyder Associated Companies; the Wayne S. Lockard Family; Sheetz Convenience Stores; and The Reschini Group.

Over 300 people, including 250 students, attended the program which featured presentations by members of the Delaney Family. Junior business student Dan Costa appreciated the opportunity to learn about a family business in such detail. “It was really interesting to learn about how the Delaney family business got started, about challenges and successes that they experienced, and about certain specific aspects of the car business,” he said. “I appreciate the fact that the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology provides us with opportunities to have exposure to real-world business operations.”

A tree is dedicated with a permanent plaque and installed in the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP in the family’s honor.