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Team One Chevrolet Buick GMC
“It means a lot to me to help employees make a great living for themselves and their families.”
“The most rewarding part of my career is to have a positive impact on so many people,” nominee Shaheen said. “It means a lot to me to help employees make a great living for themselves and their families.”
Shaheen graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Marketing after his high school years at Powers Catholic High School in Flint. As a child, he was fascinated by his father’s car dealership, which was established in 1953.
“It seemed natural for me to be on the premises and by the time I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to be an auto dealer,” Shaheen said. “There was plenty of space to roam around, great people coming and going. The cars were new and shiny, and I liked being around the action.”
During his second year of college, Shaheen’s father passed away suddenly at age 51. His two brothers, Ralph and Jim, had already entered the family business but were forced to take the reins unexpectedly. “Their mentor had died and we had a shortage of capital, while interest rates were at 16.5% on a new car and the economy was in a deep recession,” he said. “They moved forward checked only by trial and error. But they wouldn't be defeated by a lack of enthusiasm or hard work.”
Shaheen entered the family enterprise as recovery started and today, the Shaheen Automotive Group encompasses two dealerships, including Team One Chevrolet Buick GMC in Charlotte and Shaheen Chevrolet in Lansing, Michigan.
“The disciplines of the hard times were our path forward,” he said. “This laid the ground work for me as an auto dealer, as did the work ethic instilled in me at an early age.”
In addition, Shaheen is committed to his employees, community and customers, and he takes his corporate and social responsibility very seriously. “I feel that our company infuses strong character, moral strength and compassion in all that we do,” he said. “Our employees know that they are empowered to see their customer needs through to the end. I look at my work as trying to go above and beyond expectations of others whenever possible, which strengthens our authenticity and strong ethic.”
He is proud of his association with the Greater Lansing Food Bank and is serving on the organization’s capital campaign board, which began in 2018. “This group offers food to people in a straightforward way – simply show up and say there is a need,” Shaheen said. “Assisting with the capital campaign is rewarding to me as the food bank strives to fulfill the basic human need of food for all.”
Committed to his faith, Shaheen is a member of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders and serves as a sponsor for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). He is also an active parishioner at Holy Childhood of Jesus Church in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing, Michigan.
Shaheen was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Terry Burns, executive vice president of the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Maureen, have two sons.