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OUR GROWTH

SCHOMP THROUGH THE AGES

1941 - Humble Beginnings

1941 - Humble Beginnings

Ralph Schomp Automotive gets its start in 1941 in Englewood, Colorado. Roy J. Weaver, one of Colorado’s automotive pioneers, our current CEO’s great-grandfather, relocates from Pueblo, Colorado, where he sold several different makes of automobiles out of the rear of a livery stable. During wartime, even though gasoline and tires are rationed he parks a couple of Oldsmobile out in front of his gas station to tempt customers and does a brisk service business. The dealership has been growing ever since.

1958 - Keeping It All In the Family

1958 - Keeping It All In the Family

Ralph Schomp, Roy Weaver’s son-in-law, takes over management of Arapahoe Motors, Inc. Plans an extensive remodeling to accommodate showcasing new Oldsmobiles and providing the excellent service customers expected.

1965 - Same Family – New Name and More Cars

1965 - Same Family – New Name and More Cars

Ralph Schomp assumes ownership of Arapahoe Motors from Roy Weaver and changes the name to Ralph Schomp Oldsmobile. Founds Ralph Schomp Imports to represent Land Rover, Rover, Austin and MG automobiles.

1968 - Achtung! German Quality Comes to Schomp

1968 - Achtung! German Quality Comes to Schomp

Ralph Schomp introduces BMW (German: Bayerische Motoren Werke) and Alfa Romeo (Italian) to the Denver market. Ralph Schomp Imports moves to new digs at 1033 W. Dartmouth Ave.

1973 - The Tiny Civic Proves Huge

1973 - The Tiny Civic Proves Huge

Ralph Schomp adds the Japanese-made Honda Civic to its lineup. The Honda line was new in the U.S. Although much smaller than American cars, the Civic was a fortuitous addition with the beginning of the Arab Oil Crisis and gasoline shortages and new environmental rules requiring reduced tailpipe emissions.

1976 - Lisa Schomp Breaks Down Barriers at General Motors

1976 - Lisa Schomp Breaks Down Barriers at General Motors

Lisa Schomp becomes the second woman to attend “General Motors Dealers’ Sons School” at the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan.

1980 - Ralph Schomp Named “Time Quality Dealer”

1980 - Ralph Schomp Named “Time Quality Dealer”

Schomp was a trained architect who entered the automobile business to help support his family and protect his wife’s future inheritance. As it turned out, he was pretty good at it. He applied his strong family values and ethics and established in the car-buying public’s mind that, “We run a very simple business.” His peers in Colorado’s automobile business honored those values with its highest award.

1984 - A New Chapter Opens for a Family Business

1984 - A New Chapter Opens for a Family Business

Lisa Schomp’s husband, Mark Wallace, joins the Schomp dealerships. Just as Ralph Schomp, Roy Weaver’s son-in-law, was successful as a ‘car guy,’ Mark Wallace shows himself to be a definite asset to the growing business. A graduate of CSU, Wallace trained in the business at a Fort Collins dealership before joining Ralph and Lisa to manage Schomp Automotive.

Schomp Moves South

Ralph Schomp moves his dealership to a sleek, modern and spacious new facility at 5700 South Broadway in Littleton, Colorado. It had separate showrooms for each brand: Oldsmobile, BMW and Honda with state-of-the art service departments for each, as well. The dealership instituted one of Denver’s first courtesy shuttles to make service their automobiles more convenient for our customers.

1985 - Let’s Have a Parade!

1985 - Let’s Have a Parade!

The Schomp dealerships become the presenting sponsor of the Littleton Fire Truck Parade & Muster. Over the years the summer event has attracted the participation of most of the fire departments in the Metro area – and beyond! Several police agencies have also joined in. The Fire Truck Parade & Muster is held annually on Father’s Day Weekend.

1986 - A Sale with a Benefit

1986 - A Sale with a Benefit

Like most every dealership, we have sales. Unlike most, we only have one – every year during the week after the 4th of July. It began this year and it continues to be meaningful because not only do we give our customers the benefit of great pricing, we donate a portion of our profits to The Children’s Hospital Burn Unit.

1988 - Schomp Turns a Page in Family History

1988 - Schomp Turns a Page in Family History

Ralph Schomp dies and Lisa Schomp completes purchase of Schomp Automotive. She and Mark Wallace made a formidable team, pooling their marketing and business skills to continue innovating and growing the family business.

