McCord served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1957. His automotive career was launched in 1959 when he and his father opened a used-car lot, McCord and Son, in Sacramento, California.
“My father and I navigated the late 1950s into the mid-1960s managing all aspects of a small car lot, specializing in sales and some service repair. We were a two-man show, staying busy serving our community and valued clients.”
When his father fell ill in 1965, the duo decided to close the business, but McCord knew he had found his true calling and wanted to continue his career in the retail automotive industry. He landed a job at a Lew Williams Chevrolet in Sacramento and set out to learn everything he could about new-car sales.
“I dug in and quickly became one of the top sales consultants.” He expanded his knowledge and became well-rounded in handling the entire vehicle transaction, including F&I (Finance & Insurance.). His hard work paid off and McCord was named general sales manager at Lew Williams Mazda, also in Sacramento.
He later moved to two other Toyota stores in Sacramento and continued to gain experience in all aspects of dealership operations. “I had a deep passion for the automotive industry and longed to own a Toyota store." McCord had the opportunity to buy a Datsun dealership in Longview, Washington, in 1977, so he made the move north and owned that business until 1982 when he opened McCord’s Vancouver Toyota.
“Decades later, we still focus on our incredible people, process and product and have become one of the Portland area's most successful dealerships." McCord is proud to have received the prestigious Toyota President’s Award three times, and his dealership has been voted the Best of Clark County in the new-car dealer category by the readers of The Columbian for five years in a row.
McCord has shared his industry insights and expertise while serving on the board of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association. “The opportunity to collaborate, communicate and brainstorm with colleagues who are equally eager to elevate our industry was invaluable."
In the area of community service, McCord ensures his contributions provide financial relief so each organization can focus on its core mission. He supports the Pink Lemonade Project (educates, empowers and supports those affected by breast cancer); PAL Vancouver (Police Activities League that promotes positive relationships between the police and local youth); and West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (a no-kill animal shelter), to name a few.
“We hope to help these organizations thrive by having a community partner that will stand behind them."
McCord was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Vicki Giles Fabré, executive vice president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Shirley, have two children.