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Hall-of-Fame

Shelly Suddith accepting the award on Bob's behalf.

Congratulations to Hoffman Automotive's late Dealer Robert "Bob" Suddith who was recently inducted into the Maryland Automotive Dealers Association Hall of Fame.

The Maryland Automobile Dealers Association Foundation [MADAF] recently celebrated it's 2nd year with a black tie gala in Annapolis, MD. After a seated dinner, we then paid tribute to our 2011 Hall of Fame nominee, Robert "Bob" Suddith of Hoffman Automotive Group in Hagerstown, MD.

Sam Weaver, MADAF Chairman, regaled us with Bob's life story and provided examples of his wonderful philanthropy. Everyone was presented with a USA flag pin-a remainder from Bob's 9/11 tribute cause which raised over $200,000 in funds for victim's families. Sam then called up Bob's widow, Shelly, who said a few kind words on Bob's behalf before accepting the award in his honor-a crystal tablet bearing Bob's image.

Robert B. Suddith: 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee

MADA is proud to recognize Robert B. Suddith (1932-2004) as our second inductee into the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association Hall of Fame.

Bob began his automotive career as the Used Car Manager at Chevy Chase Chevrolet in Bethesda, MD. He purchased the Executive Pontiac dealership in Baltimore in 1968 and then purchased Hoffman Chevrolet in Hagerstown, MD in 1980 and expanded the business in the years that followed. Throughout his career, Bob was the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions in the industry. He served as Chairman of the Board for MADA; served as the Maryland Director on the National Automobile Dealers Association; and was the 1997 Maryland nominee for the TIME Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year Award. Bob was also known for his extreme generosity and his philanthropic passions. He and Shelly founded the Suddith Charitable Foundation which gives annually to local schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, and also contributes to international needs. Following September 11, 2001, Bob and Shelly opened Uncle Sam's Workshop. They made and sold beaded flag pins, ultimately donating over $200,000 in funds to the families of 9/11 victims. MADA is quite proud to induct Robert B. Suddith into our Hall of Fame. He was truly a remarkable and an unforgettable man!