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Hatchett Buick GMC
“Seeing how these opportunities impact people and families is what keeps me going and continuing to want growth and expansion.”
“I was young when I started in the retail automotive business, and at that time I was focused on advancing my career and increasing my own personal wage,” nominee Hatchett said. “I suppose that hunger for success made it possible to advance and improve our companies over the years, but the thing I relish most as I get older is advancing other people’s success.”
A 1989 graduate of Southeast Wichita High School in Wichita, Hatchett attended Wichita State University, also in Wichita. He earned degrees in business management and automotive management from Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas, in 1994 and was valedictorian of his graduating class.
Hatchett started in the business as a lot attendant for the dealership his father, Steve, owned with partners, which was founded in 1957. “I sold cars during college and I believe that is when I caught the bug,” he said. “After completing my education, I couldn't see myself doing anything other than working in the auto industry.”
Having trained in every area of the dealership, he was well-equipped to take over from his father and join current business partners, Tom Devlin Jr. and Tim Devlin, to form Hatchett Devlin Automotive Group, which also runs Hatchett Hyundai East and Hatchett Hyundai West, both in Wichita.
“I believe that working in so many departments helped me understand what our employees and customers expect in their experiences,” he said.
Hatchett is also committed to bettering the lives of his employees. “It's truly remarkable to see young people start in lower positions and through their professionalism and work ethic advance their lives and careers,” he said. “Seeing how these opportunities impact people and families is what keeps me going and continuing to want growth and expansion.”
Born and raised in Wichita, Hatchett has a strong connection and affection for his community. He lends his time and talent to the boards of the Wichita Open, a PGA tournament that raises money for local charities, and the Wichita Grand Opera. He is also a member of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
“Our company tries to help the community in many different genres,” Hatchett said. Other organizations he supports include Cars for Charities Rod & Custom Car Show (benefits local groups since 1957); Boy Scouts of America; Children's Miracle Network Hospitals; Youth Entrepreneurs (Wichita-based program that introduces high schoolers to the rewards of entrepreneurship); YMCA; Ronald McDonald House Charities; Wichita Children's Home (offering emergency, temporary and residential care to the community); Catholic Charities; Heartspring (Wichita group that provides services for children with special needs and developmental disabilities); and the Kansas Humane Society.
Hatchett was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Don McNeely, president of the Kansas Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.