Executive Vice President, Director
Mr. David Smith has served as Executive Vice President and Director of Sonic Automotive, Inc. since October 2008 and has served in Sonic's organization since October 2000. Prior to being named a Director and Executive Vice President of Sonic in October 2008, he served as Sonic's Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy of the company from October 2005 to March 2007, and also served prior to that time as Dealer Operator of several Sonic Automotive Dealerships.
Mr. William R. Brooks has been a Director of Sonic Automotive, Inc. since its organization in January 1997. Mr. Brooks is the Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Speedway Motorsports Inc. (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.
Mr. William I. Belk has been a Director of Sonic Automotive, Inc. since March 1998. Mr. Belk is currently affiliated with Southeast Investments, NC, Inc., a FINRA member firm headquartered in Charlotte, NC. 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 is an attorney with an LLM-Taxation.
Robert H. Heller
Mr. H. Robert Heller has been a Director of Sonic Automotive, Inc. 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 a career in banking, international finance, government service and education. Mr. Heller currently serves as Director of Bank of Marin and Chairman of the Board of Marin General Hospital.
Mr. Robert L. Rewey has been a Director of Sonic Automotive, Inc. since December 2001. Mr. Rewey served as the Group Vice President of Ford Motor Company's North American Operations and Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Services from January 2000 until his retirement in April 2001. During his career with Ford, Mr. Rewey also served as President of Lincoln Mercury Division and then Ford Division and Group Vice President of North American sales, marketing and customer service. He has served on the Board of Directors for Volvo Cars and Mazda Corporation. In his prior positions, Mr. Rewey was responsible for initiating Ford's global brand, motorsports and marketing executive development strategies. Mr. Rewey has served as a member of the Board of Visitors, Fuqua School, Duke University and the Dean's Council, Fisher School of Business, Ohio State University. Mr. Rewey currently serves as a Director of SMI and of LoJack Corporation, a public company traded on the Nasdaq.
Mr. Victor H. Doolan has been a Director of Sonic Automotive, Inc. since July 2005. Prior to being appointed as a Director of Sonic Automotive, Inc, 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 36 years. Mr. Doolan currently serves as a Director of BlueFire Ethanol Fuels, Inc.
Bernard C. Byrd, Jr.
Mr. Byrd has been a Director of Sonic Automotive, Inc. since November 2013. Mr. Byrd is an entrepreneur with more than twenty-five years of experience in a variety of business ventures.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for Secure EDI, a healthcare technology firm he co-founded and served as its President and CEO from 2005 to 2013. Secure EDI services thousands of healthcare providers and hundreds of healthcare payers nationwide. He also serves on the board of Directors for Orchestrate Orthodontic Technologies, a company specializing in the next generation of 3D digital orthodontics. In addition, he is a partner in Think Say Records, an independent music record label as well as Tri-Cities Restaurant Group, which owns 20 plus Wendy's franchises.
During his career Byrd has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Secure EDI, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRAmerica, President of Human Resource ONE, Vice President of Finance YourStaff and CFO for Staffing Services.