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Owner and Dealer

Local Address: Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
Gateway Ford LINCOLN Mazda
1055 West Andrew Johnson Hwy
Greeneville, Tennessee 37745
United States

Company Description: Gateway Ford LINCOLN Mazda is a Greeneville Ford, LINCOLN, and Mazda Dealer located at 1055 West Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville, TN 37745. Our new car line-up...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Dealer
    Gateway Ford LINCOLN Mazda
  • Chairman
    Laughlin Health Care Foundation
  • President
    Lawson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile
  • Owner-General Manager
    Lawson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile
  • Dealer - Operator
    Lawson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile
  • President
    Exchange Club of Greeneville

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founding Member of the Board of Directors
    Laughlin Health Care Foundation

Education

  • University of Tennessee
10 Total References
Web References
Blanche Grady Award
www.ggcbgc.org, 8 July 2013 [cached]
Lennie Lawson, chairman of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation, sang his self-penned "I Want to Thank You," in appreciation for the efforts of community volunteers. This community is blessed with many people who give, not only fiscally, but also spiritually, Lawson said. "A helping hand is sometimes what a person needs more than a check," he said.
Shown above in this photo made ...
www.greenevillesun.com, 9 Sept 2008 [cached]
Shown above in this photo made at Lawson Chevrolet this morning are, left to right: Lennie Lawson; Daniel Johnson, another partner with the Lawsons and Bewley; Max Lawson; and Bewley
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Lennie Lawson, a son of Max Lawson and the member of the family now most involved in managing the automotive businesses, said in an interview that the family is selling all of its automotive interests, including its interests in Lawson Chevrolet, Inc.; Lawson Mountain Imports, which does business as Mountain Mazda; Gateway Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc.; and Toyota of Bristol.
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Lennie Lawson said he has formed a new company -- The Lawson Company -- of which he is owner and president.
The new company, he said, will specialize in three areas: marketing planning and execution, sales and human resource training, and property development.
Based in Greeneville, The Lawson Company will, he continued, serve not only the auto industry "but any small, medium or large business."
He plans to offer services mainly in Tennessee and the southeastern U.S., he said.
"I look forward to hanging my shingle out," he added with a smile.
Approached Bewley In 2007
Lawson explained in the interview that he had approached Bewley with the possibility of Bewley's buying the Lawsons' automotive interests more than a year ago, and the arrangements had been worked out slowly over the months since then.
"I have been ready to pursue some other business and personal interests for several years but never thought it could be a reality due to how entrenched I was in the car business," Lawson said.
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Lawson noted that his wife, Terri, "has been a big part of this decision" and said the change also has strong support from their son, Blaine, who is employed at Lawson Chevrolet, and from his parents, Max and Barbara Lawson.
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In a separate interview, Max Lawson said that the planned sale is "very important to us. ... Lennie has gotten it all together."
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Kent Bewley recalled in a separate interview that "Lennie and I and Max have been partners for 12 years.
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"Lennie convinced me to give the car business a try," he told the Sun in an interview.
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Lennie Lawson had previously been dealer-operator at Gateway but resigned from that position in favor of Johnson when the move occurred this year, Lawson said.
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Lennie Lawson had previously been dealer-operator at Gateway but resigned from that position in favor of Johnson when the move occurred this year, Lawson said.
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The dealership is owned currently by Max Lawson, Lennie Lawson, Kent Bewley, Daniel Johnson, and Susan Holzschuh.
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Lennie Lawson has been dealer-operator of Lawson Chevrolet since 1994, and is general manager of Mountain Mazda.
Lennie Lawson, Kent Bewley, Daniel Johnson and Buck Holt have been the owners of Gateway Ford since October 2005, and Lawson, Bewley and Johnson have jointly owned Toyota of Bristol since December 2007.
