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King Windward Nissan
"I think the most rewarding aspect of my career has been taking over a family business and watching it continue to survive and thrive."
“I think the most rewarding aspect of my career has been taking over a family business and watching it continue to survive and thrive,” nominee Niethammer said. “Many of our employees have been with us for a very long, and we know their families as well. It is gratifying that they trust me and want to stay on as we build on our successes.”
Niethammer is a 1990 graduate of Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California. He earned a B.A. in communications from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, in 1994, where he played rugby and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After working in real estate in California for eight years, he took a job in his father-in-law’s car dealership in Kaneohe in 2003.
“My father-in-law, Mr. Charles King, was the owner of the auto group at that time,” Niethammer said. “I began in sales and worked my way through each department, eventually purchasing King Windward Nissan in 2010, Infiniti of Honolulu in 2013 and King Auto Center in Lihue in 2016.” He attended the NADA Academy in 2006 to further enhance his education.
Niethammer is currently on the board of the Friends of Waikiki Aquarium. He has also participated in the Young Presidents’ Organization, a peer-to-peer networking group, and served as a youth football coach. In addition, he has been an active contributor to many organizations, including Kauai Hospice, Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Waikiki Aquarium, Make-A-Wish, Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation, Mental Health America, Hawaii State Junior Golf Association and the Hawaii Food Bank, to name a few.
“I cherish all of the charities we sponsor, but I have to say Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is probably the most meaningful,” Niethammer said. “They provide assistance dogs for various people and organizations throughout the state and help comfort sick children and grieving families in hospitals or children while testifying in court, as well as training service dogs, companion dogs and scent-detection dogs that can identify life-threatening infections in handicapped and elderly people.”
Niethammer was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by David Rolf, executive director of the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Sherry, have three boys, Charlie, Will and Max.