Recognized for Leadership, Innovation, and Community Support NORTH BETHESDA, MD – May 19, 2016A humble man who credits his success and prosperity to helping the underprivileged and underrepresented citizens of our communities. This is how Linda Plummer, President of the NAACP Montgomery County MD Unit, describes Jack Fitzgerald, founder and CEO of Fitzgerald Auto Malls. Fitzgerald was recently recognized and awarded the NAACP’s Presidential Humanitarian award.
“The NAACP's Presidential Humanitarian award is given to a person who has consistently exhibited the concern for community residents versus the commonly recognized actions of those who represent the entities of 'power and prestige’,” states Linda Plummer. “We salute Mr. Fitzgerald’s contributions to public safety, responsible consumer access, exposing youth to workplace environments and providing the renowned “FitzWay” business practices.”
For 50 years, Fitzgerald Auto Malls has been one of Maryland’s leading car dealers and consumer advocates. Fitzgerald’s leadership has advanced a number of industry standards. He has always stressed the importance of consumer education and supported efforts to strengthen local laws to protect consumers. Fitzgerald’s business practices have also demonstrated an unwavering commitment to passenger safety and environmental responsibility.
Fitzgerald is a staunch advocate for Child Passenger Safety, having worked to protect more than 47,000 children in car seats. FitzMall created a model public/private partnership that works to educate parents and caregivers about child safety seats and how to properly install them. He and his dealerships have won the National Capital Business Ethics Award, Community Leadership Awards, and endless recognition for consumer advocate safety and environmental awareness.
FitzMall acts responsibly to reduce carbon emissions and promotes sustainability. They are committed to green energy on a variety of fronts. The Toyota dealership in Germantown, MD is LEED Gold Certified—the first auto dealership with this certification east of the Mississippi. They were the first auto group to be a part of the EPA Green Power Partnership by purchasing all electricity to run every dealership from green sources.
“First, I am surprised because everyone kept this award a secret from me. But I am also extremely humbled to receive this award,” explained Jack Fitzgerald. “The Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP works hard to improve and ensure equality of rights for all citizens in Montgomery County, in areas like economic sustainability, education, health, and public safety. I am proud that our Fitzgerald Auto Mall family makes every effort to support the principals of the NAACP in our communities, on the environment, and in our industry. Our philosophy of doing things the “FitzWay” means treating everyone with honesty, respect, and dignity, dealing in good faith, and creating ways to be better at what we do.”
“I am a lifetime member of the NAACP and you have my promise that Fitzgerald Auto Malls will continue to support their efforts,” Jack Fitzgerald added.
Jack Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Auto Malls were recognized for their leadership, innovation, and service to our communities. A wealth of consumer and environmental information can be found at www.FitzMall.com.