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Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson

Chuck Anderson Ford Inc.
Excelsior Springs, Missouri

“The most rewarding aspect of my automotive career is having my name mentioned with the good car dealers – the dealers that I have respected for years.”

“I have grown up in this industry and have seen the good car dealers and the not-so-good ones,” nominee Anderson said. “The most rewarding aspect of my automotive career is having my name mentioned with the good ones – the dealers that I have respected for years. I feel it is important to give back and earn the respect of others.”

A 1978 graduate of Excelsior Springs High School in Excelsior Springs, Anderson received a B.S. in business administration from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, in 1982, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. Upon graduation, he became a fulltime employee at his family’s dealership, which was founded by his father in 1974.

“I started at the age of 9 going to the store on Saturdays with my dad and sold my first car at age 11,” Anderson said. “I worked in the shop as a porter until I was 14, then moved to the parts counter and then became a service writer.” He continued to gain experience in every department of the dealership, holding jobs as a salesperson, finance and insurance (F&I) manager, new- and used-car sales manager and general sales manager. He became a partner with his father in the 1990s and by 1995, Anderson was the majority owner of the business. Today, his son, Nick, has followed in his footsteps and serves as general manager of the dealership.

Anderson’s corporate philosophy of “big enough to serve, small enough to care,” carries into his industry, community and philanthropic endeavors. He is a 26-year member of the NADA/ATD 20 Group, a forum for sharing best practices and new ideas. He has provided vehicles for driver’s education classes in local schools and sponsored K-9 units for the Excelsior Springs Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, he has been a member of the Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Excelsior Springs Lions Club.

“I enjoy trying to make a difference in people’s lives,” Anderson said. “I try to teach something, learn something and make a difference to someone every day.”

To that end, he is active in educational initiatives, including the Excelsior Springs Education Foundation, of which he has been a member for 3 years. And when the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s A+ Scholarship Program had a shortfall, Anderson stepped in, covering the difference and helping about 30 students complete their education. “I feel being a good role model for others is a very important honor in society,” he said.

In addition, Anderson started a youth football league in Excelsior Springs 17 years ago and served as its president for six years. He is a motivational speaker for high school sports teams and has raised money for athletic booster clubs. “I enjoy reaching out to kids who have their hopes and dreams ahead of them,” he said.

Anderson was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Doug Smith, president and CEO of the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Sue, have three children.