NORMAN — Previous owner plans on traveling
Marc Heitz is going on vacation. He’ll have some time now. On Wednesday, he sold his remaining car dealership to David Stanley Auto Group.
“We’re going to travel,” Heitz said.
Heitz has been in the business of selling cars since he was 19 years old. Heitz began his career selling cars while he was a student at the University of Oklahoma. He continued in the industry after graduation, working his way to becoming the owner of four dealerships representing 10 lines of vehicles. Heitz was voted the Oklahoma Auto Dealer of the Year in 2011 by the Oklahoma Automotive Dealers Association, according to a press release issued by the company Wednesday.
As part of his successful business strategy, Heitz incorporated community involvement and support into his business dealings. That strategy paid off, earning Marc Heitz Chevrolet the spot as top Chevrolet dealer in Oklahoma for the past four years.
Heitz’s grandparents were dairy farmers, and his father managed a west-side Norman grocery store for 30 years. That gave him a strong connection to the community.
Heitz said he hopes David Stanley will continue to give back to Norman, but for Heitz, it was time to move on.
“GM had asked us to change the facility in a total remodel,” Heitz said. “It had to do with incentive monies and being eligible for rewards within the company, and if you didn’t do it, you weren’t a team player.”
Heitz built the new facility at Interstate 35 and Lindsey Street during the height of the recent recession and increased sales volume when other dealers were seeing volume drop by half.
“They have a standardization program where they want all of the dealerships to look the same, and it happened after we built the new dealership,” Heitz said. “We built the dealership when GM was going through bankruptcy.”