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Sam Slaughter

Sam Slaughter

Sellers Buick GMC
Farmington Hills, Michigan

"I am very passionate about the business and take great pride in helping my employees advance their careers."

“I am very passionate about the business and take great pride in helping my employees advance their careers,” nominee Slaughter said. “By creating such an open and positive workplace, we have very little turnover with employees and strive to promote from within whenever possible.”

A 1981 graduate of Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan, Slaughter earned a degree in political science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1985. His first job in the automotive industry was washing cars at Sellers Pontiac as a teenager. “I fell in love with the retail car business after that summer job,” he said.

Following college, he went on to have a successful career at General Motors, working in the Pontiac division. But then his career came full circle when he called his former boss, Bob Sellers, and asked him for advice on how to acquire a car dealership. Sellers offered Slaughter a job and agreed to teach him the business if he would prepare Sellers’ own children to take it over one day.

“It turns out that his kids weren't interested in the dealership, but I was, so I bought the business,” he said. “And the rest as they say is history.” Today, Slaughter oversees Sellers Buick GMC in Farmington Hills and Sellers Subaru in Macomb, Michigan.

As a business and civic leader, Slaughter is actively involved in activities and organizations that positively impact the lives of children and families. His most rewarding achievement is his work with the Foundation for Youth and Families in Farmington Hills, for which he sits on the board and has served as president.

“Our most significant achievement is the establishment of an endowment that provides a backpack filled with food for the weekend to schoolchildren in need,” Slaughter said. “Through local partnerships and donations, children in the special needs classroom, who take great pride in helping others and working on such a worthy cause, fill the backpacks with food every Friday.” He is currently working on spinoff foundation in an effort to grow the endowment and help the community for years to come.

Of all the recognition he has received, Slaughter is most proud of being named four times as one of the 100 Best Dealerships to Work For by Automotive News. “I was personally touched when my employees approached me and suggested we apply for the award,” he said. “I know each of my 200 employees personally and make a conscious effort to walk through each store and talk with them as often as possible.”

Slaughter was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Anne Lehker, have two children.