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IN HONOR OF MICHAEL ALFORD
(Extensions of Remarks - April 25, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                       IN HONOR OF MICHAEL ALFORD

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                          HON. WALTER B. JONES

                           of north carolina

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, April 25, 2013

  Mr. JONES. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take a moment to honor 
Michael Alford, who has recently been recognized as this year's TIME 
Automobile Dealer of the Year.
  The TIME Dealer of the Year award is presented to an individual who 
displays both professional excellence and dedication to serving the 
community. Mr. Alford has exemplified both of these characteristics as 
the president of Marine Chevrolet Cadillac in Jacksonville, North 
Carolina, where he resides with his wife Alicia and their three 
children.
  Before becoming involved with the automobile industry, Mr. Alford 
enjoyed a successful career in banking. After purchasing Marine 
Chevrolet Cadillac from his father-in-law in 1997, he successfully 
applied many of the skills he had acquired in banking to his new 
position. Under Mr. Alford's leadership, sales at Marine Chevrolet 
Cadillac have nearly doubled.
  Mr. Alford's expertise positively impacted not only his car 
dealership, but also his community. The presence of Marine Corps Base 
Camp Lejeune in Onslow County causes the population to fluctuate often, 
and Mr. Alford has worked regularly with government officials since 
2007 to alleviate the negative consequences of these changes. He also 
served North Carolina as a member of the Board of Transportation.
  Mr. Alford has been a blessing to the residents of Eastern North 
Carolina in many capacities. His success at Marine Chevrolet Cadillac 
has allowed him to become a leader in Onslow County, a position in 
which he has excelled. I am grateful for Mr. Alford's service and 
pleased to have him recognized by the United States Congress.

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