About Richard J. Garber

Richard J. Garber
President
Garber Management Group
999 S. Washington Ave, Suite 1
Saginaw, MI  48601

PERSONAL

  • Lifelong Saginaw resident who lives in the city’s core.

  • Third generation owner of Garber Buick in Saginaw, Michigan.

  • Philanthropic towards Saginaw and Great Lakes Bay Region with time and resources

  • Leisure time:  Avid golfer.

  • Three children, Anne, Laura and RJ.

 

EDUCATION

  • Graduate of Douglas MacArthur High School, Saginaw, Michigan

  • Associates Degree in Automotive Marketing from Northwood University, Midland, Michigan

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Northwood University, Midland, Michigan

 

CURRENT INVOLVEMENTS:

  • Chair Temple Theatre Foundation

  • Chair Saginaw Future, Inc.

  • President Saginaw Society for Crippled Children

  • Board Member Tri-Star Trust Bank

  • Board Member Covenant Health Care Foundation

  • Board Member Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

  • Board Member Saginaw Community Foundation

 

PAST INVOLVMENTS:

  • Saginaw Riverfront Development Commission

  • Executive Committee for Vision 2020

  • Board Member Saginaw County Crime Prevention Council

  • Board Member YMCA

  • Friends of Hoyt Park

  • Board Member Saginaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • United Way Campaign Chair, 2004

  • Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Chair, 2006

  • Chairman of the “No Boundaries” Public Safety Millage Proposal in 2006

  • Chairman of the YMCA 2006 “One For All” Campaign

  • Board Member Boys & Girls Club

  • Board Member Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

 

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Spirit of Saginaw Award, presented by the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, October 2002

  • Pinnacle Award, Presented by the Saginaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau, February 2005

  • Excellence in Business Award, presented by Davenport University, October 14, 2005

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award, 2006, presented by SIM

  • Robert H. Albert Award for Community Service, presented by the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, November 9, 2007

  • NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) Century Award, 2007

  • All Area Arts Award, 2008

  • Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum Brick- 2008

  • Northwood University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, 2009

  • Outstanding Economic Investment in 2009 Award presented by Saginaw Future, Inc., February 2010. 

  • Greater Coleman Temple World Outreach Campus  “Celebrating Legacy 2009”

  • Corporate Community Service Award, 2009- Presented by the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce in March 2010

  • 2011 Child Advocate of the Year, presented by the CAN Council of Saginaw County

  • 2011 Bishop Kenneth E. Untener Cup Award

  • 2012 “Celebrated Champion” Award for Philanthropy presented by the Jason Richardson Foundation.

  • 2013 Frank N. Andersen Spirit of Philanthropy Award presented by the Saginaw Community Foundation.

 

BRIEF HISTORY

In 1980 at age 25, Dick became one of the youngest dealers in General Motors’ history when he took the helm of the company in its 73rd year of operation.  Over the past 30 plus years Dick has grown the business under the umbrella of the Garber Management Group; it now operates in four states (Michigan, Illinois, Florida and New York) and includes 14 new vehicle dealerships representing 15 manufacturers. The business also includes Gateway Financial Services, and an independent used vehicle business operating under the name RightWay Automotive Credit, with multiple sales locations in Michigan and Illinois. In total the organization employs over 1000 people and over $500 million in annual sales.

In the tradition of his grandfather and father, Dick has made service to the community a major priority in his life.  He has been an active participant and contributor to numerous community organizations and non-profits providing leadership, service and financial contributions. As a life-long resident of Saginaw, giving back to the community that has long been loyal to Garber Buick has always been extremely important to him.

Outside of the automotive industry, a unique opportunity arose in 2002 to make a contribution to the community in the sports arena.  At the encouragement of Hockey Legend Wren Blair and former Mayor Paul Wendler, Dick Garber became owner and Governor of an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) franchise, now the Saginaw Spirit which is in its eleventh season at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw.