From left, Göran Nyberg, Navistar’s EVP of Commercial Operations; Vaughan Waters, Waters Group; David Waters, Dealer Principal, Waters Group; and Mathias Carlbaum, Navistar president and CEO. Vaughan and David Waters accept the 2022 International Dealer of the Year award for Waters Group at the annual President's Club meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

International Truck names 2022 Dealer of the Year, presidential award winners

May 25, 2023
Waters Group, a Mississippi-based International Truck and IC Bus dealer group, has received the 2022 International Dealer of the Year award for their industry-leading uptime and performance.

International Truck announced Waters Group as the 2022 North American Truck Dealer of the Year for their commitment to providing industry-leading uptime and performance in annual sales, service, and customer satisfaction. Dealer Principal David Waters and his son, Vaughan Waters, accepted the award.

Waters Group, a Mississippi-based International Truck and IC Bus dealer group, currently operates six locations and employs more than 300 people. The Waters family acquired the International franchise in 1938 when Ray Waters Sr. founded the company in Columbus, Mississippi. Now, 85 years later, the company is managed by third- and fourth-generation family members: Mike, ML, and David Waters and their sons Michael, Josh, and Vaughan Waters, respectively.

“Waters Group has a customer-first mindset that Navistar values in our dealers and they have forged phenomenal relationships with local fleets, resulting in notable sales numbers,” said Jeff Felix, group vice president of dealer sales and operations. “Because of their rich legacy, community involvement, and family-oriented business model, we are proud to have them as one of the many successful dealerships in our vast dealer network.”

In 2022, Waters Group delivered more than 500 units to customers, sold nearly $21 million in parts, and all dealer locations received Prestige Standards certification for customer service. Three Waters Group sales employees received the Champions Club recognition for top delivered truck units numbers and the customer advocate award. In 2019, Waters Group was also named a top three performing dealer group by International Truck.

“A core goal of our company and a stated Waters family value is to achieve B.O.B. Excellence (best of the best) in all we do,” said David Waters. “This is a goal we set for each and every team member throughout our company. This was a tremendous team effort by all our employees and vendor partners that has allowed the Waters Group to be recognized. Most importantly, we appreciate our customers having faith and trust in us to serve their transportation needs.”

International Truck also recognized several dealerships with high vehicle and parts sales numbers, repair velocity, and Prestige Standards customer service.

The 2022 Presidential Award winners are:

  • Beauce/Amiante Group
  • Cornhusker International Trucks
  • Cumberland International
  • Diamond Group
  • Gibbs Truck Centers
  • Maxim Transportation Services Inc.
  • Nelson Leasing Inc.
  • Rechtien Group
  • Reseau Dynamique
  • Selking International
  • Waters Group
  • West Michigan International LLC
  • Wieland Sales Inc.
  • Winslow Gerolamy Motors
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