Unquestionably, one of the auto industry's rising stars is 23 year old Brett David, who is the owner of Miami-based Prestige Imports, the top selling Audi dealership in the U.S.
It's been the top selling Audi dealership since 2007 when David suddenly found himself at age 19 as the store's owner when his father Irv David died suddenly from a heart attack.
Bucking conventional wisdom, advice from friends and plans established by his late father, Brett decided against selling the dealership.
He made the right decision. That first year under his leadership, Prestige's sales exploded nearly 400% from 651 vehicles sold in 2006 to 2,006 vehicles retailed in 2007. And in 2010, following the worst recession in automotive history, Prestige sold a whopping 1,610 new Audis.
Brett credits a great team, a great franchise and a great location for Prestige's recent success.
"Our success really had little to do with me and everything to do with the team I was able to unleash," he says.
11 Questions with Brett David:
- Becoming and staying #1:
Focusing on service, letting the client put full faith and us and never letting them down. Making ourselves better every day and learning from our mistakes.
- Prestige Imports is different because:
We set the standard by being honest, delivering great product. We don't profile our clients, and we take a youthful and modern approach to the business.
- I like being a dealer because:
I'm always learning something new every day.
2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP-700
- Leaders I admire:
Ghandi. "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
- Favorite book:
- Favorite charities:
Kids with Cancer, Make-a-Wish, American Heart Association.
- Wish we hadn't done that:
There are so many things. Every day is growth and you can't grow until you learn from your mistakes.
- Improving automotive retail:
I don't believe franchising should belong to dealers who don't respect the business plan. They want the dollars but don't know how to put heart into the establishment.
- Next five years:
I think we are on a technological wave making the possibilities are endless. More and more people are relying on technology for day-to-day normal activities. We'll see virtual showrooms become more prominent.
Someone who cares about what they do. That person takes an idea and makes it reality. They also lay the foundation for what the industry should be.
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