Zeigler Earns Ninth Consecutive Chicago’s Best & Brightest Companies To Work For® Award, Only Dealer Group Honored

Zeigler Auto Group Honored with Chicago's Best & Brightest

Companies To Work For® Award for the Ninth Year In A Row

Zeigler Automotive Group today announced that it has once again been named one of 'Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®' by the National Association for Business Resources. In order to qualify for the award, organizations must be evaluated by an independent research firm that grades each company using a strict guideline for best practices in human resources and more. Zeigler Auto Group was the only dealer group awarded the distinction this year. This will also be the ninth consecutive win for the dealer group since 2012.

CHICAGO (May 9, 2022) - The National Association for Business Resources has released its list for Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, with Zeigler Auto Group earning the prestigious accolade; and listed as the only auto group amongst the winners. Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach are selected as winners. This is the ninth consecutive win for the Kalamazoo-based auto group, having won the award in the Chicago area every year since 2012.


"Earning a prestigious award like this one is always an honor, but earning it nine times in a row really demonstrates the level of commitment of our team in Chicago. They have truly embodied our P.R.I.D.E. statement with Passion, Reputation, Integrity, Drive, and Execution at all levels," said Aaron Zeigler, president and CEO of Zeigler Auto Group. 

Winning companies are selected by an independent research firm that evaluates each company's entry, based on various categories. These include 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.

"Winning an award like this is a tribute to our teams in Chicago! Culture is something you are continuously building.  Our customers and team members can feel the difference!  We are proud to provide an amazing workplace for our team and a superb customer experience!" 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

"Being awarded as a Best & Brightest Company is truly an honor and I am equally honored to be a part of such an amazing organization. Joining the Zeigler Auto Group was the best career decision I ever made and I am excited for what's to come. Our culture, leadership, and customer focus challenges us all to be better every day. This award validates our hard work and dedication to be the best at everything we do."

Eric Johnson, GM of of Zeigler CDJR of Schaumburg


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 organization's classification process of business sizes, 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.