Kansas City, Mo. — Dan Castaneda, general manager of International Copy Machine Center, El Paso, Texas, was named BTA’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year on Aug. 16 during the 2017 BTA National Conference held at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, Nevada (www.bta.org/2017VotYVideo). Castaneda serves as 2017-18 BTA president. 2016-17 BTA President Rob Richardson presented the award.
Richardson noted that while his BTA presidency ended on June 30, he wanted to “save this very special award” presentation for the national conference. “The recipient is a gentleman who stepped forward several years ago as a volunteer,” he said. “He has since served as an outstanding and loyal member of the BTA National Board of Directors for the past year. Previously, as a volunteer, he played a very key role in the growing success of the BTA Mid-America district events. It is my privilege to present BTA’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award to the current president of BTA, Dan Castaneda.”
Each year, BTA’s national president has the opportunity to recognize one individual who has distinguished himself (or herself) for exemplary service to the association. The Volunteer of the Year award dates back to 1962, when then-NOMDA President Edgar Knoll presented the first of these awards (at that time, it was called the Dealer of the Year award) to George Chadwick. 2017 marked the 52nd year the award has been presented to a BTA volunteer.
“I am very grateful and very honored,” Castaneda said as he accepted the award. “This organization has done a lot for me and the company that I run. Getting to know everybody — the vendors, dealers and BTA staff — has been very special to me and it has helped my dealership come a long way. I am really honored. Thank you very much.”
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