September 26, 2011
Continuing a tradition begun in 2008, members of the Bel Air New Car Dealers Association agreed to donate $20 for every unit sold at their 2011 Labor Day Weekend sale at the Festival at Bel Air shopping center, to a local Harford County charitable institution that serves members of the community in need. For 2011, the Dealer Group decided to make the Harford Family House the recipient of the donation. Previous beneficiaries were the Harford County Commission on Veterans (2008), the Harford County Community Action Agency (2009)
July 12, 2011
Robert Lee "Bob" Bell, who began his career in auto sales in the 1950s and went on to own the Bob Bell Automotive Group, one of the state's largest car dealers, died Sunday of leukemia at theUniversity of Maryland Medical Center. The Ellicott City resident, who earlier had lived in Laurel, was 78. Born and raised in Alexandria, Va., Mr. Bell was appointed a Capitol Hill U.S. Senate page and graduated from the Senate Page School. "He was a page for Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn," said a daughter, Mary Catherine Bishop of Ellicott City.
July 1, 2011
Several laws from the most recent session of the Maryland legislature take effect today: •Marylanders may have wine shipped to their homes, as long as their vintner of choice has paid a $200 permit and signed up with the state comptroller's office. •State workers will pay more into their pension system. Workers hired now will have lower benefits than their more experienced colleagues. •Car dealers can tack a $200 dealership fee on the cost of a new or used vehicle.
April 23, 2011
Reporter Annie Linskey is right to characterize the last-minute budget deal that allows Maryland auto dealers to double and triple the processing fees they charge buyers as "a giveaway to car dealers" ("Businesses see breaks from General Assembly," April 18). That giveaway will be a serious blow to Maryland consumers, however, because they will foot the bill for the $100 million windfall the fee hike brings to the state's car dealers next year. As our economy struggles to emerge from the worst recession of the last 70 years, many low- and moderate-income Marylanders are struggling to afford the cars they need to find jobs, obtain child care and travel to the places that offer products at affordable prices.
October 30, 2009
Thanks to a satisfied customer who gave an excellent reference, Jody Berg and her company, Media Works Ltd., got a call last month to pitch a potential client. The Van Tuyl Automotive Group, the country's largest independent network of car dealerships, was looking for an experienced media buyer to help it place more than $30 million in advertising over the next year - a staggering amount that would more than double Media Works' annual billings. Berg remembers speaking to a Van Tuyl official one day by phone in September, and then flying to a meeting in Atlanta the next day. Proposals and follow-up meetings came quickly after.
June 27, 2009
Gerald "Captain Jerry" Millman, a former used-car dealer and haberdasher who founded Captain Jerry's Custom T-shirts, died Sunday of kidney and heart failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 82. Born in Baltimore, Mr. Millman was raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. After graduating from Forest Park High School, he served in the North Atlantic aboard the Coast Guard cutter Dexter. After being discharged from the service, he established a used-car business in Brooklyn at Patapsco Avenue and Potee Street.