The American International Automobile Dealers Assn. honored Shau-wai Lam of Summit, NJ with its new “Dealers Making an Impact Grassroots Advocacy Award” during AIADA's International Auto Summit in Washington, DC.

Lam is the first-ever award recipient, which recognizes the member of AIADA's grassroots initiative — the Legislative Action Network — who exhibits dedication in advocating the organization's mission to members of Congress.

“Shau-wai Lam has played an exceptional role in helping his members of Congress understand the issues affecting auto dealers,” said AIADA President Cody Lusk. “As a successful businessman who is active in his community, he is proof that international automobile dealers are an irreplaceable component of America's vitality.”

Lam, who was named Ward's Dealer Business' 2005 Dealer of the Year, initially joined Dah Chong Hong (DCH) Trading Corporation in 1967, where he worked on international trade issues.

DCH started its foray into automobiles in 1977 with DCH Paramus Honda in New Jersey. He was appointed President of DCH in 1988. Today, DCH Auto Group operates 27 dealerships in California, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, and posted sales of over $1.83 billion in 2008.

The company also holds more J.D. Power and Associates Dealer of Excellence Awards than any other dealer group.