People: Lithia Motors Inc (LAD.N)

LAD.N on New York Stock Exchange

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22 Sep 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Sidney DeBoer

70 2012 Executive Chairman of the Board, Secretary

Bryan DeBoer

47 2012 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

M. L. Heimann

70 2012 Vice Chairman of the Board

Christopher Holzshu

41 2010 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

R. Bradford Gray

62 2005 Executive Vice President

Scott Hillier

51 2011 Senior Vice President - Operations

Thomas Becker

62 2008 Lead Independent Director

Susan Cain

60 2009 Independent Director

Kenneth Roberts

69 2012 Independent Director

William Young

71 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Sidney DeBoer

Mr. Sidney B. DeBoer is Executive Chairman of the Board, Secretary of Lithia Motors, Inc. He took Lithia Motors public in 1996. Mr. DeBoer served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary from 1968 until May 2012. Since May 2012, Mr. DeBoer has served as Executive Chairman. He is also a member of various automobile industry organizations, including the President’s Club of the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Oregon director of the National Auto Dealers Association, and the Chrysler National Dealer Council. Mr. DeBoer has earned several awards including the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, the Sports Illustrated All-Star Dealer Award and multiple Medford and Ashland Chamber of Commerce Awards. Mr. DeBoer is active with several community and charitable organizations, including the Southern Oregon University Foundation Board, Oregon Community Foundation and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Since we were organized as a corporation in 1968, Mr. DeBoer has provided the leadership for our growth, both privately until 1996 and publicly since that time. Mr. DeBoer attended Stanford University and the University of Oregon.

Bryan DeBoer

Mr. Bryan B. DeBoer is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Lithia Motors, Inc., since May 2012.. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2006 until May 2012, and as a director since May 2008. Mr. DeBoer joined us in 1989. From 1989 until 1996, he worked in our stores in various capacities including Finance Manager, Used Vehicle Manager, General Sales Manager, and General Manager. In 1997, Mr. DeBoer was promoted to Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions. In March 2000, Mr. DeBoer was promoted to Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions/Operations and in August 2003, was promoted to Executive Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions/Operations. Mr. DeBoer has a B.S. degree from Southern Oregon University in Business Administration, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Mr. DeBoer also graduated from the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Academy in 1990, where he was trained in all operational aspects of auto retailing.

M. L. Heimann

Mr. M. L. Dick Heimann is Vice Chairman of the Board of Lithia Motors, Inc. Mr. Heimann brings a wide array of operational knowledge to the Board. He served as President of Corporate Affairs from January 2006 to February 2007 and President and Chief Operating Officer from 1997 to January 2006. Mr. Heimann joined Lithia in 1970 as General Sales Manager, and later was promoted to General Manager and Partner of first Dodge stores in Medford and Ashland, Oregon. He held various positions with the company prior to becoming Vice President of Operations in 1979. Prior to joining the company, he served as a service representative and district manager of Chrysler Corporation from 1967 to 1970. He has been a member of various state and national automobile industry organizations and community charities. Mr. Heimann is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Biology and Languages.

Christopher Holzshu

Mr. Christopher Holzshu is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Lithia Motors, Inc. Mr. Holzshu is responsible for all aspects of accounting, finance and financial planning and analysis; is directly in operations; and oversees performance monitoring functions, including setting operational targets for store performance and improvements; tracking and managing company-wide budgets, and capital deployment decision making. Prior to his promotion to Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Holzshu served as Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis since 2007, where he was in business development, budgeting, forecasting, procurement, payroll and benefits. He joined Lithia in 2003 as Director of Accounting to oversee corporate accounting, and later served as Assistant Vice President of Audit and Compliance, responsible for internal audit and compliance. Before joining Lithia, Mr. Holzshu spent several years with KPMG LLP, where he specialized in the automotive manufacturer and retail automotive sectors. Mr. Holzshu is a licensed CPA in Oregon.

R. Bradford Gray

Mr. R. Bradford Gray is Executive Vice President of Lithia Motors, Inc. He has served as Executive Vice President in acquisitions and dispositions, claims resolutions and human resources since 1996 and was a Board member from 1997 until May 2005. From 1981 to 1995, he served in capacities, including as General Manager of Lithia Dodge (1989-1991) and Grants Pass (1991-1995) stores. Since 1975, Mr. Gray has held positions in the automobile sales industry, including sales representative, sales manager and general manager.

