The Boeckmann file Featured

8:00pm EDT May 26, 2007

Age: 76


History: Hired as a salesman at the Nash Glendale dealer in 1952. Moved to Galpin in 1953. Became president in 1963, majority owner in 1964 and sole owner in 1968.

Fun fact about Galpin: Galpin Auto Sports is the custom body shop featured on the MTV show ‘Pimp My Ride.’

What is your definition of success?

First, you need to have your life in order. For me, that’s God first, family second and business third. A lot of executives get into trouble when they get those confused. You have to remind yourself to put business in the right order in your life.

What characteristics do you admire in a business leader?

Integrity and true concern for others. I don’t see it in all business leaders, unfortunately. But you find it in the way a person leads their life. One story I have is that I loan cars to some pastors in the area and I ask only one thing of them in return. I ask that if they ever hear a complaint of any kind about Galpin, to either call me or give the information to my secretary, and I’ll try to take care of the problem. If I can take care of the problem and treat people right, hopefully, they’ll want to keep doing business with me.

Boeckmann on making decisions: We work toward a consensus wherever possible. Awhile ago, we were offered a certain product, we had a couple of companies competing, we came together, looked at the presentation and came to a consensus. So wherever possible, we do that. But sometimes you need to take leadership and make a decision. I tease a little bit and tell them that this isn’t a democracy.