Mark Porter, president of Mark Porter Chevrolet Buick GMC in Pomeroy, OH was nominated for the 2020 TIME Dealer of the Year award. Porter is one 49 dealer nominees who will be honored at the 103rd annual National Automobile Dealers Association Show in Las Vegas February 15, 2020. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Porter, 63, is one of 49 auto dealers nominated for the 51st annual award from more than 16,000 nationwide.
Mark Porter started his auto career working as a salesperson for Bobby Layman Chevrolet in Columbus, OH in 1978, after serving in the United States Air Force and the Ohio Air National Guard from 1975 – 1985. Porter counts his experience at Bobby Layman Chevrolet, where he worked until 1987, as sparking his passion for the car business. “The love for this job promoted my ability to be top salesperson within a couple of years,” he said. “And that ignited my dream to be a dealer one day.”
After moving around to different dealerships throughout Ohio working up the ranks, he founded Mark Porter Auto Group in 2006, which encompasses three Ohio new car dealerships in Pomeroy and Jackson. As well as a used car “autoplex” in Athens, OH. His wife, Theresa, and two sons, Chase and Chane, all contribute to the family enterprise. “Due to my passion, drive and the great mentors who provided the tools, initiative and skills that allowed me to understand and run a dealership with optimum department metrics, I was able to achieve my dream,” he said. “I wake up every morning blessed with the opportunity to work side by side with my sons and wife in this business that we all equally love and live for.”
Making an impact on his local community is a driving factor for Porter. Sponsoring area baseball teams, county fairs, and high school fundraising initiatives. He donated toward the building of a new football stadium for Meigs High School in Pomeroy, a new field house for Alexander High School in Albany, Ohio, and new stadium lights for Trimble High School in Glouster, Ohio. And he supports the March of Dimes, 4-H, FFA (Future Farmers of America), the American Red Cross and other local and national organizations. For his good works and contribution to the local economy, Porter’s company has received awards from the Meigs County Chamber of Commerce and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, to name a few.
“The Porter family has yearly involvements with 11 counties, and we are proud to provide support and assistance when needed to local businesses and the community,” Porter said.
The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with NADA. To read more about the TIME Dealer of the Year award visit www.timedealeroftheyear.com/