1993 - A Revolutionary Approach to the Car-Buying Experience

1993 - A Revolutionary Approach to the Car-Buying Experience

Lisa Schomp improves the car-buying experience by adopting the “One Price – No-Hassle” sales philosophy in Colorado – the first auto dealer to do so. It was revolutionary and controversial. Customers who had been led to believe that the only way they could buy a car was to bargain – and even to expect to be fooled – were thrilled that now there was a better way.

2002 - Schomp Goes Small

2002 - Schomp Goes Small

Schomp Automotive becomes the first MINI dealer in Colorado. The iconic, legendary British sports sedan brand had been bought by BMW. The German automaker kept the gestalt and the image while applying the best German engineering. MINI was reborn, slightly larger, better but with the same edge. Not just a car … a lifestyle.

2005 - Schomp’s World Expands to Motorcycles

2005 - Schomp’s World Expands to Motorcycles

Schomp Automotive purchases Fay Myers Motorcycle World, Colorado’s largest motorcycle dealership. Fay Myers, one of the nation’s largest motorcycle dealerships represents Ducati, Aprilia, Honda, Kawasaki, Piaggio, Polaris, KTM bikes, MV Agusta, and Suzuki brands as well as Honda Power Equipment.

2007 - Lisa Schomp Shows Her Quality

2007 - Lisa Schomp Shows Her Quality

Just as Ralph Schomp before her, Lisa’s fellow dealers in Colorado honor her with the Colorado “Time Quality Dealer of the Year” award and she places in the top five for the national award. As one of the pioneer women in the automobile business, she proves she has the innovative spirit and drive to be a success … and open the doors to women entering the industry in every capacity.

2008 - Turning the Page & Starting a New Chapter

2008 - Turning the Page & Starting a New Chapter

A sparkling new home for the BMW line opens in Highlands Ranch. The 86,000-square-foot facility sets the standard for every other BMW facility to come with its spacious showroom and service department. The dealership site, on a bluff looking over the Rockies on the west and toward the fast-growing Douglas County communities to the south, is roomy enough for future Honda and MINI facilities. Instrumental in the facility’s planning and execution, Lisa Schomp and Mark Wallace’s son, Aaron Wallace, assumes operational control for Schomp Automotive, beginning a fourth generation of leadership in the automobile business.

2014 - Not Just Bigger – Better!

2014 - Not Just Bigger – Better!

Groundbreaking is held for two spacious new dealerships – one for Honda and one for MINI – on our Highlands Ranch property. The site is convenient for customers from all over the Front Range to reach via Santa Fe or C-470. Construction continues throughout 2015 as employees and passersby enjoy watching two of the most innovative dealerships in the country come to life.

February 2016 - Westward Ho!

February 2016 - Westward Ho!

In February of 2016, Schomp ventured west as the Wallace Automotive Group and broke ground on Mercedes-Benz of Farmington - Utah's new home for luxury. Completed in just eight months, the facility was designed around our revolutionary "ONE PRICE. ONE PERSON ONE HOUR.®" concept and commitment to complete transparency. We mirrored Farmington's pioneer spirit in every phase of design and construction, bringing our hometown its very first automobile dealership.

May 2016 - New Beginnings

May 2016 - New Beginnings

On Saturday night, May 21, 2016, Schomp Automotive locked the doors at 5700 S. Broadway one last time. At 6:00am Monday, May 23, we opened our brand-new Honda and MINI facilities to the world at 1001 and 1003 Plum Valley Lane, respectively. Each facility was designed around our signature "ONE PRICE. ONE PERSON. ONE HOUR.®" philosophy, as well as our commitment to transparency and the strength of our multiple partnerships. In addition to vehicles, we also brought jobs, event space, and revenue to our new home in rapidly-growing Douglas County.

October 2016 - Hello, Utah!

October 2016 - Hello, Utah!

On Monday, October 17, 2016, Schomp crossed state lines for the first time with Mercedes-Benz of Farmington. We introduced never-before-seen philosophies to the greater Salt Lake City's new- and used-vehicle marketplace. The reception has been so favorable that, within its first three months, Mercedes-Benz of Farmington was awarded the dubious distinction of "Utah's Highest-Rated Luxury Dealership" - a title we've been honored to retain consistently throughout our presence in our new home.

The Future - Endless Possibility

The Future - Endless Possibility

Schomp Automotive is a group that thrives on the edge of innovation. Never content with following the status quo, we're consistently pushing the envelope to create a better experience for our customers and employees. The future looks bright, and holds endless possibility for both physical and career growth. If you're looking for a defiantly-different place to further your career - whether sales, service, parts, corporate, or executive - we'd be honored to have the opportunity for you to call us "home."