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To say Aaron Zeigler is optimistic may be an understatement. Zeigler Auto Group recently topped $1 billion in annual revenue and expects to add another $50 million in revenue before the close of this year. By March, the organization hopes to finish construction on a motorsports dealership and “action park” — complete with a full restaurant, bar and several miles of test tracks — that will serve as a destination for enthusiasts, said Zeigler, the president of the dealership group. He projects growth by acquisition to continue to heat up in 2017. “We could add another three to four dealers next year pretty easily,” he said. Overall, Zeigler bets the economy will likely continue to grow, particularly if the incoming administration fulfills its promises to cut taxes. 

Published in Crystal Ball

Tesla Motors Inc. wants to strike a compromise with lawmakers so it can begin selling its electric vehicles in Michigan using the same direct-to-consumer model it’s deployed in 25 other states.

Published in Manufacturing

Since taking over as president of Kalamazoo-based Zeigler Auto Group in 2002, Aaron Zeigler has grown the company’s network of automotive dealerships to encompass 20 locations spanning West Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and New York. Sales for the dealer group grew from $650 million in 2013 to $850 million last year, and the company is on pace to exceed $1 billion by the end of 2015, driven largely by acquisitions and new franchises, Zeigler said. In recognition of that growth, Ernst & Young Global Ltd. named Zeigler as one of its 2015 Entrepreneurs of the Year for Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Zeigler spoke with MiBiz about his outlook as M&A activity continues to heat up in the industry.

Published in Q&A

Given the brisk pace of new vehicle sales in the past couple of years, auto dealerships can ill afford downtime in their stores as they compete for customers’ attention and dollars.

Published in Design Build

When Dan Scheid and Aaron Zeigler took over the family-owned Zeigler Auto Group more than a decade ago, they knew they wanted to position the Kalamazoo-based dealership group for growth.

Published in CFO Award Profiles

Zeigler Auto Group has secured two franchises of the 35 or so Alfa Romeo dealerships across the country and plans to locate one of them adjacent to its new Maserati store in Grandville, President Aaron Zeigler announced at a grand opening last week.

Published in Manufacturing

It's Friday, the Motor City is bankrupt, strong corporate earnings continue to roll in, and we've managed to make deadline for the print edition of MiBiz.  Here's today's West Michigan business news, done briefly.  Look for updates throughout the day. 

Published in In the News
Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:17

Aaron Zeigler, President, Zeigler Auto Group

Even at the low point of the auto industry, Zeigler’s company was on a roll, debuting stores in West Michigan and in the greater Chicago area. The results have been positive.

Published in Crystal Ball

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