Beck Automotive Group is a newcomer to the Automotive News list of the top 100 dealership groups, coming in at No. 25. But the company has roots in the retail auto industry.
The Charlotte, N.C., group is owned by Skipper Beck Jr.; his brother, Robert Beck; and his sister, Kelly Haseley. They are children of William Beck Sr., who was an owner of Courtesy Automotive Group in Littleton, Colo.
Skipper Beck said he grew up working at his father's dealerships and rubbed elbows with industry veterans Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group, and Bruton Smith, owner of Sonic Automotive Inc.
"I'm 42, and Bruton has known me since I was born," said Beck. "I worked for Rick Hendrick for a while. He's my neighbor."
Courtesy Automotive was largely dismantled after William Beck died about seven years ago. Skipper Beck and his siblings kept the family Mercedes-Benz dealership in Charlotte and, in 2001, operated six dealerships.