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Todd Maul

Todd Maul

John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Greeley, Colorado

"My career in the retail automotive industry has been very rewarding."

“My career in the retail automotive industry has been very rewarding,” nominee Maul said. “With no family background in the car business, I was able to start as a controller in a small store and advance to where I am today, leading three dealerships. I love the job for many reasons but mostly I love cars.”

A 1976 graduate of Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska, Maul majored in accounting and earned a degree in business administration from Hastings College, also in Hastings, in 1981. “As the oldest of six children and the first in our family to attend college, my focus was always on working and learning,” he said. “My free time was spent earning money to pay for my college.”

And while he expected to work in an accounting firm after graduation, Maul instead was intrigued by an ad for an accountant at a local auto dealership in Hastings. “I thought if nothing else I had a passion for cars, so this could be a good fit,” he said. After several years, Maul moved his family to Denver, Colorado, to pursue an automotive job in a larger market. He became controller for a Chevrolet business and left with the store’s general manager who bought his own dealership, which eventually turned into a five- store group.

“We eventually sold the dealerships to AutoNation, and I stayed on with AutoNation for the next 12 years, rising to regional president and over seeing 80 dealerships with 8,000 employees and $7 billion in revenue,” Maul said.

Today, he is partners with the Denver Broncos’ John Elway and Mitch Pierce in three stores, including John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley, John Elway Cadillac of Park Meadows in Lone Tree, Colorado, and John Elway Chevrolet in Englewood, Colorado. Maul’s daughter works in the marketing department for the dealerships.

Maul is very active in the community but the organization that is closest to his heart is Carrie’s Cause, a group started by his late wife that brings poinsettias and good cheer to low-income nursing homes at Christmas. “My wife and kids would go door-to-door and deliver the poinsettias to the residents and visit with them,” he said. “After she died four- and-a-half years ago from cancer, the kids and I decided the best way to carry on her legacy was to continue her efforts and grow the idea.” According to Maul, they delivered 2,200 poinsettias last year — way up from the original 75 — in four states. He added, “The delight the elderly have when they get a knock on their door and a smile from young kids as they hand over the poinsettias is truly priceless.”

A member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Denver, Maul is also a big supporter of the Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colorado, where his fourth son is currently a junior. “I personally bought much of the weight room equipment for the school, bought many of the desks for classrooms and received the school’s distinguished parent award after my third son graduated as valedictorian,” he said.

Organizations Maul has supported include National Sports Center for the Disabled; Denver Post Community Foundation; National Jewish Health; Young Life Foundation; Rocky Mountain Dawg Project, which provides service dogs for veterans; Town of Littleton Cares Meals on Wheels; National FFA Organization; 4-H; North Colorado Medical Center; Partners Mentoring Youth; After the Game Ministries; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; United Way; Toys for Tots; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; American Red Cross; American Cancer Society; and others.

Maul was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Lisa, have six children and three grandchildren.