DATE: December 6, 2011
CONTACT: Kevin Parker, General Manager 585-334-0880
RE: Garber Automotive
Richard J. Garber of Garber Management Group, Saginaw, Michigan announces the acquisition of a multi-franchise dealer group in Rochester, New York. The purchase of the Holtz House of Vehicles group which includes Acura, Honda, Audi, Mazda and Porsche was finalized on Monday, November 7, 2011.
The new dealership group now includes:
- Garber Honda, 3925 W. Henrietta, Rochester, NY 14623
- Acura of Rochester, 201 Linden, E. Rochester, NY 14445
- Porsche of Rochester, 3955 W. Henrietta, Rochester, NY 14623
- Audi Rochester, 3955 W. Henrietta, Rochester, NY 14623
- Garber Mazda, 3955 W. Henrietta, Rochester, NY 14623
The dealerships will operate under the Garber Automotive name and can be located online at www.GarberRoc.com
Kevin Parker has been named General Manager and Managing Partner of the new dealer group which employs nearly 200 people. Kevin brings over 26 years of automotive experience to the position, the past ten years as General Manager and Managing Partner of Garber Chevrolet, Midland, Michigan.
Richard Garber, President of Garber Management Group stated, “We are extremely excited to add this group of dealerships to our organization. Porsche, Acura, Honda, Audi and Mazda are all excellent product lines and we are proud to represent them in the Rochester, New York market. I am also proud to say that our dealerships consistently strong performance in both sales effectiveness and customer satisfaction at all of our locations in Michigan, Florida and Illinois was an important factor in gaining manufacturer approval.”
Dick added, “Kevin Parker has been my business partner for the past 10 years running Garber Chevrolet in Midland. He has done a fantastic job representing Chevrolet, taking care of our customers and serving the community. His leadership abilities, values, enthusiasm and experience make him the perfect candidate to lead our new team at the dealerships in Rochester, NY.”
As a multi-franchise dealer in five Rochester locations, John Holtz and his team of professionals have received a number of regional and national industry awards, making Holtz House of Vehicles one of New York State’s most recognizable and respected names. Holtz has often said that there is no other business outside of the automobile business that could have held his attention for the past 46 years. In bidding a fond farewell, John Holtz states, “Building my business was the most demanding and rewarding way that I can think of spending the past forty six years – more important than the financial rewards has been the fact that my career has allowed me to enjoy wonderful lifelong relationships with my fellow Rochester citizens, employees and manufacturers. That being said, the time is right to pursue personal and family goals that have been postponed for too long. Working with Dick Garber and the professionals at Garber Automotive has been a pleasure and a win-win for both organizations. Thanks to our talented and dedicated employees, Garber Automotive will be ably prepared to continue and to expand upon the success of the John Holtz Organization well into the future.”
The Garber Automotive Group, based out of Saginaw, Michigan, now represents 15 manufacturers with 14 new car franchise dealerships in Michigan, Illinois, Florida and New York. The dealerships outside of New York include: Garber Buick, Saginaw; Garber Chevrolet, Midland; Garber Nissan Hyundai, Saginaw; Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Saginaw; Sunrise Chevrolet, in Glendale Heights, IL, a suburb of Chicago; Garber Ford, Garber Chrysler -Dodge-Jeep-Ram, and Garber Chevrolet-Buick-GMC all located in the Jacksonville, Florida market and Doral Buick- GMC in Miami, Florida. Together the businesses now employ nearly 1000 people.