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Bryan Gault

Bryan Gault

Wind Gap Chevrolet Buick
Wind Gap, Pennsylvania

“It is exciting to be part of positive changes that improve people’s lives and make the community a better place to live.”

“My greatest reward in business is the number of relationships and strong community bonds I have developed over the years,” nominee Gault said. “Customers become friends. Community leaders have become friends and/or customers. And it is exciting to be part of positive changes that improve people’s lives and make the community a better place to live.”

A 1974 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, New Jersey, Gault earned a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1978. There, he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi (honor organization for financial information students and professionals) and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He also played football during his freshman year and rugby from sophomore through senior years.

Gault took his dad’s advice to be “flexible” when choosing a career path, but didn’t heed his warning to “never get into the car business because it consumes you,” an opinion his father developed after selling cars for five years following World War II. After working as a staff accountant and controller at a large company, Gault decided to ply his trade at a small, local business. He became controller at a car dealership group in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and later was named general manager and partner. In 2002, the group opened the Wind Gap store, where Gault was the dealer, and in 2009, he sold his interest in the other stores and bought the Wind Gap dealership with a partner.

“Unfortunately, my dad passed away when I was in my mid-twenties, so he was not around to scold me when I entered the car business,” Gault said. “He was right, though. Once you are in it for five years, you are in it for life. And I am glad I made the choice.”

A strong commitment to his local community and economy is what drives Gault. “With the advent of the big-box retailers and chains, small retailers like pharmacies and hardware stores have gone by the wayside,” he said. “Local auto retailers are the few remaining faces in the community, so being involved has made all the difference.”

And that involvement includes spearheading the effort to build a new YMCA in his immediate region. “I am totally committed to carrying out the YMCA mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” Gault said. “With help from local organizations, foundations, benefactors, businesses and state government, we achieved that goal and opened the Slate Belt YMCA in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, in January of 2015.” In addition, as chief volunteer officer and chair of the board of directors for the Greater Valley YMCA, Gault is working to merge all of the area YMCA locations under single leadership for a stronger community presence.

Other organizations that he supports include: Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce; SkillsUSA; United Way of Lehigh Valley; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; American Cancer Society; as well as local fire companies and Little League baseball.

A recipient of the 2014 Northwood University Dealer Education Award as well as other honors for giving back to the region where he lives and works, Gault is most proud of the contributions he makes to helping children. “The most rewarding feeling one can have is witnessing young people overcome adversity and become productive contributors to their community,” he said.

Gault was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by John Devlin, president of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association. He and his wife, Debra, have two children.