Maguire Automotive Group
Ithaca , NY
Overall Rank for 2013: 96
Dealer: Phil Maguire
Full-time employees: 40
2012 new-vehicle sales: 1,026, up 15%
Benefit highlight: 401(k) employee match
Cool perk: Birthday celebrations
Frank Vanderpool, operations manager, on promoting from within: "Maguire has built a solid foundation by having a promote from within philosophy. Our sales management team is about 90 percent former salespeople. We have an assistant management program in which quality individuals can be groomed for management jobs while on the sales floor.
"When we find talented individuals we spend the time and resources on them to ensure long-term success. Due to expansion, we have placed eight assistant managers into sales management or general sales management roles within the past two years.
"We have similar apprentice programs on our service desk, repair shop, parts department, accounting office and body shop. This culture reinforces the understanding that hard work and determination will be noticed and rewarded."