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Lennie Lawson said in the interview with the Sun that he has been involved in his family's automotive businesses on a full-time basis since July 1, 1978, about a month after he graduated from the University of Tennessee.
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In addition to their business role in Greeneville/Greene County, the Lawson family has been and continues to be extensively involved in the civic and church life of the community, a tradition that Lennie Lawson has embraced.
A former president of the Exchange Club of Greeneville, he serves on the Greeneville Parks & Recreation Department Advisory Board, has been active in the youth program at Asbury United Methodist Church for 15 years, and was a founding member of the board of directors of Laughlin Healthcare Foundation.
He paid warm tribute to his parents' influence on him both as an automotive dealer and as a full participant in the life of the community.
He recalled that, when his father bought the local Chevrolet dealership from the late Joe Bewley in 1971, he [Max Lawson] "put in everything that he had and he borrowed the rest ...It was a true leap of faith."
Lennie Lawson said he had "learned a lot" from his father both about relating to people and about weathering difficult periods in the automotive business, such as the oil embargo in the 1970s and the U.S. recessions in the early 1980s and the early 1990s.
He has had success in the car business, he said, pointing out that "Dad created an opportunity for me."
He noted that his older brother, Wendell Lawson, a cardiologist in Oak Ridge, had decided to go into the field of medicine.
But, Lennie Lawson said, "From the time I was 16, I felt that [an automotive dealer] was probably what I was going to be."
He said his father and mother "have set an unsurpassable example" for him of service to the community, adding, "They have always been nothing but a positive influence on me."
Greene County Online
greene.xtn.net, 3 Aug 2004 [cached]
A used-car auto dealership involving a new concept locally will soon be opening here, Lennie Lawson, president of Lawson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile, has announced.Click Here for the complete story.
SCBA - Southern California Broadcasters Association
www.scba.com, 1 April 2005 [cached]
In Greenville, Tennessee, Lawson Chevrolet's Owner-General Manager Lennie Lawson transformed a thirty-second Radio spot into a thirty- minute weekly commercial talk show four years ago.It's called, "Let's Talk Cars."With a co-host, he provides listeners with information on how cars work, repair tips, car reviews and a variety of topics, including unethical dealership practices.According to the article in Automotive Age Magazine, the show is the No.1 commercial talk show of the 10 aired on the local station.
Moreover, Lawson can trace the sale of more than 100 new cars in the past two years directly to the show.
He says, "Many times people come down here and buy cars from us and they say the only reason they're here is because of that Radio show.
All businesses in the retail center ...
www.greenevillesun.com, 20 Jan 2011 [cached]
All businesses in the retail center are separate, but auto-related, owner Lennie Lawson said last week in a written statement.
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Lawson said in the written statement that CarSmart Auto and Tire Center is full-service, with the mission of offering dealership-quality service at "shade tree" prices.
Comfortable waiting areas are available for customers, along with free lunch for waiting customers at Pal's next door.
The facility includes a completely remodeled shop and delivery area, Lawson said.
NAPA is one of the most recognized automotive brands in the nation, he said, and offers quality parts and low prices on a vast selection of automotive parts, accessories, tools, maintenance items, and paint.
He said the center will offer every type of maintenance and repair service as well as high-volume, discount pricing on all major tire brands, including a full array of tire, wheel and suspension services.
Lawson said the low overhead and aggressive pricing model will save consumers up to 50 percent on traditional labor charges while offering "Good," "Better" and "Best" pricing options on quality NAPA parts.
Another key benefit of the NAPA Autocare Center, he said, will be the nationwide repair warranty that comes with every service.
All qualifying services and repairs are covered by a nationwide 12-month/12,000-mile warranty, which doubles for consumers paying with the NAPA Autocare Easy-pay credit card.
"Regardless of the age, make or model of vehicle, CarSmart will offer fast, affordable and quality service that is warranted by NAPA," Lawson said in the statement last week.
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Lawson is also the owner and dealer of Gateway Ford Lincoln Mercury Mazda, located at 1055 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy.
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