John Yark is president of Yark Automotive Group in Toledo, Ohio.
Mr. Yark's automotive career began in 1973, when he started working as a porter for Papenhagen Oldsmobile. With his older brother, the two worked through all positions of the dealership including sales, service, body shop, and accounting. In 1981, Jim Yark purchased the Oldsmobile dealership, which at the time had just 50 employees. Together, over the years, the brothers grew the business into 10 franchises, with 6 stores in the Toledo market area. Jim Yark remained an active partner in the business until 2008 when the early onset of Alzheimer's Disease prevented him from daily tasks. He passed at the age of 62.
Under John Yark's direction, the stores currently employ over 350 employees representing 10 franchises including Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, Chevrolet, Subaru, Nissan, BMW, and Alfa Romeo. Yark Automotive Group has been the highest new and used sales volume car dealer in NW Ohio and SE Michigan for 19 years running selling over 8,900 vehicles in 2013 and poised to sell over 10,000 vehicles in 2014.
The dealership group have won several accolades over the years including: Time Quality Dealer nominee, Better Business Bureau Torch Award Winner, Toledo' City Paper's Best Place to Buy a Car in Toledo, Best Places to Work in Toledo, and a 3 year winner of Automotive News Best Places to Work awards.
Mr. Yark earned a degree in accounting and business from The Ohio State University in 1979.