Darvish was only 18 when he earned a B.B.A. from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, as his life plan was to enter the dealership group that his father, John Darvish, founded in 1977.
“The retail automotive business is literally in my blood. Since I was a kid, I have spent countless hours at my father’s dealerships. I was always a dedicated student who knew that my calling would be to continue my father’s legacy and help lead DARCARS into the future.”
Darvish learned every aspect of the business from the ground up. “I made it a point to gain hands-on familiarity with each department before I was in a position to lead it. I still learn new things every day in running this company, and I am grateful to spend my career in a position I am so deeply passionate about.”
Today, Darvish and his brother, John, are partners in DARCARS Automotive Group, which encompasses 24 new-car dealerships, mostly in Maryland, and in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey and New York, representing brands Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Nissan, Ram, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
“At a very young age, I realized that the only way for DARCARS to truly succeed would be with a group of talented, devoted staff members supporting the business. I am only where I am today because of the team I have assembled and trained. I love being able to bring somebody into the business, even someone without any real background in cars, and see them thrive in their new role.”
Darvish is actively involved in the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association and is currently secretary on the board of directors. He also served as chair of the 2020 Washington Auto Show. “I had the privilege of leading one of the industry’s premier showcases. This highly attended public event also attracts federal, state and local lawmakers, government regulators and high-profile auto industry executives.”
He is also proud of his contributions to the association’s Automobile Dealer Education Institute, where he is currently director. “This initiative has connected many hundreds of talented high school graduates with careers as service technicians at local dealerships.” To further this cause, he has served on the board of the Montgomery County Students Automotive Trades Foundation, which prepares students for careers in the automotive industry.
In the area of community service, Darvish encourages team members in DARCARS dealerships to join him in participating in local charity events and provides flexible work hours to accomplish this goal. His employees have recently pitched in to provide complimentary vehicle deep-cleanings at local hospitals for first responders during the pandemic.
“While financial contributions are always great, I also enable everyone to engage in the community. You’ll see our employees building homes for Habitat for Humanity, laying holiday wreaths for fallen soldiers and donating gifts for Toys for Tots.”
After hearing about a child who was going to be removed from school for failure to pay a lunch debt, Darvish took up the cause. “We did our research and found out that this wasn’t the only child facing such a horrible threat in our area. My team got the best holiday gift ever in knowing that we were able to arrange to pay off every single student’s outstanding lunch debt in two counties.”
Other organizations his dealerships support include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; Wounded Warrior Project; Martha’s Table (provides access to healthy food and quality education); Capital Pride Alliance; American Breast Cancer Foundation; and Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, to name a few.
“Accomplishing so much in the community has become a way of life at DARCARS, and all of our team members truly enjoy the level of satisfaction in giving back.”
Darvish was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by John P. O'Donnell, president and CEO of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association.