Since the 1960s, we've always had a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our customers' needs.
The Tipton family has a rich history in Nacogdoches. James Tipton moved to Nacogdoches with his family when he was 13 years old. He graduated from the Nacogdoches Demonstration School in 1938 and received his B.S. in Business Administration from SFA in 1942.
Upon graduating, Tipton became a Marine and rose to the rank of captain. He was discharged in 1946 and later went to work for Standard Finance, where he was transferred to Beaumont and started working for Dahl Motor Company. In 1956, he purchased an Edsel dealership in Orange, TX, but the business failed and a year later he was looking for another dealership to purchase. He had contacts in Nacogdoches who informed him that Mrs. Milton Gray was selling her husband's Ford dealership on West Main, and a deal was struck in the spring of 1959. In the 1960s, he bought Greater Lufkin Ford.
Tipton brought a creative, but aggressive advertising approach to Nacogdoches. He encouraged test drives on hot summer days by giving away half gallons of ice cream so you wouldn't stop at another dealership on your way home.
After Tipton's son graduated college, he became the general manager of the Lufkin store, and later was managing the Nacogdoches dealership. When he passes, his wife, Margie ran the dealership for several years.
In 1994, SFA graduate Neal Slaten began working at the dealership as a salesperson. In 2007, he bought the dealership from Margie Tipton and became the owner and Dealer Principal.