Zeigler Auto Group Earns Its 16th Best & Brightest Companies to Work For® in West Michigan Award

Zeigler Auto Group Among West Michigan's Best & Brightest
Companies To Work For® for the 16th Time

Zeigler Auto Group is proud to announce that it is once again among West Michigan's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For. This is the organization's 16th win since 2007. The 2022 West Michigan Best & Brightest Companies to Work For list is published yearly by the National Association for Business Resources. In order to receive the recognition, organizations are evaluated by an independent research firm on best practices in human resources and more.

KALAMAZOO, MICH. (May 16, 2022) - Zeigler Auto Group has once again been recognized as one of the  Best & Brightest Companies to Work For® in West Michigan. The coveted award is presented yearly by the National Association for Business Resources. This is the sixteenth win for the organization since 2007, with Zeigler Auto Group winning from 2007-2011, and every year since 2013.


"We are so proud of our teams in Michigan for earning this award for an incredible sixteen times! It is also especially meaningful to us because Michigan is where Zeigler Auto Group is based and where it all started. What an incredible honor for us, we hope to continue to earn many more in the years to come," said Aaron Zeigler, president and CEO of Zeigler Auto Group.

This year's winners were chosen after a careful evaluation from an independent research firm based on key measures in various categories.These categories included: Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives, and Strategic Company Performance.

"West Michigan is where it all started for us in 1975.  To continually be a winner in this region with other amazing organizations is an honor.  We are proud of the reputation we have built over the years, the amazing workplace for our team and the fantastic customer experience we provide!" said Mike Van Ryn, director of talent development at Zeigler Auto Group. 

"Being awarded as a Best & Brightest Company is validation!  I know I work for a great company!  I know I work with great people!  I know I'm part of a great culture! The Best & Brightest Award validates, in a public and professional way, what I know and feel everyday being part of a great organization!"

Dan Scheid, CFO, Zeigler Auto Group

"Being part of a company that has been awarded the Best and Brightest place to work showcases our commitment to our employees which has transferred into superior customer service. Our culture and Training programs attract and retain top level employees. It gives me great pride to be involved in an organization that is committed to their craft, their employees and their community."

Bob Kuehl, VP of FixedOps, Zeigler Auto Group

"It all starts from the top. In my case, Aaron and Dan Scheid were very intentional about showing me a path and how Zeigler is different, and not just in the automotive space, but with all businesses, and that's why we are getting these Best & Brightest awards for Chicago and West Michigan, because we are so intentional about who we recruit and finding talent." 

Zach Terrell, Exec. Development Associate, Zeigler Auto Group

Zeigler and other winning companies will be honored on Thursday, July 14, 2022 on a virtual platform, where they will compete for 13 elite awards--with one granted for each category: Best of the Best Small, Medium, and large. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a "Best of the Best Overall" award.

According to the National Association for Business Resources' classification process, Zeigler Auto Group falls within the large business category with over 2,300 employees across Michigan, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Indiana.


"These 2022 winning organizations have stood out during unpredictable times and have proven they are an employer of choice. They continue to keep the needs of their employees first and provide perks that include, development, wellbeing, work-life balance, rewards and recognition.  In addition, these winning companies offer a fantastic work culture and workplace environment that attracts and retains superior employees," said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of NABR and The Best and Brightest Program.

About the Best and Brightest to Work For® Program 

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a national program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. 

This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, West Michigan and Nationally. 

About Zeigler Auto Group

Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately-owned dealer groups in the U.S. with 76 automotive franchises across 31 locations in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Vehicle brands represented include all of the domestic and the majority of the imported manufacturers.


Besides its extensive automotive portfolio, the organization owns and operates Zeigler Motorsports, an 85,000-square-foot motorsports dealership and action park, offering 15 different powersports brands, plus its own onsite restaurant: Trak Houz Bar & Grill. Additionally, Zeigler Motorsports houses the Elevate Leadership & Team Building Academy, an executive training company.


The Kalamazoo-based dealer group also owns and operates Zeigler Pre-Owned of Chicago, a Carquest Auto Parts store, three Byrider franchises, three finance companies, several insurance firms, and a leasing firm.


Founded in 1975, the organization employs over 2,300 people with annual sales of $1.7 billion, ranking among the top 1% of automotive dealers in the nation. The family-owned and operated company is well known for its commitment to both customer service and employee satisfaction. Zeigler is regularly recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation, also earning similar accolades in Chicago and Michigan.