Steve Landers is as comfortable buying used cars in an auction lane as he is buying diamond-in-the-rough dealerships.
That ability to spot a deal -- whether learned or innate -- has helped him become one-third of RLJ McLarty Landers Automotive Holdings, one of the fastest growing privately held dealership groups in the country.
But in addition to his high-profile partnership with Robert Johnson and Mack McLarty, Landers has a business venture with two other partners: his sons, Steve Jr., 36, and Scott, 28.
"I always had a horror of raising sons who would not be capable of running a business if something happened to me," Landers says.
"So I really bore down on them when they were young so they are very competent to run them."
Landers and sons own Landers Toyota-Scion and Steve Landers Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, both in Little Rock, Ark.