Longtime Weatherford car dealer Jerry Durant has been nominated for the 2014 TIME Dealer of the Year Award.Durant, owner of Jerry’s Chevrolet, is one of 57 nominees from across the country and the only Texas representative. The winning dealer will be announced in January when all of the nominated dealers are honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition in New Orleans.The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly-coveted awards. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Durant, 66, was chosen to represent Texas by Bill Wolters, president of the Texas Automobile Association. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial and in cooperation with NADA. “The dealers nominated for this award are community heroes, as well as economic and civil leaders, who have time and again shown their dedication to making a difference,” said Tim Russi, president of auto finance for Ally Financial.A panel of faculty members from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one National Dealer of the Year. “Every day we strive harder to give the customer the best service and it’s something that’s constantly on our minds,” Durant said in a phone interview.In its third year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on the recently launched website, AllyDealerHeroes.com, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of auto dealers across the U.S. A 1965 graduate of Granbury High School, Durant earned a degree in business administration, majoring in banking and finance, at the University of North Texas. He graduated in 1969 and worked for his family’s dealership before buying a bankrupt store in Weatherford, which he named Jerry’s Chevrolet. Today, he has three additional dealerships representing Toyota, Scion and Hyundai. Durant is active in the community as well serving as a member of the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. He has also donated time to further education initiatives by serving on boards for the Weatherford ISD, Weatherford College and the Project Opportunity Scholarship Foundation at WHS. For his efforts, Durant received the Heroes for Children award from the Texas State Board of Education, as well as the Distinguished Alumni from UNT. Additionally, Durant has received the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizen award and the James H. Doss award, both given to individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the community. Durant and his wife, Vickie, have two children and two grandchildren.