The IUP Center for Family Business (CFB) will present the Distinguished Family Business Award to the Delaney family at 5 p.m. Monday in the Eberly Auditorium.
The Delaney Automotive Group, the business that the Delaney family started, has been a mainstay in the Indiana area for more than four decades.
There are three different Delaney dealerships in Indiana today: Delaney Chevrolet/Buick, Delaney Honda and Delaney Hyundai/ Subaru.
“The Center for Family Business recognizes annually a family that has achieved excellence in its industry, contributed significantly to its community and successfully succeeded ownership and management to the second generation or beyond,” according to the award program’s page on the IUP website.
The webpage notes that 62 percent of the American workforce is employed by family-owned businesses.
Ellen Ruddock, CFB director, said the award serves as recognition for Indiana’s family businesses and their “importance in our economy.” The winners are chosen by Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Dean Robert C. Camp, according to the webpage.
Camp is also a member of the CFB.
During the event, the Delaney family will describe the evolution of their automotive business and their successes and failures along the way, according to Ruddock.
Following the family’s presentation will be tree ceremony.
Each year, a tree is dedicated to the family being recognized. Additionally, a plaque is installed for the family in the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP.
Susan and Jack Delaney started their automotive business by purchasing Stafford Chevrolet in the spring of 1971.
Susan Delaney’s name is also featured in front of Delaney Hall, one of the housing residences on IUP’s campus.
Previous winners of the Distinguished Family Business Award include the Lockard family, the Sheetz family and the Reschini family, according to the CFB webpage.
If you are interested in attending the event, please email Maureen Bash at email@example.com as soon as possible.