Car-Mart hires Campbell to be president
Douglas Campbell possesses significant used-car experience at franchised stores as well as remarketing vehicles after they’ve been in a rental car fleet.
Now Campbell is about to embark on a professional chapter within another part of the used-vehicle market — the buy-here, pay-here space.
America’s Car-Mart announced on Monday that Campbell will serve as the company’s president effective on Oct. 3.
“Doug’s 25 years of marked successes in the automotive industry will bring new perspective to our ever-evolving work to better serve customers and communities,” Car-Mart chief executive officer Jeff Williams said in a news release. “In this current environment, outside perspective is invaluable to overcoming key challenges as we evolve our business as an integrated sales and finance company.
“We are delighted to add a leader of Doug’s caliber to our dedicated executive team, and we look forward to the impact that he will have on our efforts around product, capitalizing on significant market growth opportunities in the coming years,” Williams continued.
Car-Mart highlighted Campbell brings extensive industry and automotive experience, enhancing its executive team with his leadership skillset.
Campbell spent 15 years at Coral Springs Auto Mall, where he progressed quickly from finance manager to increasing leadership responsibilities, eventually serving as executive general manager over several franchised operations and the group’s pre-owned superstore in 2014.
Campbell then joined AutoNation as the used vehicle director for the Eastern region with responsibility for three markets and multiple dealerships in Florida, piloting innovative national programs for vehicle disposal and acquisition. He moved to a new territory as general manager of AutoNation Honda Dulles where his team was recognized as being among the top AutoNation Honda dealerships nationally for sales and service experience.
Most recently, Campbell has been with Avis Budget Group serving first as vice president of remarketing for the Americas, where he was responsible for the company’s wholesale and factory program disposals. He was charged with the strategic growth of their direct-to-consumer initiative where he opened multiple retail locations and developed an online direct sales platform. He and his team helped build a new business-to-business website for vehicle disposals.
In 2021, Campbell was promoted to head of fleet services for the Americas, with responsibility for both the company’s acquisition of new and used vehicles and its vehicle disposal strategy. Earlier this year, he was promoted to senior vice president and head of fleet services.
“I am honored to join the talented America’s Car-Mart leadership team as together we build on their more than four decades of achievements,” Campbell said. “Given all the change within automotive — from digitization to electrification — Car-Mart is uniquely positioned within the industry for growth within the communities they serve for years to come, regardless of the economic environment.
“Over the last 25 years, I have brought my passion for people and automotive to well-known brands, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to bring what I have learned to the Car-Mart team and their customers as we build for an exciting future,” he went on to say.
Editor's Note: A headline in the Auto Remarketing Today enewsletter incorrectly listed Cambpell's former employer as Hertz. The former employer was Avis Budget Group.