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James ToothMan III

James Toothman III

Toothman Ford

Grafton, West Virginia

“Like many in the automotive field, I have experienced the highs and lows associated with this roller-coaster business. Through it all, we have created sustained growth and tried to be a great community partner.”

A 1990 graduate of Grafton High School in Grafton, Toothman earned a B.B.A. in 1994 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He also attended the NADA Academy in preparation for a career in the dealership founded by his parents, Jim and Becky Toothman, in 1967.

 

“Many amazing people helped shape my career. The guidance I had from my parents has been invaluable.”

 

As current president and partner with his father, Toothman is proud of the great strides that Toothman Ford has made in recent years. “We've grown substantially in the last decade and have leased more land to keep up with our increasing inventory. In addition, we have remodeled our dealership to ensure a welcoming, open and enjoyable experience for our customers.”

 

He is also a partner in Toothman and Sowers Ford in White Hall, West Virginia. Despite his growing operations, he works hard to attract and retain quality employees. In fact, Toothman Ford was named one of Best Dealerships to Work For in the nation by Automotive News in 2018. “Our team is second to none."

 

A longtime member of the Grafton community, Toothman supports organizations and initiatives that improve the health, welfare and the quality of life of his neighbors. He is a generous benefactor of West Virginia University (WVU) Medicine and has donated and raised money to benefit WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital and the WVU Cancer Institute.

 

Toothman has also participated in the Taylor County Backpack Program, which provides nutritious meals for children in need. He also supports literacy efforts, opioid prevention, youth sports camps, food drives and volunteers at the local food pantry, among many other philanthropic activities. 

 

“We are so happy to be able to give back to our community and hope to do so for decades to come."

 

Toothman was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Jared Wyrick, president of the West Virginia Automobile Dealers Association. He has two children.