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Sidney DeBoer

Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors

Sidney B. DeBoer took Lithia Motors public in 1996 and is the Chairman of the Board. Mr. DeBoer served as Chief Executive Officer and Secretary from 1968 through 2011, and then Executive Chairman through the end of 2015. He continues his involvement with industry organizations, including the President’s Club of the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Oregon Director of the National Auto Dealers Association, and the Chrysler National Dealer Council. Mr. DeBoer’s pioneering work in the public auto retailer sector and as an automotive dealer has earned him numerous awards and recognition. His charitable work on the Southern Oregon University Foundation Board, Oregon Community Foundation and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival have created a vibrant community for our company’s headquarters. Mr. DeBoer attended Stanford University and the University of Oregon. Mr. DeBoer’s familiarity with our business, executive leadership and industry experience make him uniquely qualified to be our Chairman.











  • Sidney DeBoer

    Sidney DeBoer

    Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Sidney B. DeBoer took Lithia Motors public in 1996 and is the Chairman of the Board. Mr. DeBoer served as Chief Executive Officer and Secretary from 1968 through 2011, and then Executive Chairman through the end of 2015. He continues his involvement with industry organizations, including the President’s Club of the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Oregon Director of the National Auto Dealers Association, and the Chrysler National Dealer Council. Mr. DeBoer’s pioneering work in the public auto retailer sector and as an automotive dealer has earned him numerous awards and recognition. His charitable work on the Southern Oregon University Foundation Board, Oregon Community Foundation and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival have created a vibrant community for our company’s headquarters. Mr. DeBoer attended Stanford University and the University of Oregon. Mr. DeBoer’s familiarity with our business, executive leadership knowledge and industry experience make him uniquely qualified to be our Chairman.











  • Thomas Becker

    Thomas Becker

    Director

    Thomas R. Becker is President of North American Senior Living, LLC, a senior housing development, operations and consulting company. He joined our board in 1997. Mr. Becker led Pacific Retirement Services, as Chief Executive Officer for 20 years, retiring in 2010. As the former CEO of a large organization, he contributes his experience with multi-state operations, management of a large work force, and capital financing. Mr. Becker earned a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon and has previously served on other public company boards.








  • Susan Cain

    Susan Cain

    Director

    Susan O. Cain joined our Board of Directors in 2009. Ms. Cain has been a Senior Instructor in Accounting at Southern Oregon University, located in Ashland, Oregon since 2004. Ms. Cain joined KPMG LLP in 1978, retiring as a partner in the San Francisco office in 1999. While with KPMG, she specialized in banking institutions and trust tax services. Ms. Cain is involved with various non-profit and charitable organizations including the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She maintains her CPA license and brings to our Board of Directors a high level of accounting expertise. Ms. Cain holds a B.A. degree in General Science from Oregon State University and a Master of Science in Taxation from Washington School of Law, Washington Institute of Graduate Studies. She serves as the Audit Committee Chair and is an audit committee financial expert as defined under SEC rules.









  • Bryan DeBoer

    Bryan DeBoer

    President & CEO

    Bryan B. DeBoer has been our Chief Executive Officer and President since 2012 and first became a director in 2008. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. DeBoer was Senior Vice-President of Mergers & Acquisitions/Operations and then COO driving the growth of Lithia and transforming the company culture to an entrepreneurial and high performance model. Upon joining Lithia in 1989, Mr. DeBoer grew through the store positions of Finance Manager, Used Vehicle Manager, General Sales Manager, General Manager and multi-store General Manager. Mr. DeBoer has a B.S. degree from Southern Oregon University in Business Administration. He also graduated from the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Academy. Mr. DeBoer’s store experience, passion for mergers and acquisitions and strong manufacturer relationships drive our growth. His enthusiasm for the car business combined with a competitive spirit set the tone for our culture.









  • Kenneth Roberts

    Kenneth Roberts

    Director

    Kenneth E. Roberts joined our Board in 2012 after working as “of counsel” with Lane Powell, PC, a Pacific Northwest law firm. Mr. Roberts was a partner with the law firm of Roberts Kaplan LLP (formerly Foster Pepper LLP) from 1987 until the firm joined with Lane Powell in January 2011. HIs private law practice focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, executive compensation and securities, representing public companies, and community banks. Mr. Roberts is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Oregon State University with a B.S. in Business and Technology. Mr. Roberts chairs our Corporate Governance committee and lends insightful analysis to our mergers and acquisitions strategies.








  • David Robino

    David J. Robino

    Director

    David J. Robino joined our Board in 2016. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Southern Oregon University since 2012. He began his management career at the Maytag Corporation and Pepsi-Cola. He joined AC Nielsen in 1993, culminating as Senior Vice President of Nielsen International, based in Brussels, Belgium. After a successful Vice-Presidency at AT&T Solutions, Mr. Robino left to lead Gateway, Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and later Vice-Chairman. Upon retiring from Gateway, Mr. Robino served as a member of the board of directors of Memec, Inc. specialty semiconductors, and Insight Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Robino has a M.S. in Industrial Relations from Iowa State University and B.A. in Social Studies from Graceland College. Mr. Robino’s executive management and board experience over the course of his career at many large firms, provides us with expertise across a broad range of subjects.








  • Dick Heimann

    M.L. "Dick" Heimann

    Vice Chairman Emeritus

    Dick serves as our Vice Chariman Emeritus of our Board of Directors. Dick joined Lithia in 1970 as General Manager of Lithia Dodge in Medford, Oregon. Prior to Lithia's initial public offering, Dick was a partner in our four original stores. Dick served as President of the company overseeing operations until 2006. Prior to joining Lithia, Dick served as a District Manager of Chrysler Corporation. Dick graduated from the University of Colorado.