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Long McArthur Ford Lincoln
“Our success is not based on what I achieve, but on what I help others achieve.”
“Our success is not based on what I achieve, but on what I help others achieve,” nominee McArthur said. “Our business is built on helping people realize their potential. This leads them to become better employees, better spouses, better parents and better co-workers.”
A lifelong member of his community, McArthur graduated in 1970 from Salina High School in Salina. He earned a B.S. in business administration and marketing at Kansas State University in Manhattan in 1974, where he achieved academic honors and was the treasurer of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
McArthur is a fourth-generation dealer and always knew he would enter the family business, which was founded by his grandfather and a partner in 1951. “I started working at age 14 for my father and grandfather,” he said. “They wanted me to experience all of the departments so that I could always relate to employees. My only time away was during college.”
Today, he owns the business with his brother, West, who followed a similar path. At their dealership entrance, they proudly display a vehicle order that was filled out by their great grandfather in Green Kansas in 1915 for a Ford Model T Touring Coupe. Price: $469. “We have grown steadily over the years and have a very tight-knit group of employees that are all considered family,” McArthur said. “My reward has come from carrying the torch of helping others that was passed from my grandfather to my father to me.”
To that end, he oversees the Long McArthur Ford Lincoln Driven to Give Back campaign, which invests in the community. “Each year, we give approximately $150,000 to more than 30 local charities and non-profit groups,” McArthur said. “We love the community and feel fortunate to have given millions of dollars over the years to the central Kansas area.”
Some of the organizations that the program benefits include: Salina Rescue Mission; Salina Area United Way; Tammy Walker Cancer Center at Salina Regional Health Center; Salina Animal Shelter; Salina Art Center; Salina Community Theatre; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina; Salina Education Foundation and local schools.
His dealership has also provided driver’s education cars to the Salina school district since the 1960s and provides a vehicle annually to the Salina Fire Department for use by their arson unit. In addition, McArthur has partnered with the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce to bring industry to the region.
“We have been fortunate enough to make a real difference in the lives of the people in our community,” he said. “I am so proud that we have been able to continue what my grandfather started, and see it become bigger than I ever imagined.”
McArthur was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Don L. McNeely, president of the Kansas Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Debra DeBiasse, have two children and four grandchildren.