Michael R. Houx ’73, president of Sandia Automotive Corp. in New Mexico, was named the 2007 TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award for his record of community service and industry accomplishments.

Houx is one of only 60 automobile dealers, from more than 19,500 nationwide, nominated for the 38th annual award. Recipients are those who demonstrate a long-standing commitment to effective community service and are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers.

An Aggie management graduate, Houx is a BMW and MINI dealer in Albuquerque and Santa Fe who got his start at the age of 24 as a sales manager for a Dallas Porsche Audi dealership. In 1986, he bought a BMW dealership in Albuquerque; in 2004, he added the MINI franchise; and in 2005 he added a BMW Motorcylce franchise—making Sandia BMW in Albuquerque one of the few BMW campuses in the nation to offer all BMW products in one location.

Houx and his dealership have also supported a wide range of organizations and causes, including Texas A&M, where he and wife Debbie have established a learning endowment to build entrepreneurship studies at the business school. He’s also been a major benefactor of Texas A&M’s collegiate equestrian program, and in New Mexico is on the board of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.