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President / CEO
Carter Myers Automotive
Liza Borches is the 4th generation president and CEO of Carter Myers Automotive (CMA). Since she joined the company, CMA has grown from 3 dealerships to now include 13 dealerships in 3 cities representing 16 new car franchises. She is a graduate of St. Anne’s Belfield and the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce where she concentrated in marketing and finance.
Upon graduation, she joined American Honda Motor Company in Torrance, California for 7 years in the Auto Sales Division. She returned to the family business in 2003 to become the fourth generation to join Carter Myers Automotive, which was founded in 1924 by her great-grandfather in Petersburg, VA. She became president, CEO, and majority stockholder in 2012.
Ms. Borches is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for United Way Thomas Jefferson Area, member of the Board of Directors for the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia and is a co-founder of Women United, a collective giving organization founded in 2005 that has raised over a quarter million dollars for local non-profits serving women and children in the community. She is also on the Virginia Auto Dealers Association Board of Directors and was appointed by the Governor as a member of the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.
Her community service awards include Ford’s 2009 Salute to Dealers Award, the 2011 Athena Leadership Award, Charlottesville Woman’s 4 Under 40 award and Automotive News’ “40 Under 40 Retail” for 2013. She and her father accepted the Hovey S. Dabney Corporate Citizenship award on behalf of Carter Myers Automotive in 2013. In 2016 and 2017, CMA was name a Top Workplace in the Richmond area by the Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President
Mike Jackson is widely regarded as one of our generation’s most influential and effective auto industry leaders. As chairman, CEO and president of AutoNation, he has been singularly responsible for modernizing the automotive retail business, introducing contemporary operational practices and delivering an unprecedented degree of customer service.
America’s largest automotive retailer, AutoNation has distinguished itself as a standard bearer for customer focus, transparency and corporate success. AutoNation sells nearly 600,000 vehicles each year through over 360 new vehicle franchises in 260 stores, over 70 collision centers, 3 auto auctions, and 3 standalone preowned sales and service centers. AutoNation has been named America’s Most Admired Automotive Retailer by Fortune magazine five times, and continues to hold several positions on the coveted Automotive News “Best Dealership To Work For” list every year.
Mr. Jackson received the Excalibur Award in 2006, given to South Florida business Leader of the Year by the Sun-Sentinel. Automotive News named Mr. Jackson one of the “Fifty Visionary Dealers” of all time. In 2011, he was named one of the top 50 Global Business Leaders by Fortune magazine. The Detroit Free Press awarded him the 2011 National Retail Leadership Award in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. He has been inducted into the Wayne Huizenga School of Business Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, and is a ten-time member of the Automotive News “All-Star Team” of automotive executives.
Mr. Jackson is widely sought after as a speaker on the auto industry and the broader economy. He has presented on energy policy, U.S. economic policy and domestic policy at the William J. Clinton School of Public Policy, the North American International Powertrain Conference and the NADA OESA conference and more.
Walser Automotive Group
Paul Walser’s vision has charted the course for the Walser Automotive Group today. His leadership and dedication to entrepreneurial spirit and accountability drive the group’s growth. He has over 36 years of automotive experience and was the CEO of Walser Automotive Group from 1997 - 2017. In January 2018, his brother and co-owner, Andrew Walser, transitioned to CEO while he continues to be involved in Walser Automotive Group’s strategic direction.
Mr. Walser’s full-time career in the automotive industry started out of college, and in the course of the next 13 years he worked in most dealership positions - from sales and finance to management. In 1987, he left Walser Automotive Group to venture on his own. He owned and operated six different dealerships over the next 10 years. He returned to Walser Automotive in 1997 as CEO and started the company on a path of growth that today includes 20 dealerships in Minnesota and Kansas along with several affiliated businesses.
In the past ten years, he has used his experience to create centralized efficiencies that have boosted recruiting, dramatically reduced turnover and simultaneously increased operational profitability and customer satisfaction. Under his guidance, Walser Automotive joined the Keystone Club 15 years ago and annually commits 5% pre-tax earnings to a variety of community non-profit organizations. Mr. Walser has encouraged a spirit of volunteerism throughout the company.
Mr. Walser has held various board and industry positions and is currently the chairman of the Industry Relations board for NADA.