A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Bosak earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1982 and an M.B.A. in 1983. He has worked at his family’s dealership since the age of 15 doing various jobs. After college, he became a management trainee, participating in meetings with banks, vendors, advertising companies and manufacturers, and was named general manager in 1990.
Today, the Bosak Auto Group, which he owns with his 2 brothers, Skip and Greg, and his sister, Theresa, encompasses 9 Indiana dealerships representing brands Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Nissan, Ram and Toyota.
“Success is rarely – if ever – an individual accomplishment,” he said. “My parents were very humble and constantly reinforced that we need to be of service to the community and treat our employees and business associates with respect.” In fact, Bosak is proud that employees who joined his team in entry-level positions are now key members of his sales, service, office and management staff.
He also credits the steadfast and productive partnership between his siblings for their continued success. “My family has stuck together through it all, and they have been there for me in times when I have had doubts and failures,” Bosak said. “We work hard on our professional relationships and enjoy the rewards of working together as a cohesive, supportive team.”
With such deep roots in Indiana’s retail automotive industry, Bosak has played key leadership roles on the board of the Northwest Indiana Auto Trade Association, where he has served since 1992 and was named president in 1993 and 2008.
“During my time on the association, we started to donate time and resources to local charities,” he said. “That effort has evolved into sales and fundraisers that generate money for various local causes, as well as for a scholarship program that benefits students who pursue higher education in an automotive-related field of study.”
Bosak has also served on the boards of the Andrean High School Foundation in Merrillville and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana. He is a benefactor of the American Heart Association; JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation); Cancer Resource Centre in Munster, Indiana; and the new Dean and Barbara White Community Center in Merrillville, to name a few.
“Our father always told us that you cannot just go into a community, sell cars and not help in times of need,” Bosak said. “We try to take a servant leadership approach in the various towns and cities in which we do business.”
One example is the much-needed aid his team provided to a town that had been devastated by a severe flood. “A significant number of residents were temporarily without various necessities,” he said. “We immediately jumped in trucks and delivered clothes, water and gift cards so they could have some short-term relief.”
Over the years, the Bosak Auto Group has sponsored youth athletics, helped fund community centers, raised money for schools and donated to numerous other causes. “My brothers, sister and I stay involved in many community fundraising efforts each and every year,” he said.
Bosak was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Marty Murphy, executive vice president of the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four children.