Ryan Carter, who moved to Juneau from Missouri in late September, has taken over as general manager at Capital Chevrolet, replacing Rob Skinner, who held the position since February of 2001.
"I love Juneau, loved the store; it was just that an opportunity popped up that I couldn't refuse," Skinner said.
He is acting as the general manager of Lewis Motors in Ketchikan, and is in the process of buying that dealership.
Skinner resigned from the board of directors of the United Way of Southeast Alaska, the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau, and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce when he moved in early October. He retains his position on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska.
Carter had been working as the manager of a dealership in Missouri. He previously owned a Chrysler dealership in Aurora, Mo.
He saw an ad for a dealership manager position in Alaska on the Internet and contacted Bob Favretto about the job. Along with Capital Chevrolet, Favretto is the principal owner of dealerships in Soldotna and Kenai.
Carter will become a part-owner of the dealership on Jan. 1.
Changing customer-service protocol is Carter's first goal as general manager, he said.
"I believe that I carry a lot of customer-service information and policies and so on to the table that I don't believe have hit this part of the country yet," Carter said.
Carter plans to add several dealers to the store's staff of 29, he said. Steve Schutte has returned to the position of sales manager at the dealership.
Favretto and Skinner bought Lewis Motors in Juneau from Harley Lewis and Chuck Wescott in February of 2001. They changed the name of the dealership to Capital Chevrolet.
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