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“The most rewarding thing about my 37 years in the car business is the relationships I have built with my employees, manufacturers and the community.”
“The most rewarding thing about my 37 years in the car business is the relationships I have built with my employees, manufacturers and the community,” nominee Jachter said. “I find nothing in life more rewarding than seeing a young person with no direction in life walk in the door to make ‘rent money,’ and years later to see them with homes, families and successful careers with us, while lifting the reputation of this great industry
A 1973 graduate of Middletown Township High School in Middletown, New Jersey, Jachter studied biology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. His first job in the retail automotive industry was in 1980, when he joined Galpin Ford in Los Angeles, California, as a salesperson. “I decided quickly that the best way to provide for my family was to work my way up to the management level in a dealership,” Jachter said.
And he did, serving in different roles at dealerships in Albuquerque before joining Enterprise Financial Group (EFG) in Irving, Texas, as a dealer development expert in 1986. Jachter left there in 1994 to be general manager of three dealerships for Cross Continent Auto Retailers and later returned to EFG. It was while working there the second time that he met Bob Lanphere Sr. and Bob Lanphere Jr. during a dealer visit at their stores in Beaverton, Oregon. The Lanpheres convinced him to become general manager of their company’s Honda, Kia and Infiniti dealerships.
“The next several years were focused across the three stores, replacing members of the old management team and establishing a new upbeat culture designed for maximum results in customer satisfaction, sales volume and profitability,” Jachter said
In 2007, Jachter was awarded the Toyota dealership in Wilsonville and partnered with the Lanpheres to acquire it. He added Wilsonville Subaru in 2016 and is the dealer principal at both stores. “We implemented a ‘no bull’ — one person, one price philosophy, which is designed to improve the retail purchase experience,” he said.
Jachter is very proud to have recently received the Toyota President’s Award for the eighth time. “As someone who worked his way up from a lot porter to a car dealer, winning this prestigious recognition from the manufacturer is very meaningful to me, as this is the results of my life's hard work,” he said.
His life’s work also includes giving back to his community, and his most important civic achievement is co-founding the Portland International Auto Show Sneak Peek Charity Preview. “I was trying to figure out how the auto show could make our community a better place,” Jachter said. “We decided to do a sneak peek preview with music, food and drinks and take 100 percent of the proceeds and support local charities. In the last six years, we have donated millions to help others not as fortunate.”
He also supports many groups with yearly sponsorships and contributions, including Wilsonville Community Sharing and Food Bank; Compassion in Action Clackamas County; Home With Heroes (provides unforgettable outdoor experiences to veterans); Wilsonville High School football, basketball and dance team; area elementary schools; Neighbors for a Livable West Linn (West Linn, Oregon); Michelle's Love (helping single mothers who are going through cancer treatments); Coastal Conservation Association; Meals on Wheels, where his wife, Karen, has delivered meals for seven years; Wilsonville Boy Scouts Troop 194; and Blue Butterfly Campaign (raise money for research to find a cure for childhood Acute Myeloid Leukemia), to name a few.
Jachter was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Greg Remensperger, executive vice president of the Oregon Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Karen, have four children and one grandchild.