Born Aug. 21, 1930, in South Gate, Calif., Boeckmann didn’t initially plan to grow to be a automotive vendor. He attended the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in school and thought of serving as a army officer. He instructed Automotive News in 2013 that he joined Galpin Ford on the urging of a good friend and in the end wound up staying longer than his good friend.
He was promoted to common supervisor in 1957. He recalled placing in lengthy hours to enhance the dealership’s monetary place.
“Even here, at first, a week didn’t go by that I didn’t think of quitting,” he later instructed Automotive News. “In 1957, the store was losing money and it was out of trust. They made me manager and I insisted on doing things my way. I vowed to make it the most profitable Ford store in America, and we did. I worked every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.”
Boeckmann took possession of Galpin Ford in 1968 and led the group because it added franchises, together with promoting the primary Saturn car within the U.S. in 1990. He labored six days per week effectively into his 80s, even after his son, Beau, turned president and COO in 2014.
“My father started off having integrity and honesty in a business that really didn’t, and he was more concerned about taking care of his customers than he was himself,” Beau Boeckmann stated Monday. “He wasn’t about one deal. He was about taking care of somebody.”
Boeckmann initiated personalization and customization, dubbed “Galpinization” after the dealership group’s founder, Frank Galpin. That led to the creation of the customized store Galpin Auto Sports in 2006.
“If you really like people, and I genuinely do, you can keep the customers for generations,” Boeckmann, who was named an Automotive News All-Star in 2005, stated in 2009. “I’ve got them down to the fourth generation.”
Galpin Motors ranks No. 63 on Automotive News‘ record of the highest 150 dealership teams within the U.S., promoting 13,276 new automobiles and 6,779 used automobiles in 2022. The group has 12 franchises, Beau Boeckmann stated.
Boeckmann died two years to the day after his spouse, Jane, his household stated.