Century Automotive Group is thriving across three generations. Love and commitment to nurturing family relationships have been vital ingredients for their success. From Tracy’s integration into the business as the second generation, and now the third generation actively working in the business; they live by there is no business gain worth a family loss.

The history of Century Automotive Group is unique and, at the same time, similar to so many entrepreneurial-owned businesses. Passion for an industry, and as Tracy would often hear her father say, a little bit of luck, a lot of talent, and the right place at the right time, a successful business is born. A love for the car business inspired Tracy to dream about becoming a Dealer at a very young age.

It was a different time and place for women back then, so instead of going directly into the car business after college, Tracy got her CPA and worked for Price Waterhouse Cooper in Houston. Then, about five years later, Tracy’s father asked if she was interested in moving back to Huntsville, AL because the business needed a controller, and he was thinking about retiring. Tracy was ecstatic about the opportunity and felt confident in her experience as it gave her credibility and, with her finance background, had a much-needed skill to provide.

Listen in to hear Tracy Jones share the history of Century Automotive Group, what inspired her to join the family business, and how succession planning has supported their vision for building strong family relationships and a business growing in value and community impact.

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