Having his sons take over wasn't always the plan. After graduating college, both had jobs outside the dealership group. But eventually both found themselves working at rival dealerships and deciding they wanted to be part of the family business.
It was around then, after attending a succession plan conference, that Scott decided it was important to have an orderly plan for his sons to take charge to ensure that the group's roughly 350 employees were taken care of once he retired.
Uncertainty about who is going to be the new boss, or knowing that the incompetent scion of a family is about to be handed the reins, can demoralize employees.
But that doesn't apply at Capitol, where Alex and Matthew have earned their stripes.
"I'm very proud of the way they've embraced the business," said Scott, who plans to fully retire in the next year or so. "If they weren't doing a good job, I'd say … go do something else because I'm not going to subject all these employees to a couple of dummies."
Capitol Chevrolet-Cadillac of Salem has consistently ranked among the best stores to work for since 2012, including three appearances in the top 10.
It also has ranked first or second among large dealerships every year except one during that stretch.
Matthew, 36, and Alex, 34, say they plan to continue the success of their father and the two generations before him by keeping their employees at the heart of what they do.
"Our No. 1 focus is on our employees," said Alex, general manager of the Subaru store. "That has been a tenet of our dad for 40 years. That will never change."
The brothers share responsibility for the Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership and handle the company's Monday "pulse meetings" to review the weekend and keep everyone informed and working toward the same goals.
The dealerships also hold brief "daily lineup" gatherings that enable each department to discuss the day ahead, plus monthly "birthday meetings" — so named because at each one someone with an upcoming birthday is chosen to spin a prize wheel — which get the full staff together.
"Alex and I are in no way coming into this thinking, 'Well, as soon as Dad goes, we're going to change everything.' That's not at all what we want to do," said Matthew, general manager of the Toyota store. "The culture that we have right now is certainly the best we've ever seen."