(TRINIDAD, COLORADO) Jay Cimino, President and CEO of Phil Long Dealerships, will speak at the graduation ceremony at Trinidad State Junior College on May 9.
A Trinidad native and Trinidad State alumnus, Cimino has been instrumental in inspiring growth and change in the local community through the establishment of the Trinidad Community Foundation, Phil Long Toyota of Trinidad, Phil Long Ford of Raton, Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness, and Community Center, and recent plans for La Puerta de Colorado, a proposed downtown revitalization development to include a classic car museum, brew pub and restaurant, and other attractions designed to bring tourists to Trinidad. He also funds scholarships for Holy Trinity Academy concurrent enrollment students and students planning to attend Trinidad State after graduation. As a tribute to Cimino’s vision and contribution to the revitalization of the area, the City of Trinidad honored him by naming the downtown city park and playground at Cedar Street and Convent “Cimino Family Park.”
Joining Phil Long Ford in 1975 as the General Manager, Cimino’s career ultimately lead to his current position as President and CEO of Phil Long Dealerships—this consists of eight franchises and 23 establishments in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Trinidad, Colo. and Raton, N.M. Under Cimino’s leadership, the Phil Long family of Dealerships has received numerous industry awards for record-breaking sales, superior customer service, innovative design and presentation, state-of-the-art facilities, design, development, and community service. Most recently Cimino was nominated as the Time Dealer of the Year, and was honored with the most prestigious award a civilian can receive from the Army, Fort Carson’s Good Neighbor award. Additionally the American Red Cross honored Cimino as the Humanitarian of the Year for his contributions throughout the State.
Among the many community endeavors Cimino spearheads, his leadership and commitment to giving back to the community gave life to the Phil Long Community Fund. Since its inception in 1991, the Phil Long Community Fund has granted more than $2 million to youth organizations across the Front Range. The PLCF signature program is the Fantasy Playground Project; since 1996, Phil Long employees have built 15 playgrounds in Denver and Colorado Springs.
Cimino and his wife, Emily Cimino (Roitz), also a Trinidad native and Trinidad State alumna, have four children and eight grandchildren, all who live in Colorado Springs.
Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. in the “Pit” at Trinidad State, a grassy amphitheater just west of Scott Gym. A separate graduation ceremony will take place at the Trinidad State Valley Campus at 6 p.m. at Alamosa High School in Alamosa.
Dr. Harold Deselms, who served as the sixth president of Trinidad State Junior College from 1991 to 2001, will speak at the Valley Campus graduation ceremony. His presidency saw many transitions, including the merger of the San Luis Valley Area Vocational School with Trinidad State to create the Valley Campus in 1994 – 20 years ago.
“We are fortunate to have two such powerful speakers joining us to wish our graduates well,” said Trinidad State President Dr. Carmen Simone.