SARASOTA, Fla. – Leedom Group promoted Jerry “Butch” Moore to senior vice president of dealer operations. In his new role, which he assumed on Aug. 1, Moore oversees all of the Leedom Group’s buy-here, pay-here dealerships.

“Butch has been instrumental in the growth of our dealerships,” said Chris Leedom, president of the Leedom Group. “He has developed a great team of people in our AutoMaxx of Florida and AutoMaxx of Georgia stores. In this new role he will be our key executive responsible for all dealership operations and we look forward to continued growth.”

Moore joined the Leedom Group in 2000 and has served as a Twenty Group Moderator, a program designed to improve dealer profitability through education, training and a focus on dealership operations and efficiencies, as well as several other key roles. As senior vice president of dealer operations he will be responsible for five dealership locations in Florida and Georgia, selling more than 3,000 units per year.

He has more than 28 years experience in the independent automo¬bile business. Prior to joining the Leedom Group, he served 10 years as president of a large single-point independent dealership retailing more that 1,200 vehicles annually. From 1985 to 1990, he worked for the largest independent dealership in the United States, retailing more than 5,000 cars annually. His accounting and management background gives him the ability to analyze the operational information and relate the data to day-to-day operations.

“This is a fantastic opportunity,” Moore said. “There are many challenges in overseeing one of the largest buy-here, pay-here operations in the country, and I’m fired up by my appointment to this key Leedom Group position.”