Scott Hillier

Mr. Scott A. Hillier is Senior Vice President - Operations of Lithia Motors, Inc. He joined the Lithia team in January of 1986. In this role, he supervises Lithia’s Regional Vice Presidents and is responsible for vehicle sales and finance, service and parts operations, marketing, personnel and human resources. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hillier held positions of responsibility within the organization, including Vice President of Human Development and Vice President of Sales and Finance. Prior to joining the executive management team, Mr. Hillier worked in stores, including roles of Finance Manager, General Sales Manager and General Manager. Mr. Hillier was a multi-store General Manager and was a member of the team that integrated acquired stores. Mr. Hillier has training in customer service and earned one of the first prestigious Chrysler “5-Star certifications” for Medford Chrysler Jeep Dodge in 1998. Mr. Hillier graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.S. in Inter-disciplinary Studies.

Thomas Becker

Mr. Thomas R. Becker is Lead Independent Director of Lithia Motors, Inc. Mr. Becker has been on the Board of Directors since 1997. Mr. Becker is President of North American Senior Living, LLC, a senior housing development, operations, and consulting company. In 2011, Mr. Becker retired as Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Retirement Services, Inc., a company that runs both rental- and continuing-care retirement communities. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer from 1990 until 2010, Pacific Retirement Services, Inc. was the parent corporation for over 30 retirement, senior housing and healthcare facilities in Washington, Oregon, California, Wisconsin and Texas and provided management, operations and development services to retirement communities. Mr. Becker began his career with Rogue Valley Manor in January 1978. Mr. Becker holds a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon and has previously served on other public company boards. As the former Chief Executive Officer of a large organization, Mr. Becker provides experience dealing with multi-state operations, issues associated with managing a large work force, and capital financing challenges.

Susan Cain

Ms. Susan O. Cain, CPA is an Independent Director of Lithia Motors, Inc. She joined the Board of Directors in June 2009. Since 2004, Ms. Cain has been a Senior Instructor in Accounting at Southern Oregon University, located in Ashland, Oregon. Ms. Cain holds a B.A. degree in General Science from Oregon State University and a Master of Science in Taxation from Washington School of Law, Washington Institute of Graduate Studies. Ms. Cain joined KPMG LLP in 1978, retiring as a partner in the San Francisco office in December 1999. While with KPMG, she specialized in banking institutions and trust tax services. Ms. Cain is involved with various non-profit and charitable organizations including the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Cain maintains her CPA license in California.

Kenneth Roberts

Mr. Kenneth E. Roberts is an Independent Director of Lithia Motors, Inc. He joined the Board in 2012 and is “of counsel” with Lane Powell, PC, a Pacific Northwest law firm. He was a shareholder at Lane Powell through December 31, 2011 and no longer has an ownership or voting interest in the firm. Prior to joining Lane Powell, Mr. Roberts was a partner with the law firm of Roberts Kaplan LLP (formerly Foster Pepper LLP) from 1987 until the firm joined with Lane Powell in January 2011. Mr. Roberts’ private law practice focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, executive compensation and securities, including representation of public companies, including Lithia, and community banks. In his current role at Lane Powell, Mr. Roberts does not work on Lithia matters and has ceased actively practicing law. Mr. Roberts is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Oregon State University with a B.S. in Business and Technology.

William Young

Mr. William J. Young is an Independent Director of Lithia Motors, Inc. He rejoined the Board of Directors in 2010 after serving as a director from 1997 to 2008. He was an Executive Director at J.D. Power and Associates, a global marketing information firm specializing in consumer research for the automotive industry, from 2003 to 2008, and has previously served on other public company boards. From 1994 through July 2000, Mr. Young was the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Machine Vision Corporation, operating in the machine vision industry. Prior to 1994, Mr. Young served with Volkswagen of America in various capacities for approximately 18 years, including as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Young also has experience as an independent automotive marketing consultant.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Sidney DeBoer

3,173,220

Bryan DeBoer

5,561,080

M. L. Heimann

390,947

Christopher Holzshu

1,997,720

R. Bradford Gray

1,252,500

Scott Hillier

1,697,460

Thomas Becker

--

Susan Cain

--

Kenneth Roberts

--

William Young

--
As Of 30 Dec 2013

Options Compensation

Name Options Value

Sidney DeBoer

202,801 2,576,852

Bryan DeBoer

160,002 4,403,457

M. L. Heimann

187,800 2,450,684

Christopher Holzshu

20,400 813,054

R. Bradford Gray

100,972 1,334,047

Scott Hillier

40,000 1,701,740

Thomas Becker

0 0

Susan Cain

0 0

Kenneth Roberts

0 0

William Young

0 0
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