A 1967 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Schworer earned a B.S. in business administration. He served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1969.
Upon his return from active duty in Vietnam in 1969, Schworer landed a job selling used cars at Parrish Motors in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1971, he moved to Randolph Oldsmobile, also in Lincoln, and spent 10 years there in sales, rising to the position of sales manager. He set out on his own in 1982 and opened a used-car operation, Schworer Motor Company, in Lincoln.
By 1984, Schworer became a new-car dealer when he acquired a Honda franchise in Bellevue and later added three Saturn stores in Bellevue, Omaha and Lincoln in 1992. He operated those dealerships until the Saturn brand was discontinued in 2010.
In 2005, he added Volkswagen to his portfolio in Lincoln and currently owns that dealership along with the Honda store. Son Matthew Schworer is general manager of Honda Cars of Bellevue and son Ryan Westfall oversees Schworer Volkswagen as general manager.
“Since we owned the three Saturn stores, we had the distinct opportunity to really develop key people,” Schworer said. “Some of those employees are still with us today in our Honda and Volkswagen operations.” He is proud to be a multiple recipient of the President’s Award from Honda.
Schworer also serves his industry on a statewide level. Since 2016, he has been appointed to the Nebraska Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board, a group that licenses and regulates motor vehicle, trailer and motorcycle dealers throughout the state.
Locally, Schworer has devoted his time and talent to the Bellevue Public Schools. “I worked with teachers to help students who did not choose to excel,” he said.
Schworer was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Loy Todd, president and general counsel of the Nebraska New Car & Truck Dealers Association. He and his wife, Dianne, have two sons.