Jim Luikens of Hudsonville, Michigan recently received the 2017 Silver Star Award from Daimler AG of Stuttgart, Germany. The Silver Star Award recognizes a lifetime of achievement by a non-employee in the advancement of Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand and its vehicles.

With his win, Jim becomes only the fourth American ever to receive the award in its 61-year history. He was recognized for his long list of contributions to both Daimler and MBUSA as well as their dealers, owners and customers.

The award itself is a large piece engraved crystal that is accompanied by a certificate that explains the reasons for the award. It is signed by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, the Chairman of Daimler’s Board of Management and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Terry Kiwala, President of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, presented the award to Mr. Luikens in Dr. Zetsche’s absence.