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Larry Green receives GM 25-Year Award

Employees pose in front of Larry Green Chevrolet on Rodeo Drive on Wednesday morning. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Employees pose in front of Larry Green Chevrolet on Rodeo Drive on Wednesday morning. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

COTTONWOOD -- Larry Green opened Larry Green Chevrolet 25 years ago with five employees on South Main Street in Cottonwood.

Now Green, whose business has grown and become an important part of the community, has been honored with a GM 25-Year-Award for owning and operating Larry Green Chevrolet.

"He hit the ground running and never looked back," explained Steve Epperson, general Manager of Larry Green Chevrolet.

Green now employs more than 65 people between Larry Green Chevrolet and Hyundai of Cottonwood, Epperson said. Both auto franchises are next to each other on Rodeo Drive.

Epperson stressed that Green wanted to thank the community for its support and that none of the growth would have occurred without local support.

The original Chevrolet dealership was on Main Street where the Habitat for Humanity building is currently located.

In 25 years, Green has expanded his Cottonwood operation to four more cities, which includes 13 individual auto franchises, he said. "He grew the businesses one by one," Epperson said, adding that his son, Rob Green, is also a partner.

Green moved to the current location on Rodeo Drive about 10 years ago.

And Green has given back to the community.

He has the popular "Cool to Stay in School" program at his Cottonwood, as well as his other locations. One high school student in the area, who has perfect school attendance for the year, wins a brand new Chevrolet at each location. Green has heavily supported the local 4-H program at the fairgrounds since the beginning and assists the Old Town Mission, Epperson said.

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