Civic Leadership Award Honoree 2010

Ryan LaFontaine

General Manager - LaFontaine Automotive Group

Ryan started his career at the age of 15 years old as a sales consultant, where he at an early age discovered the enjoyment of being in the Automotive Field. To become well rounded, Ryan rotated throughout each department while attending High School and College. Attended Northwood University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Marketing. After college Ryan has been active in running and managing 15 different franchises for the Automotive Group in positions such as Sales Management, General Sales Manager, and General Manager. His current day to day responsibility are actively tied to running GM’s largest BPG dealership in the country, and received that honor for Cadillac 3 out of the last 6 months. In 2008 he successfully executed the opening of GM’s first and only Gold LEED Certified building, that sits on 24 acres and is 63,000 square feet in size. The dealership is one of 5 Master Wholesale dealerships, Services over 4000 vehicles per month, Sells 3000 new and 1000 Pre Owned vehicles per year. He has served as Vice President of Cadillac LMG board, Vice President of BPG LMG board, On star advisory board, Huron Valley Chamber board member, Association board, National Green summit speaker and board member, National Kidney Foundation, Childhood Cancer speaker and presenter, and Northwood Auto show 2009 panelist. Ryan most recently received Crain’s Business 40 under 40 award for 2009.
As General Motors has LEED Plants and Hybrid vehicles demonstrate present-day realities and awareness, the LaFontaine Automotive Group provides an environment for which its Customers and Business Partners can be proud. Beyond making his family dealership an example of environmental stewardship, Ryan also is heavily involved in fundraising and events raising hundreds of thousands and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Ryan Overcame Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 31, and is still in full remission. A survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma himself, Ryan has hurtled head long into making fund raising and pro-active healing awareness of blood cancers a priority for his premier line of dealerships and the communities that they serve. He went from never missing a day of work for being sick in 12 years, to waking up one day finding out that he had cancer. This discovery took place while he was admits construction of the green dealership, and just recently found out that his wife was pregnant with twin boys. This fever of emotion has been the inspiration of why he feels it is so important to give back and why he is so passionate on making a difference for cancer.
Nominated for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year award, Ryan is completing his two-year leukemia challenge odyssey by hosting a variety of events: Rolling in The Green Golf Outing, Dreaming in Green Family day and classic car show, and Leukemia Bash 2010 at Henry Ford Museum on May 14 2010. Encouraging throughout the campaign to enter a drawings for a pair of Pontiac Solstice convertibles being given away at his dealership and doing all he can to raise dollars, awareness and emphasizing the day-to-day privilege that life is post his successful challenge. This campaign is not about “ego” rather it is a way to give back and use his good fortunes in family life and business, to inspire awareness and support for a great cause.
For this innovation, awareness, thought-leadership and community service – the Twilight Benefit Committee is proud to honor Mr. LaFontaine with a 2010 Twilight Foundation Civic Leadership Award.

Ryan accepts award at the 2010 Twilight Awards Gala Cruise

"Receiving the Twilight Benefit Ambassador award hit near and dear to my heart. Events like this that reward and encourage giving back to our community are priceless. The Twilight Benefit is an example of how one passionate person can inspire a world of change. Each and every person can make a difference. We are all responsible for having an impact for future generations to come. In my case, it was the work of many unselfish individuals who raised funds to get Hodgkin's Lymphoma to a 86% cure rate. If it was not for their efforts, I would not of been able to make a difference for others who are impacted by cancer."

-Ryan LaFontaine

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