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Dealer Spotlight MATTHEW J. (MATT) STUCKEY >> President, Stuckey Subaru, Stuckey Ford, Hollidaysburg, Pa. Matt Stuckey has been involved in AIADA since 2006 when his dealership acquired a Subaru franchise. As a dealer, he is carrying on the family busi- ness, originally started as a Ford dealership by his grandfather in 1959. The Stuckey dealer- ships are involved extensively in their local community and were inducted into the Blair County Chamber Business Hall of Fame in 2013. Together, they have been the recipient of several awards, including the Subaru Stellar Performer Award. How are you and your dealerships involved in your local community? We support a variet y of local charitable organiza- tions: Hollidaysburg YMCA Community Wellness Challenge Series, Allegheny Trailrunners Races, Blair Rescue Mission Food Bank, Salvation Army Altoona, ARC of Blair County, Central PA Humane Society, You ng L i fe Cent ra l PA, Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind, Precious Life, Central Blair Rec Commission, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sister of Blair County, Family Services, The Presbyterian Home, Fraternal Order of Police, Joshua House, Day One of Altoona, along with many Christian charities that my family personally supports. When did you first get involved with AIADA and why? I became involved after we got the Subaru franchise in November 2006 to have an advocate­for us in Washington and to promote import dealer issues on a national scale. Our business­ has grown in total employees­ each year since acquiring Subaru in 2006. What do you believe is the most important part of running a successful dealership? Empowering the right people to make decisions as department leaders. As a member of the auto retail industry, what has been your biggest chal- lenge? Matthew J. Stuckey to be in the future. They need to quit making tax law changes retroactive or during a tax year. Keeping up with changing consumer demands. In your opinion, how have events in Washington, D.C., impacted your busi- ness and employees? What is one thing you would like lawmakers to know about dealers and the auto retail industry? They have limited our sales potential by reducing everyone’s income. We are over taxed, but worse, we are over-burdened with regulation. We provide great employment opportunities. We do a better job meeting local customer needs than the “big box” retailers, but have a similar level of capacity. We need consistent budgeting and planning from Washington so that we know what the tax and regulatory environment is going How do you find and retain the best employ- ees? Pay them well, give them a path to follow for their career. What is your personal “dream car”? Subaru WRX STI Hatchback What is the smartest choice you have made as a dealer? To invest in the people who work for our dealership. Above: Stuckey met with his congressman, Rep. Bill Shuster, during the 8th Annual International Auto Industry Summit. Left: Stuckey Subaru in Hollidaysburg, Pa. FALL 2014 | AutoDealer 21