The list of Terry D’Arcy’s community involvement is endless, which is why he was chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Marx Gibson Community Leadership Award given jointly by the University of St. Francis and Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
D’Arcy is president of D’Arcy Motors, one of the region’s largest automobile dealerships. He is the 13th recipient of the award, given in the name of the late newspaperman Marx Gibson, who was dedicated to volunteerism and making a positive difference in the community.
The award was presented by USF President Arvid Johnson and Russ Slinkard, CEO of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Nov. 13 at the chamber’s Community Leadership School graduation dinner. “Terry has provided his time, talent and resources to countless charitable organizations,” said Johnson, who added that the Marx Gibson Community Leadership Award is very much in keeping with the university’s mission and Franciscan ideal of service through leadership.
“As president of D’Arcy Motors, Terry oversees one of the region’s largest automobile dealerships. His success as a businessman has never overshadowed his unselfish support to numerous area organizations through both personal involvement and corporate sponsorships,” added Slinkard.
D’Arcy’s community involvement includes significant service to the following organizations: United Way, Will County Pillars Society, Joliet Park District Foundation, University of St. Francis, Right Moves for Youth, Joliet Franciscan Learning Center, Joliet Area Historical Museum, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center and Meals on Wheels.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association from 2000-2009 and was the chairman of the Board in 2006. He also served as chairman of the Board of the Chicago Auto Show in 2007, and is presently a member of the General Motors National Dealer Council.
D’Arcy also serves as president of the Chicagoland and North West Indiana Dealer Marketing Association for Buick and GMC, and was recently appointed a director of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority. He is a founding member of First Community Bank of Joliet and serves on its board of directors.
Terry has been the recipient of many notable awards including Joliet Junior College’s J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award; the Community Service Award from Illinois Parks and Recreation Association; the Sam Walton Business Award; Philanthropist of the Year from the Southwest Suburban Philanthropic Network; United Way of Will County “Roger Osman” Distinguished Volunteer Award; U.N.I.C.O. Person of the Year; and the University of St. Francis Caritas Award.
D’Arcy Automotive Group was awarded the 2008 Business of the Year Award by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and the Representative Tom Cross’ “Ovation to Business” Award in November 2011.
Terry and his wife, Sue, reside in Shorewood. He is the father of four.
Past Marx Gibson Community Leadership Award winners include: Diane Habiger, owner and manager of Lincolnshire Properties; Robert Wysocki, owner of Grant’s Appliances, Electronics and More; Walter Zaida, long-time vice president of Joliet Junior College; Pam Heavens, executive director of Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living; J. D. Ross, retired president of Joliet Junior College and executive director of the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic; Dr. Albert Ray, Jr., retired anesthesiologist and volunteer for the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic; Terry Ruettiger, founder of Ruettiger, Tonelli and Associates; Jean Hansen, manager of the Joliet Office for the Illinois Department of Employment Security; John Mezera, retired long-time City of Joliet manager; Billie Limacher, park founder and community activist; Val Rand, owner and operator of Hallmark Gold Crown stores; John Leach, home builder and philanthropist; and Russ Slinkard, CEO of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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