Interesting facts about Eagle Eye Golf Course

The upcoming MADPAC golf outing on Monday, June 4 will again be held at Eagle Eye Golf Club, which was ranked as #5 in the nation by Golf Advisor raters in 2017.  The course was designed by Chris Lutzke, in collaboration with renowned course architect Pete Dye, to be a rolling “links” style championship golf course featuring magnificent shot values on every hole. Eagle Eye provides a challenge from any of five sets of tees… and the signature “Island Green” #17 is simply not to be missed.

More information about the golf outing is available here.

Here are a few interesting facts about the course…

  • The site was previously a sod and potato farm.
  • More than 800,000 cubic yards of dirt were moved during construction.
  • The transformation to lush fairways framed by huge mounds was accomplished by excavation, which created eight distinct bodies of water that come into play on twelve holes.
  • Ninety-seven bunkers – ranging in size from three square yards to over two acres – complete the challenging course.
  • The green complexes vary in size, shape, and slope. They are complimented by hazards and run-offs – so try and avoid errant approach shots!

 

Michigan History: Graff Automotive Group (1914)

Gave stock to the bank to continue serving customers during the depression.

In 1914, with $600 and high hopes, Otto P. Graff launched the Ford Sales Company in Flint, Michigan.  He signed an agreement with the Ford Motor Company to sell 125 cars a year – he reached 150 the first year.  Soon after, the dealership was renamed Otto P. Graff Motor Sales. The business continued to grow and in 1924 a new sales peak of 2,400 vehicles was reached, but then the depression hit. To keep the dealership open, Otto gave all stock in the corporation to the bank, which held it until 1948 when he made the final repayment to the bank.

In 1936, Max H. Graff, fresh out of college, went to work for his father.  When Otto’s second son, Rex, returned from WWII, he was put in charge of the motor rebuilding department. Max’s son, Max H. “Hank” Graff, Jr., joined the family business in 1971, and a few years later he purchased his uncle Rex’s portion. The dealership is now in its fourth generation with the addition of Hank’s son, Chris Graff, and daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Keith Whitmore.

The family has added numerous franchises and locations, but more than 100 years and four generations later, the Graff family continues to operate the business with the high standards developed by Otto in 1914.

 

http://www.hankgraffdavison.com/dealership/about.htm

Michigan History: Frei Chevrolet (1913)

Transitioned to Chevrolet when Ford required dealers to start selling tractors.

Somewhere around 1913 Clayton Frei and Elmer Jones partnered on a Ford store, called Jones & Frei Motors. As the story goes, the dealership transitioned to Chevrolet in the 1920s when Ford’s business plan included painting every car black and stipulated that for every car a dealer sold they had to sell one tractor. Tractors were understandably a hard sell with the Upper Peninsula’s rock-laden ground.  At this juncture, Clayton bought out Elmer Jones and Frei Chevrolet was born.

In 1945, Gerry Grundstrom married Clayton’s daughter, Virginia. Gerry was with the Air Force in India predicting weather for raids on Japan when he asked Clayton to put the engagement ring on Virginia’s finger. Gerry later took over at Frei in the early 1970s when Clayton Frei passed away.  Passing along the reigns, Gerry and Virginia’s son, Jim Grundstrom, became president of Frei Chevrolet in 1990, and as tradition goes, the fourth generation, Andy and Jill, are now working in the family dealership.

 

http://www.freichevy.com/Welcome

 

MADPAC Golf Outing on June 4

MADA invites you to join friends and colleagues throughout Michigan on June 4th for a day of golf at Eagle Eye Golf Course. This year we celebrate the 27 Annual MADPAC Golf Outing!

Your registration fee includes greens fee for an 18 hole golf scramble with cart, buffet lunch, evening reception, plus gifts, contests and raffle prizes.

Please register your foursome by May 18, 2018. A registration form is available Register today!, or call MADA at (800) 292-1923. We look forward to seeing you on June 4th! More information about the event is available here.

Michigan History: Garber Automotive (1907)

The oldest family-owned Buick dealership in the United States.

Saginaw, MI — Garber Buick is the nation’s oldest and first Buick dealership in the country. The year was 1907 and Guy S. Garber saw the automobile as the vehicle to the future. Growing up in the Lansing area, his reputation as a salesman brought him to the attention of William C. Durant, founder of General Motors. At his urging, Guy Garber became a factory representative for Buick Motor Division. During his first six months he established one dealership, in Battle Creek. His success there brought him to take on a greater challenge, coming to Saginaw in 1910 representing Buick.

Guy Garber’s long and productive affiliation with GM lasted nearly 60 years, through the great depression and two world wars. After his passing in 1965, his son, Richard Garber, Sr., became president and owner until his own death in 1972. He was succeeded by Norman F. Geyer, son-in-law to Guy. He successfully guided the Buick store for eight years, until he passed the torch to Richard J. Garber Jr., in 1980. He was the third generation to take the helm of the company in its 73rd year of operation, and at the time was the youngest Buick dealer for a dealership of its size in the nation. Since that time the organization has grown to 16 dealerships located in four states, Michigan, Florida, Illinois and New York. Garber Automotive also includes 25 Used Car Retail Lots and a Finance Company that finances automobile purchases.  In total the Garber Automotive Group employs over 1600 employees with the headquarters based in Saginaw, MI.

