HANOVER, Md. — Michael Benoit, senior partner in Hudson Cook LLP’s automotive finance group, has been honored with a 2014 Auto Finance Excellence Award, which recognizes achievement and contribution to the automotive finance industry. The award was presented on Oct. 7 at the Auto Finance News’ annual Auto Finance Summit in Las Vegas, NV.

Michael, columnist for F&I and Showroom magazine, was cited as “an advocate who has gone above and beyond the status quo to make a substantive contribution to the auto finance industry.” The award was presented by JJ Hornblass, publisher of the Auto Finance News.

“We are hard-pressed to find any industry advocate who has been a greater proponent for auto finance, especially in the face of unprecedented regulatory action from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulators,” Hornblass said. “We thank you for your tireless advocacy, for your passion for auto finance, for your expertise developed over so many years of practice and dedication, and for your leadership.”

Tom Hudson, Hudson Cook chairman, added: “We’ve seen Michael’s dedication to the auto finance industry for many years, and we congratulate Michael for this gratifying and well deserved recognition from the industry we serve.”