SILVER SPRING, Md. — If Plan A had worked out, Tammy Darvish would have grown up a doctor's daughter. But Plan B has turned out pretty well for her and her family.
Darvish is a vice president of her family's $1 billion-a-year Darcars Automotive Group. The private company ranks No. 18 on this year's Automotive News list of the top 125 U.S. dealership groups. Its 26 stores, which sell 14 brands, are concentrated in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.
Now Darvish, 44, is about to get a higher platform. On Tuesday, she becomes 2008-09 chairman of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association.
Darvish and other family members already are known for supporting worthy causes in the area, including the local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the DC Central Kitchen.
She also has become a regional celebrity by starring in Darcars' radio and TV spots. They feature her invitation to customers to e-mail her at [email protected]
In an interview last week, Darvish said she personally handles every legitimate e-mail she gets — dozens on a slow day, nearly 200 on a busy one.
The Washington dealers association has more than 300 members. As chairman, Darvish succeeds multifranchise dealer Jack Fitzgerald of North Bethesda, Md.