 

https://www.garberbuick.com/about-us/

 

Steve Brown recognized for his support of education

MADA congratulates Steve Brown, who was one of a select group of dealers who received Northwood University’s prestigious Dealer Education Award at the recent NADA Convention in Las Vegas. Since 1972, Northwood has presented this award to community leaders who have made outstanding sacrifices of time and resources.

 

 

Please help us recognize other dealers around Michigan for their contributions to education.

Do you know a dealer who exemplifies what it means to be an upstanding community member and business leader? If so, please help MADA recognize these dealers with a nomination for the Northwood University Dealer Education Award. This award recognizes dealers in the automotive marketing field who have made noteworthy contributions to education, both public and private.

 

Review the dealer nomination form (here) and nominate a dealer you believe deserves to be recognized for this prestigious award.

Joe Falzon recognized for community service & industry accomplishments

MADA would like to congratulate Joe Falzon, owner of Signature Ford Lincoln in Owosso, as well as Signature Ford of Perry.  Mr. Falzon was nominated by MADA members for the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year. He was one of a select group of 47 dealer nominees from across the country honored over the weekend at NADA’s 2018 NADA Show in Las Vegas.

 

Please help us recognize other dealers around Michigan for their exemplary community service.

Michigan’s new car dealers are some of the most supportive and involved businesses in the state. Dealers support local education through sponsorships and scholarships, and they give generously to numerous community organizations and programs.  Do you know a dealer who exemplifies what it means to be an upstanding community member and business leader? If so, please help MADA recognize these dealers with a nomination for the TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year Award. The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car dealers in America who exhibit exceptional performance in their dealerships and perform distinguished community service.

Review the dealer nomination form (here) and nominate a dealer you believe deserves to be recognized for this prestigious award.

Michigan History: Schaefer & Bierlein Chrysler (1852)

One of the oldest, continuously operating dealerships in the United States.

George M. Schaefer opened his blacksmith and woodworking shop in 1852. In 1890, his son, George A. took over the business and a few years later, in 1905, they teamed up with their first partner, George Rummel. Barney Schaefer later joined the family business after attending auto school in Detroit where he was trained in mechanics, testing and demonstrating automobiles.  He sold the company’s first car in 1914.

 

When Elmer Schaefer returned from WWII, he and his brother-in-law, Duane Bierlein purchased the Rummel half of the partnership, and Schaefer & Bierlein was born in 1954. Duane and his son Randy purchased the Schaefer half of the business in 1983. They kept the name, as well as the dedication to progressive thinking and customer satisfaction that Barney had when he sold that very first car more than 100 years ago.

 

Today, six generations later, Randy and his sons Kyle and Craig continue to provide superior customer service to customers in and around Frankenmuth, Michigan.

 

http://www.frankenmuthcars.net/dealership/about.htm

Michigan Industry, Manufacturing and Mining Facts

  • Traditionally, Michigan has led the nation in the production of passenger cars and assembled trucks.
  • The nation’s number one producer of canned baby food is located in Fremont.
  • Michigan has one of the world’s greatest chemical centers, in Midland.
  • One of the largest pharmaceutical laboratory buildings and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities is located in Kalamazoo.
  • Michigan is one of the leaders in the production of salt.
  • Michigan has the world’s largest limestone quarry, in Rogers City.
  • The Lake Superior district in the Upper Peninsula is part of one of the greatest iron ore-producing regions in the world.

 

Read more >> Getting to Know Michigan

“Tent” Sale Requirements

To ensure the most success for your temporary or “tent” sale, please remember to first obtain the necessary approval from the State of Michigan. Temporary sale locations must be properly licensed with the Department of State and are permitted only within a dealer’s county of licensure.
Temporary sales may include a “tent sale” or a similar event during which vehicles may be displayed and sold for a specified length of time. There is no cost to obtain licensing for a temporary sale. However, the following must be provided 15 days prior to the sale for the state to review and approve:

  • Vehicle Dealer Supplemental Location Application form (link)
  • Michigan Vehicle Dealer Close Out Statement for Temporary Location form(link)
  • Enclose either a franchise approval to sell new vehicles at the sale location, or self-certify that you have authorization to sell new vehicles at the sale location during the dates specified. If only selling used vehicles at the off-site location, you will need a letter signed by the owner stating that the dealership will only be selling used cars.  **Sample letters**

If you have questions please call Jean Quinn at (800) 292-1923 or email jquinn@michiganada.org. Completed forms can be returned to MADA via fax at (517) 351-3120 or by email to Jean. Forms will be reviewed for accuracy and forwarded to the state for processing.