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Recognizing a Community Leader , Entrepreneur and Family Man.

Each year, chambers of commerce throughout Putnam County recognize those among their community who have demonstrated a concern for their community and strong business sense  Thto be Richie D’Andrea of Park Ford in Mahopac.  
Park Lincoln-Mercury, of Yonkers, was founded in 1975 by Richie’s wife Donna’s father, Leonard Conora.  Richie went to work for the dealership in 1979 and met Donna during his tenure e Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce has chosen their 2012 Businessperson of the Year there.   He then left to work at Ford Motor Company for a few years before returning to Park in 1982.  Richie and Donna married in 1983, and the couple settled into a life of running the dealership and raising a family.
In 1996, the couple financed everything to buy out their business partner and relocate the franchise from south Yonkers to north Yonkers, then moved the business, now called Park Ford, to Mahopac just four years later. With the family working together and risking it all , Tlthe dealership has been very successful – even in a challenging economy their best-ever volume and profit was in 2011.  Now employing 38 people, the company has spent another $500,000 to expand in 2012 and plans an enhanced service department.  Richie and Donna have three sons, Richie (27), Nick (24) and Thomas (17).  Nick has followed in Dad’s footsteps to work in the automobile business at Park Ford. In Fact Nick recently helped me in my leasing of a Ford Focus ( I love my Focus!).
Of his award, Richie displays the usual low-key and humble demeanor that has made him so well respected in the community.  “This success is only through being an active member of the Chamber,” says Richie.  “It is to be shared with all the active members.”  A personal role model, friend and mentor, Richie helped lead the expansion of the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber in recent years, as him and I also co-directed the Shop Putnam Business and Home Expo for 3 years in a row.   The local business community is lucky to have the D’Andrea family be such active partners in leading us forward!
-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, Putnam County Chambers of Commerce