THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Joe Jacoby‘s name is familiar with every football fan. His time as an offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1993 was marked by four National Football Conference championships, three Super Bowl rings and four consecutive Pro Bowl selections. He was a founding member of the Redskins’ famous “Hogs” offensive line, with the group earning the distinction of being one of the best front-fives in NFL history.
But he always did something unrelated to football in each off-season. Early on, he harbored a desire to be in business and pursued various interests to find one that was both rewarding and challenging. He was taking a real estate course in 1989 while recuperating from a knee injury when Rick Hunt, a successful Ford dealer, gave him an opportunity to work at the dealership.
Mr. Jacoby enjoyed doing various jobs at the dealership and quickly found himself captivated by the car business. He formed a business partnership with Mr. Hunt in 1992, taking over a Chrysler/Jeep dealership in Warrenton, Va., at the intersection of Routes 29 and 211. When he retired from the Redskins, Mr. Jacoby went to the National Automobile Dealers Association management academy. In October 1993, Joe Jacoby Chrysler/Jeep opened at the Warrenton location.
Mr. Jacoby acquired a Dodge franchise just two months ago, adding the brand to his newly built Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership on Route 29 entering Warrenton. The facility was finished in October 2006 and is more than 30,000 square feet. The service facility has 21 lifts, and Mr. Jacoby said the old store, which is still in use at Routes 29 and 211, can fit easily into the new one.
Mr. Jacoby loves the car business. “I learn something new every day and love to come in to work,” he says. “I’m very excited with what’s going on with the Chrysler Corporation now that it has been acquired by Cerberus. The new ownership situation is very promising.”
Mr. Jacoby immerses himself thoroughly into the business. He buys all the used cars, except those traded in, at auctions.
Mr. Jacoby has a staff of 38 at his new facility and 12 in the older one. He is proud of his customer loyalty, noting that one of them purchased eight vehicles in the past year. “People who bought family vehicles 14 years ago now bring their grown children in to buy vehicles. That’s very rewarding to me.”