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Peter C. “Pete” DeLongchamps, Group 1 Automotive Vice President of Financial Services, Manufacturer Relations & Public Affairs
Pete DeLongchamps: Pete DeLongchamps offers 34 years of experience encompassing many facets of the automotive industry. He has worked for and alongside many great automobile companies including General Motors, BMW of North America, Land Rover, Jaguar, Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and Nissan. Pete has extensive knowledge of the industry as he has held a variety of positions including field and Regional Management jobs at the OEM/Manufacturer level. In the retail arena he has been a dealership General Manager, Dealer/ President, Chief Operating Officer and to date, Vice President of Financial Services, Manufacturer Relations and Public Affairs for Group 1.
After receiving his degree from Baylor University in 1983, DeLongchamps began a career with General Motors Corporation. In 1988, he accepted an opportunity to join BMW of North America. His last responsibility was to serve as Regional Operations Manager for BMW of North America in the Southern Region. During that time Pete was responsible for the sales, marketing, and distribution for BMW’s Southern Region. In 1998, DeLongchamps moved to Advantage Motorcars in Houston where he served as Dealer/President. His final position before joining Group 1 Automotive was Partner and Chief Operating Officer for the Advantage and Momentum Auto Group in Houston.
In 2004, by way of acquisition, DeLongchamps joined Group 1 Automotive and currently serves as Vice President of Financial Services, Manufacturer Relations and Public Affairs for Group 1 Automotive, Inc., a Houston-based Fortune 500 specialty retailer and the third largest dealer group in the U.S. Market.
Pete and his wife Jana have three children – Ryan, Madeline and Joseph. He enjoys playing golf, reading, fishing and sports. Pete and his family reside in Houston.
The DeLongchamps makes it a priority to give back to the community, as well. He serves on the board of Junior Achievement, the Texas Bowl and SEARCH Homeless Services, and is involved with Greater Houston Community Foundation, Kids Meals, and the Houston SPCA.
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.: Houston-based Group 1 Automotive, Inc. is an international Fortune 500 automotive retailer and a leading operator in the automotive retailing industry. Since its initial public offering in October 1997, Group 1 has grown to become the third largest dealership group in the U. S. and has expanded overseas. Group 1 owns and operates 162 automotive dealerships, 212 franchises, and 37 collision centers in the U.S., the U.K. and Brazil. Through its dealerships, the company sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related vehicle financing; sells service contracts; provides maintenance and repair services; and sells vehicle parts.