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Tom Lane

Tom Lane

Dwayne Lane’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Everett, Washington

“I’ve had the good fortune of working side-by-side with my father for more than two decades.”

“I’ve had the good fortune of working side-by-side with my father for more than two decades, learning, firsthand, the importance of balancing the ups and downs of the retail automotive business with the privilege of raising a family of my own,” nominee Lane said.

Lane graduated from Everett High School in Everett in 1988 and earned B.A. in business administration from Western Washington University in Bellingham in 1992. He has worked at the family dealership since the age of 12, first washing cars and then taking on part-time responsibilities during high school and college. His father, Dwayne, who passed away in March of 2016, also worked his way through the ranks of a dealership – Walsh Platt Motors – before buying the store in 1972 and founding Dwayne Lane’s Auto Family.

By the age of 24, Lane was general manager of Dwayne Lane’s Arlington Chevrolet in Arlington, Washington, and became dealer principal at age 27. He was named president and CEO of Dwayne Lane’s Auto Family upon his father’s retirement in 1998.

“My father taught me that being the leader of our business organization means taking care of your work team and customers as if they were family, appreciating and respecting each and every one,” he said. Today, Lane oversees six Washington dealerships in Everett, Arlington, Sedro-Woolley and Burlington, representing a diverse portfolio of car brands.

Lane also carries on the family legacy of philanthropy and community involvement. After the Everett school district expanded to add a second high school in 1962, the dealership sponsored an awards banquet and scholarship for a scholar-athlete. “This event was created to keep the city from becoming divided with two high schools,” Lane explained. “To this day, every spring, hundreds of city leaders and families join us in celebrating students from all across town, which now includes a third high school. We believe that communities need traditions and events that connect people.”

A member of the Rotary Club of Everett since 1994, Lane has lent his time and leadership to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County; Everett Family YMCA and Everett Public Schools Fiscal Advisory Council. He is currently on the Coastal Community Bank board of directors; and the Economic Alliance Snohomish County board of trustees. He has also coaches youth soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

According to Lane, his most meaningful award was from the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce, which named him Small Business Executive of the Year in 2006. “This honor is meaningful because it highlights the effort of our fantastic team and the success they have in this challenging and rewarding industry,” he said.

Lane was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Vicki Giles Fabré, executive vice president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Kjersti, have five children.