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Executive Manager, McLarty Automotive Group; Joe Machens Ford Lincoln, Columbia and Jefferson City
Job description: I oversee daily operations of the Joe Machens Ford Lincoln dealerships in Columbia and Jefferson City.
Years lived in Columbia/mid-Missouri: 18. I left mid-Missouri in 1985 and returned in February of this year.
Original hometown: Middletown, Missouri.
Education: Graduated from Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High School.
Community involvement: I am currently involved in the United Way, Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Honda Scholarship Program – so far.
Professional background: I spent eight years in the United States Navy; 18 years with AutoNation. The last 10 years, I ran AutoNation’s two large Ford stores in Memphis, Tennessee. I most recently served as the managing partner at Columbia Honda.
A favorite recent project: A favorite recent project was the acquisition and transformation of Columbia Honda.
What I do for fun: Spend time with my family and spend time at our farm (both, preferably). Hobbies would be woodworking and collecting old stuff.
A Columbia businessperson I admire and why: Gary Drewing, because of the organization he has built and maintained, and because of his indomitable competitive spirit and charitable community involvement.
What people should know about this profession: This profession, in its simplest form, is about helping people. It’s a people business.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I don’t have one, but what gives me a sense of accomplishment is my marriage and family and the organizations I’ve been privileged enough to lead and their successes.
Favorite place in Columbia: I’ve been here six months, and my family has been here for two months, so we are still exploring, but we like all of downtown.
Family: My parents live in Montgomery County. My Dad, Roger, owns County Line Quarry. My Mom, Loretta, is a retired RN from Montgomery County Health Department. My wife of 23 years, Carolyn, is a St. Louis native. We have four daughters. The oldest is married and lives in Memphis, two are in college and one lives here with us and is in high school.
If I weren’t doing this for a living, I would: I haven’t thought about it.
Most people don’t know that I: Try to play the banjo. CBT
Why I’m passionate about my job: I like to win, and here I can win by helping people.