Jim Shorkey Jr. Featured

8:00pm EDT September 25, 2008

Jim Shorkey Jr. is all about giving back to and being involved with the community. The president of Courtesy Auto Group, which includes the Courtesy Suzuki Isuzu and Jim Shorkey Kia dealerships, does a lot of things, both big and small, to stay involved with the community.

One way is through donations, and Shorkey donates money to various school and community organizations. While most are small, Shorkey says it adds up and helps make a difference. He also donates cars to be used in local parades and stays involved with the local police and volunteer fire departments.

Even after going through several tough years, Shorkey has placed a value on giving back. The company was nearly forced to close its doors in the late 1990s and early 2000s when General Motors discontinued the Oldsmobile brand. But in 2003, Shorkey acquired the Suzuki brand and business was again in full swing.

Shorkey has a vested interest in the community and giving back to it. He employs people from the North Huntingdon area and purchases products from local vendors. He has put money back into the dealership facilities — spending $2.3 million on the Suzuki dealership and working on a combination new and renovated facility for the Kia dealership that he purchased last November.

Staying involved in the community can also help develop customer relationships, and Shorkey places a high value on customers and makes sure they are taken care of. He is also open, honest and forthright and lets customers know what is going on. Shorkey says if you take care of your customers, they will continue to do business with you.

One of the bigger company events was this past May when employees formed a team to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Shorkey donated $5 for every team member who finished the race wearing a “What a Great Day!” T-shirt.

Shorkey says being involved, whether through just paying taxes, giving to local organizations or offering jobs to residents, can have a great economic impact on the community.

HOW TO REACH: Courtesy Auto Group, (800) 436-0788 or www.courtesypa.com