2009 Musser Excellence in Leadership Award

Daniel H. Polett

President, CEO and Dealer Principal,
Lexus of Chester Springs
Immediate Past Chairman,
Temple University Board of Trustees

Daniel H. PolettDaniel H. Polett has enjoyed a long relationship with Temple University, first as a businessman neighbor and later on governing bodies, including the board that oversees Temple’s hospital and health system and the university Board of Trustees, of which he is immediate past chairman.

His service to the university, which has included contributions to scholarship funds, has earned him the Acres of Diamonds Award (1993) and the Russell Conwell Award (1995), the highest honor given to a non-alumnus. He received an honorary degree for Public Service in 1998.

Daniel began his automotive career in 1960 through an executive training program with General Motors after graduating with honors from Fordham University. He joined Wilkie Buick Company as general manager in 1968 and became president in 1969. He currently is president, CEO and dealer principal of Wilkie Lexus in Haverford and Lexus of Chester Springs.

His success in the industry has been highlighted throughout his career, with awards that include Time magazine’s 1975 and 1995 Magazine Quality Dealer Award, the Sports Illustrated Import Dealer of the Year, The 2006 PENJERDEL Council Citizen of the Year Award in 2006, and the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry’s 2007 Small Business Leader of the Year Award.

Apart from his various roles in the automobile industry, Daniel has also served as a member of many business associations, such as the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. He is also a former member of the board of directors for Meridian Bankcorp, CoreStates Bank and First Union Bank.

Even with the demands of a successful career, Daniel has found time to give back, and he has received continuous recognition for his community service. He is a member of the Board of Directors for both Catholic Social Services and St. Ignatius Nursing Home, and he is the longtime chairman of the Cardinal’s Christmas Party for Children through Catholic Social Services and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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