Lindsay has deep roots in Virginia’s retail automotive industry, dating back to 1963, when his grandfather, Charles T. Lindsay Sr., founded Lindsay Cadillac of Alexandria. His father, Charles T. Lindsay Jr., proudly carried on this growing business. And after earning a B.A. in English from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, in 1988, and after a brief stint in the golf industry, Lindsay joined the family enterprise full- time in 1989.
“I started my automotive career as a ‘lot boy’ in the summer of 1985 while in college,” he remembered. “I worked hard, hustled and earned the respect of the sales force who were obviously watching me closely. I bonded with them and returned the next summer.”
Lindsay’s first full-time position was as assistant to the used-car manager of the Cadillac dealership. “I loved every part of it from day one,” he said. “Buying and selling used cars became my passion and the auctions became my second home. I carried my wallet in one back pocket and a Black Book in the other.”
When he and his father set out to expand the dealership concern beyond Alexandria, they purchased a Chevrolet store in Woodbridge in 1998 and Lindsay became the dealer principal at age 33. “I was young and nervous but determined to succeed,” he said. “Our location outside of Washington, D.C., and between two military bases provided an opportunity to flourish and today, we are the top-selling Chevrolet dealer in Virginia.”
Currently, he runs the operation with his two brothers Chip and Mike. The Lindsay Automotive Group encompasses dealerships in Virginia and Maryland, representing brands Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Lexus, Ram, Volkswagen and Volvo, as well as a Harley-Davidson store.
“I am unbelievably fortunate to be a third-generation automobile dealer,” Lindsay said. “My father and grandfather worked incredibly hard to establish the Lindsay name as one you can trust, and one that will honor every aspect of your automotive experience. They did this through countless hours of civic volunteer work and charitable giving to establish Lindsay Automotive as a brand of integrity and confidence.”
And Lindsay continues that legacy through his volunteer and philanthropic efforts. He has served the Inova Alexandria Hospital Foundation; Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association; the Basilica School of St. Mary (Alexandria); Catholic Charities USA; and Knights of Columbus. He has a deep appreciation for all Alexandria Charities, especially the Child and Family Network Center and the Alexandria Scholarship Fund.
“Our company has always focused our giving on the communities where our employees live and work,” Lindsay said. “Our top priority is children. To date, we have donated more than $5 million to schools, associations, nonprofits and other groups. Our contributions have supported those at-risk, people with special needs, sports programs, extracurricular activities, medical needs, playground refurbishment, people facing food insecurity and more.”
Lindsay was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Don Hall, president and CEO of the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Maura, have five children.