Abraham Razick, 45
President, Hyundai of Yuma, Kia of Yuma, Fullerton Ford Orange County
Military branch: Marines
Abraham Razick was so inspired by a speech given at his high school by talk show host Montel Williams, a former Navy officer, that he pushed himself to graduate on time and enlist in the Marines.
That decision would take Razick to Japan, Australia and Thailand, and it established the foundation for the core values he carries in his role now as owner of three dealerships, he said.
“I pretty much promote those three core values on [my] radio and TV [ads], and that’s the mantra of my store,” he said. “That’s honor, integrity and loyalty.”
Following his four years with the Marines, Razick planned to join a police academy. But because he had some time before training began, he took a job at a dealership in Chicago, thinking it would be temporary.
Razick, who had no prior experience, started off as a salesman and never looked back. He would receive several promotions over his career before becoming a dealer in 2015 when he and a partner bought a Hyundai dealership in Yuma, Ariz.
As a way to help fellow veterans, Razick implemented a policy of free oil changes at the Hyundai dealership and later his Kia store to active military personnel and veterans, no matter the type of vehicle or where it was purchased. Razick plans to roll out the program soon at his newest store, Fullerton Ford Orange County in California.
Razick, an Automotive News 40 Under 40 honoree in 2016, estimates the two dealerships provide 40 to 60 free oil changes a month.
Razick is working with the veteran resource center at California State University, Fullerton to help veterans learn more about the benefits available to them.
“I always look for things that I can do directly,” he said.
Nearly 30 years after hearing Williams’ speech, Razick wants to use his own success story as inspiration to others.
“What I’m trying to do is pass it forward by doing what he did when he came to my school,” he said.
— Jack Walsworth