June 21, 2016 – Dutchess Community College welcomed almost 200 guests to the 2016 Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person of the Year luncheon on June 16 to honor this year’s award recipient, Peter Maher, owner of Mid-Hudson Subaru and Rhinebeck Ford.
Maher began his career in car dealerships decades ago in service departments, moving on to sales and management. He bought a share of a Hyundai dealership in 2002, and five years later opened his own Subaru franchise on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie. Last year he took over Rhinebeck Ford.
His focus on the local community led him to lobby Subaru’s corporate leadership to allow proceeds from the company’s annual national fundraiser to be directed to local nonprofits. Last year, Mid-Hudson Subaru raised $43,000 for the Grace Smith House, which serves women and children affected by domestic violence. Additionally, the dealership runs an annual coat drive through which thousands of coats are collected and donated to local nonprofit organizations for distribution.
The Poughkeepsie Journal Business Person of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an individual whose leadership, hard work and dedication made a measurable impact on the economic viability and vitality of the region and the surrounding community. The award recipient is selected by a panel of judges from all sectors of the community, including the previous year’s winner.
The award luncheon was co-sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Dutchess Community College Foundation and the law firm of Corbally, Gartland, and Rappleyea, LLP.