Dave Strong, owner of Dave Strong's Volkswagen, 1045 S. State, has received a commemorative award from Volkswagen United States in recognition for 35 years as a Volkswagen dealer. He received the award from Hans-Jorg Hungerland, president of Volkswagen of America. Strong's family started the dealership in 1955, one of the first franchised Volkswagen dealerships in the U.S., with seven employees. Today, he has 50 employees and has sold more than 10,000 Volkswagens.