Brian Benstock, vice president and general manager of Paragon Acura and Paragon Honda, was featured in an article in AutoSuccess magazine speaking about dealerships’ disaster preparation — especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The article was a panel interview with Benstock and other influential auto dealers — Jim Evans, owner and president of Evans Motorworks in Dayton, Ohio; Chris Saraceno, vice president and partner of Kelly Automotive Group in Pennsylvania and Florida; and Tony Provost, president and dealer principal for Nissan of Bourne in Massachusetts.
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Paragon Acura, the No. 1 Certified Acura Dealer in the world, hosted a special VIP Meet and Greet with 12-time MLB All-Star and five-time World Series champion Mariano Rivera on Jan. 26. The event at the Woodside, Queens dealership included memorabilia giveaways, a Q&A session, a photo-op session, a silent auction and much more.
“It was an honor to have one of the greatest baseball players of all-time with us at Paragon Acura,” said Brian Benstock, Vice President and General Manager of Paragon Acura. “Mariano is a well-respected athlete with deep roots in the New York community who has been driving an Acura for 17 years, which makes him the perfect spokesperson for our brand.”
Rivera, a loyal Acura owner since 1995, held a 45-minute Q&A session followed by a photo-op session with Paragon Acura’s special guests. There was also a giveaway of 24 signed assorted baseballs, as well as signed 16”x20” and 8”x10” photos for the dealership.The Paragon Acura event also featured a silent auction benefiting Rivera’s charity, The Mariano Rivera Foundation, which helps make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. A few specialty items were available for bidding, including a signed baseball commemorating Rivera’s record-setting 602nd save and signed photos. Rivera also personalized the items for those who placed the winning bid.
Rivera has been promoting Acura’s lineup as part of a partnership with the New York Acura Dealers Association, which consists of 11 Acura dealerships in the New York metro area. In addition, the association has been a proud sponsor of The Mariano Rivera Foundation. Throughout the year, Paragon Acura and each member of the association has allocated $50 per vehicle sold into a fund that benefits the organization and helps rebuild the century-old former Presbyterian Church in New Rochelle, New York.Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury early in 2012, the all-time saves leader announced a return to the Yankees for the 2013 season, his 19th in MLB. The 43-year-old Rivera recently told MLB.com earlier in January that he expects to be “100 percent” by the start of Spring Training.