Concord Cars’ Dave Jamesen may have initially learned how to win by pedaling a bike the right way, but today he’s winning by peddling used cars… the right way!
Dave Jamesen raced into his four-wheel career on two wheels. Today, he's still riding strong, and his race is far from over.
The continuity of his career history is on display at his four Concord Cars, Inc. dealerships – two in Elkhart and one in both Goshen and South Bend – where, on an average day, 500 used cars await their new owners.
At each dealership, Jamesen displays part of his collection of about 30 rare bicycles – Schwinn Krates and Swings – but the shiny red, yellow and green bikes are more than mere conversation pieces. They are a nod to his beginnings in a wildly successful career as a car dealer – a career he didn't initially seek, that he never saw coming, but which sneaked up on him through a childhood fascination with BMX bicycle racing.
His love affair with racing bicycles and in-born business abilities laid a solid foundation for the future and ultimately led him to be chosen as Quality Dealer of the Year by the Indiana Independent Automobile Dealers Association in 2013.
While racing successfully, he learned to work on his own bicycles and, by the age of 12, had developed a full-time business, buying rusting, idle bikes he would spot leaning up against sheds or against houses, with broken chains, missing pedals or flat tires, fixing them up and re-selling them at a profit.
When it comes to business and the buying and selling of moving vehicles, Jamesen, whether he knew it back then or not, was a natural.