TO THE EDITOR:
As I read through the Sept. 17 issue about the great businesspeople who not only survived but thrived after the 2008-09 meltdown ("Opportunists amid the economic wreckage"), it struck me that maybe Automotive News should do a couple of pages on those who did not survive the same. I know there are hundreds of dealers and businesspeople who failed through no fault of their own during this time but managed their failure with extraordinary honesty and integrity.
These hundreds of dealers who dealt with their customers, their employees, their manufacturers, their banks and their partners with unbelievable class and sincerity deserve an honorable mention if not the headline. There are dealers who, in the middle of this, took the time to testify in front of Congress, make the last payroll, sell their homes to find cash, and deal with their partners with honesty and integrity.
CLIFTON HORACE, Owner, Horace Nissan-Hyundai, Farmington, N.M. The writer has been a new-vehicle dealer for over 35 years.