Jay Cimino was recognized as the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC’s 2021 Business Citizen of the Year

Photos Cover: Jay at podium receiving his award, from left to right:  Dirk Draper, President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, Gina Cimino, President of Mt. Carmel of Colorado, Kevin O’Neil, 2019 Award recipient, and Jay Cimino, President and CEO of Phil Long Dealerships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 15, 2021 – Jay Cimino, president and CEO, Phil Long Dealerships, and founder of Mt. Carmel Veterans Center, was recognized as the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC’s 2021 Business Citizen of the Year at the organization’s annual GALA. More than 800 community and business leaders celebrated this year’s recipient at the Chamber & EDC’s annual GALA, held Saturday, Nov. 13 at The Broadmoor.

The award recognizes a business individual who contributes to the economic growth and prosperity of the Colorado Springs area, is involved in the betterment of the community through active civic participation and demonstrates a willingness to assist in business and community projects, among other factors.

“Jay is not only an incredibly innovative and successful entrepreneur, but also one of our region’s most generous philanthropists. His passion for this community is equally as impressive as his business success, overseeing Phil Long Dealerships, Colorado’s largest privately held auto group. He employs more than a thousand people throughout Colorado, with a significant number here in the Pikes Peak region. He invests in his employees, our region’s veterans and military installations, and his community. He truly embodies Business Citizen of the Year,”

said Dirk Draper, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.

Cimino, a Trinidad, Colorado native and Marine Corps veteran, joined Phil Long Dealerships in 1975 as general manager, ultimately leading to his current position of president and CEO. His philanthropic contributions are many: he was instrumental in helping renovate and build an addition on to the Marian House, expanding it from a soup kitchen to a self-sufficient center; he leads an organization-wide annual Pikes Peak United Way campaign, where employees have pledged over $1 million for local nonprofits and community members in need, and he helped spearhead 15 Fantasy Playgrounds throughout Colorado, including those at America the Beautiful and Memorial parks in Colorado Springs. But perhaps his proudest accomplishments are the Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center in Trinidad and the Mt. Carmel Veterans Center in Colorado Springs, serving Southern Colorado’s veterans, including transitioning military members. Cimino also supports the Fort Carson Resiliency Campus and Warrior Transition Battalion. He also co-founded The Home Front Cares, which merged in 2020 with Pikes Peak Care Network to form the Home Front Military Network. Since 2020, Cimino has been inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and into the inaugural 2021 Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame.

Photo: Jay at podium thanking event attendees

About Phil Long Dealerships

Phil Long Dealerships’ history started in 1945 with one Ford Dealership in Motor City. Today, Phil Long Dealerships is the largest privately held automotive group in the state of Colorado, consisting of 11 auto brands representing Ford, Lincoln, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Genesis, Kia, Honda, Mercedes, Audi, Toyota and Subaru, under 30 rooftops in Glenwood Springs, Denver, Colorado Springs, Trinidad, and Raton, New Mexico.

Phil Long Dealerships treats the needs of each individual customer with commitment and dedication. Our customers have high expectations, and as a premier automotive dealer, we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. Phil Long Dealerships was voted #1 auto dealer in 2021 by readers of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Best in Business Awards and the Gazette’s Best of the Springs Awards.

For more information, visit Phil Long Dealerships, Facebook, or call us at 844.742.5565

See more blog posts

Related Articles

Artist Talk on Art – October 15th, Artist Dawn Howkinson Siebel will lead a discussion on her exhibit, better angels, the firefighters of 9/11

Artist Talk on Art  Public Program, Saturday, October 15th, 2 p.m. at MoF. Artist Dawn Howkinson Siebel will lead a discussion on her exhibit, better angels, the firefighters of 9/11. 600 Main Street, Walsenburg, CO. About Better Angels: Dawn Howkinson Siebel’s exhibit, Better Angels consists of paintings that depict the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11. Each painting is a portrait of these fallen firefighters on a 6” x 4” burned block of Baltic Birch. The compositions are in black, white, and raw umber. The complete work is the totality of all portraits in seven rows of 49 columns that span 48 inches by 21 feet. This exhibit has traveled around the country. To learn more visit betterangels911.com  or museumoffriends.org  Light refreshments will be served. This exhibit

Read More »