Bert Boeckmann - biography
Bert Boeckmann began his career selling automobiles at Galpin Ford in 1963, while a student at USC. His exceptional ability, business savvy and innovative spirit quickly brought advancement and by 1957, at age 26, he was general manager of the company. By 1964 he was President and CEO and by 1968 he was sole owner of Galpin Motors.
Boeckmann's leadership has brought Galpin Ford to the enviable position of #1 in the World in Ford Car and Truck Sales, cranking he has held for 20 consecutive years. Along with the Ford, the Galpin family of franchises is now comprised of Jaguar, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazada, Volvo. Honda. Subaru, Aston Martin, Lotus, and Spyker Cars. Boeckmann had the privilege of selling the very first Saturn built in the country. The newest Galpin innovation--Galpin auto Sports - opened in 2006.
Boeckmann has formed a strong and enduring organization based on service and integrity. Galpin Motors presently has well over 900 employees, many of whom have spent their entire careers working for Boeckmann.
Building an automotive empire from the ground up, Boeckmann stands as an authority on the current state of the retail automotive industry, its history and its likely future. He is widely recognized as the most honored and successful automobile dealer in America.
His stature within the automotive industry is evidenced by the numerous honors Boeckmann has received, including Time Magazine's National Quality Dealer and the Distinguished Service Citation from the National Automobile Dealers Association. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, where he stands alongside of the industry giants and was awarded the Presidential Citation for Private Sectors Initiative (the nations highest award for entrepreneurs) and the renowned Horatio Alger Award. He is now a Board member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.
Boeckmann has long contributed to his community, as demonstrated by his nearly 17 years as Police Commissioner of Los Angeles, donating hours of Volunteer time, business expertise, and philanthropic support, and setting the example of what may be achieved to make communities economically sound, environmentally cleaner and culturally enriched.
Boeckmann is a man who honors God and is a devoted and loving husband to Jane, his wife of 43 years. He cares deeply for his 5 children and their families. Two of his sons, Brad and Beau, are also forging their own successful paths in the automotive industry with leadership roles in the day to day management of Galpin Ford and it's growing family of dealerships.