SHELBURNE-Champlain College named Jack DuBrul of Shelburne its 2009 Distinguished Citizen for his long-time behind-the-scenes support of community and educational programs.
The award was presented to Dubrul, age 75, at the college's recent 2009 Convocation ceremony as part of the welcome for the incoming class of 2013.
College President David F. Finney told the gathering, including 550 freshmen, that "Jack DuBrul long ago figured out that combining his passions with his work was the formula for both a successful business and a rewarding role in the community."
DuBrul, owner of the Automaster car dealership on Shelburne Road in Shelburne, talked to students about his early days in the business and how he grew from a Rambler dealer to offering some of the top prestige cars in the industry - Honda, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Land Rover. He cited his ability to change with the wind in adapting and growing his business as both cars and the market changed over the past 40 years.
When he started selling cars, he had five employees, Automaster now has more than 100 employees, he said.
The Distinguished Citizen Award acknowledges DuBrul's many roles in the community, from serving 18 years on the Merchant's Bank board of directors to helping countless civic and charitable organizations, including Shelburne Farms, Champlain College, the Visiting Nurse Association, Fletcher Allen Health Care, United Way, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Vermont Mozart Festival and the Flynn Center for Performing Arts.
DuBrul's philanthropy is often behind the scenes, supporting individuals in need without fanfare or recognition.