Board of Directors

   
  
  





  



  






  
 





 
 
 
O. Bruton Smith
Executive Chairman, Director


Mr. O. Bruton Smith is the Founder of Sonic and has served as Sonic's Executive Chairman since July 2015.  Prior to his appointment as Executive Chairman, Mr. Smith had served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since its organization in January 1997.  Mr. Smith has also served as a director of Sonic since its organization in January 1997.  Mr. Smith is also a director of many of Sonic's subsidiaries.  Mr. Smith has worked in the retail automobile industry since 1966.  Mr. Smith is also the Executive Chairman and a director of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ("SMI").  Among other things, SMI owns and operates the following NASCAR racetracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway.

David Bruton Smith
Chief Executive Officer, Director


David Bruton Smith was elected Chief Executive Officer of Sonic in September 2018.  Prior to his election as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Smith served as Sonic's Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Strategic Officer from March 2018 to September 2018, as Sonic's Vice Chairman from March 2013 to March 2018 and as an Executive Vice President of Sonic from October 2008 to March 2013.  He has served as a director of Sonic since October 2008 and has served in Sonic's organization since 1998.  Prior to being named an Executive Vice President and a director in October 2008, Mr. Smith had served as Sonic's Senior Vice President of Corporate Development since March 2007.  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 and General Manager of several Sonic dealerships. 

Jeff Dyke
President, Director


Mr. Jeff Dyke was appointed to the office of President of Sonic in September 2018 and is responsible for direct oversight for all of Sonic's retail automotive operations. In addition, Mr. Dyke has been a director of Sonic since July 2019. Prior to this, Mr. Dyke has served as our Executive Vice President of Operations since October 2008. From March 2007 to October 2008, Mr. Dyke served as our Division Chief Operating Officer - Southeast Division, where he oversaw retail automotive operations for the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Mr. Dyke first joined Sonic in October 2005 as our Vice President of Retail Strategy, a position that he held until April 2006, when he was promoted to Division Vice President - Eastern Division, a position he held from April 2006 to March 2007. Prior to joining Sonic, Mr. Dyke worked in the automotive retail industry at AutoNation, Inc. from 1996 to 2005, where he held several positions in divisional, regional and dealership management with that company. 


William Belk
Director


Mr. William I. Belk has been a director of Sonic since March 1998.  Mr. Belk is currently affiliated with Southeast Investments, N.C. 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 also a director of British West Indies Trading Company.

 
William Brooks
Director


Mr. 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 and as an officer and director of SFC, the largest stockholder of Sonic.  Before the formation of SMI in December 1994, Mr. Brooks was a Vice President of Charlotte Motor Speedway and a Vice President and director of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Victor H. Doolan
Director


Mr. 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 and Chief Executive Officer 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 during his tenure, 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 47 years. [Mr. Doolan also served as a director of Blue Fire Ethanol Fuels Inc. until December 2010.
 
John W. Harris III
Director


John W. Harris III has been a director of Sonic since October 2014.  Mr. Harris has served since September 2015 as President of Lincoln Harris, LLC, a privately held corporate real estate services firm focused on commercial brokerage, construction services, development and property management.  From March 2012 to September 2015, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Lincoln Harris.  Prior to joining Lincoln Harris, Mr. Harris held various positions at Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global investment management firm, from August 2004 to February 2012.  During his tenure at Fortress, Mr. Harris worked on assignments in Europe and the United States.  Mr. Harris currently serves on the board of directors of Lincoln Harris, LLC and previously served on the board of directors of Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., a public company traded on the NYSE, from January 2014 until its acquisition in July 2017.
  




   



 
 
Robert Heller
Director


Mr. 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 a director of the Bank of Marin Bancorp, a public company traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

Marcus G. Smith
Director


Mr. Marcus G. Smith has been a director of Sonic since July 2019. Mr. Smith has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ("SMI") since 2015 and became a director of SMI in 2004. Mr. Smith continues to serve as President of SMI, a position he has held since May 2008. Mr. Smith previously served as Chief Operating Officer of SMI from May 2008 to February 2015. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Smith has served as Executive Vice President of National Sales and Marketing for SMI since 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Smith has held various management positions with SMI and its subsidiaries since he joined SMI in 1996. 


R. Eugene Taylor
Director


Mr. R. Eugene Taylor has been a director of Sonic since February 2015.  Mr. Taylor has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Bank Financial Corp. ("CBFC"), a bank holding company, since co-founding CBFC in 2009.  Prior to co-founding CBFC, Mr. Taylor spent 38 years at Bank of America Corporation and its predecessor companies, most recently as Vice Chairman of Bank of America and President of Global Corporate & Investment Banking.  After retiring from Bank of America, Mr. Taylor served as a Senior Advisor at Fortress Investment Group LLC.  Mr. Taylor currently serves on the boards of directors of CBFC and Capital Bank, N.A., CBFC's operating bank subsidiary ("Capital Bank").  Mr. Taylor was previously a director of Capital Bank Corporation, Green Bankshares, Inc. and TIB Financial Corp., each of which CBFC held controlling interests in prior to their merger into CBFC.
 
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