Vice Chairman, Director
David Bruton Smith is the Vice Chairman of Sonic. He was appointed as Vice Chairman on March 31, 2013. Mr. Smith previously served as Executive Vice President and as a director of Sonic since October 2008, and has served in Sonic's organization since 1998. Prior to being named a director and Executive Vice President in 2008, Mr. Smith served as Sonic's Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Smith served as Sonic's Vice President of Corporate Strategy from October 2005 to March 2007, and also served prior to that time as Dealer Operator of several Sonic dealerships. He is a son of O. Bruton Smith and the brother of B. Scott Smith.
William R. Brooks has been a director of Sonic since its organization in January 1997. Mr. Brooks also served as Sonic's initial Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Vice President and Secretary from January 1997 to April 1997. Since December 1994, Mr. Brooks has been the Vice President, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and a director of SMI, became Executive Vice President of SMI in February 2004 and became Vice Chairman in 2008. Mr. Brooks also serves as an executive officer and a director for various operating subsidiaries of SMI. Before the formation of SMI in December 1994, Mr. Brooks was the Vice President of Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe's Motor Speedway) and a Vice President and director of Atlanta Motor Speedway.
William I. Belk has been a director of Sonic since March 1998. Mr. Belk is currently affiliated with Southeast Investments, NC, Inc., a FINRA member firm headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Belk's past professional experience includes serving as a North Carolina District Court Judge, serving as a partner in the investment banking firm Carolina Financial Group, Inc., and serving in the positions of Chairman and director for certain Belk stores, a retail department store chain. Mr. Belk has also previously served as a director of Monroe Hardware Co., Inc., a wholesaler of hardware materials. Mr. Belk has a JD with an LLM - Taxation and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a director of British West Indies Trading Company.
Robert H. Heller
Robert Heller has been a director of Sonic since January 2000. Mr. Heller served as a director of FirstAmerica Automotive, Inc. from January 1999 until its acquisition by Sonic in December 1999. Mr. Heller was a director and Executive Vice President of Fair, Isaac and Company from 1994 until 2001, where he was responsible for strategic relationships and marketing. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Heller was President and Chief Executive Officer of Visa U.S.A. Mr. Heller is a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System, and has had an extensive career in banking, international finance, government service and education. Mr. Heller currently serves as director of Bank of Marin Bancorp, a public company traded on the Nasdaq.
Victor H. Doolan has been a director of Sonic since July 2005. Prior to being appointed as a director, Mr. Doolan served for approximately three years as president of Volvo Cars North America until his retirement in March 2005. Prior to joining Volvo, Mr. Doolan served as the Executive Director of the Premier Automotive Group, the luxury division of Ford Motor Company from July 1999 to June 2002. Mr. Doolan also enjoyed a 23-year career with BMW, culminating with his service as President of BMW of North America from September 1993 to July 1999. Mr. Doolan has worked in the automotive industry for approximately 37 years. Mr. Doolan also served as a director of Blue Fire Ethanol Fuels Inc. until December 2010.
Bernard C. Byrd, Jr.
Bernard C. Byrd, Jr. has been a director of Sonic since October 2013. Mr. Byrd is an entrepreneur with more than twenty-five years of experience in a variety of business ventures. From 2005-2013, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Secure EDI Health Group, a healthcare technology firm. In addition, Mr. Byrd owns Tri Cities Restaurant Group, a company with more than 20 Wendy's franchises in Tennessee and Virginia. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Byrd founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRAmerica, Inc., a human resources outsourcing firm. Mr. Byrd graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a degree in Business Administration. He is not related to our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Heath R. Byrd.