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“Working in a family business under the tutelage of both my father and grandfather has been my most rewarding experience.”
“Working in a family business under the tutelage of both my father and grandfather has been my most rewarding experience,” nominee Youmans said. “I have the greatest respect for their work ethic, dedication to community and commitment to creating a workplace environment that brings out the best in their employees. They showed me not only how to run a car business but how to live a life.”
A 1980 graduate of Stratford Academy in Macon, Youmans earned a B.A. in economics at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, in 1984, where he was vice president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a senior representative on the Executive Committee, which oversees the school’s honor system and funding to campus organizations.
After almost a decade working in finance, Youmans returned to his family’s dealership to help his father relocate the dealership and construct a new facility. “I always knew I wanted to end up in the family business,” he said of the operation originally founded by his great grandfather in 1930 as the Bibb Chevrolet Company.
During his first two years at the dealership, he worked in every department and graduated from the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy. In 2001, Youmans purchased the store from his father and was named president. “I am proud to be the fourth generation to run the business,” he said.
With such deep ties to his community, Youmans gives back in a range of ways. He has a long association with the United Way of Central Georgia and was campaign chair for the group in 2001. “We ran the most successful campaign in the history of our local United Way, a record that was held until 2016,” he said. “The group supports 35 agencies in a 14-county area, and I am proud to have been part of a campaign that helps contribute to bettering the lives of the less fortunate citizens in our community.”
He has also served the Community Foundation of Central Georgia; the Shield Club, which supports families of fallen police officers and firefighters and provides scholarships for immediate family members of those actively serving in the local police and fire departments; and the Macon Civic Club, which is comprised of local business leaders that meet weekly to tackle community issues and raise funds for local projects. Youmans has also provided driver’s education vehicles to local schools for more than 20 years.
Youmans became an Eagle Scout in 1976, the highest rank of the Boys Scouts of America, and has worked as a parent volunteer for his local Boy Scout Troop and as member of the Eagle Board of Review. His most meaningful achievement is helping his son, Gus, obtain his Eagle Scout award.
“The path to earning the Eagle award builds character and teaches the value of hard work,” he said. “Few scouts accomplish this goal. I am so proud to be a part of it and to know that my help and encouragement allowed Gus to join those ranks.”
Youmans was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Lea Kirschner, president and CEO of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Laura, have one son.