- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2007

Kevin Reilly, owner and president of Alexandria Hyundai, lives by three key principles: be present; be truthful and be part of the solution. He learned these from his father, Donald Reilly, a successful auto dealer, and from his law studies and work experience as a management consultant.

As an attorney Mr. Reilly specialized in corporate, commercial and employment litigation, and his subsequent MBA in business prepared him for work as a strategy consultant in the automotive and telecommunications industries.

It was in the automobile industry that he sought a career.

“As with many dealers, my father introduced me to the wonderful world of automotive retailing. I got my start washing cars when I was 14 years old.

From there, I sold new Hyundai vehicles when I was 18 to help pay for college expenses at Georgetown University.

Over the past 20 years, I have worked with auto dealerships and auto manufacturers as an attorney, international strategy consultant (at Bain & Company), and various management positions within auto dealerships,” says Mr. Reilly.

Mr. Reilly notes that he has a genuine respect for the community and an appreciation for the opportunity to own and run a business.

This sense of respect has allowed him to lead Alexandria Hyundai to the top 10 percent in national sales while maintaining a No. 1 customer satisfaction rating in the region.

The dealership currently employs 35 persons.

“I am very fortunate to have a dealership in the Del Ray area of Alexandria. Del Ray is a very tight-knit community of individuals and businesses that care about each other and making Del Ray a better place. In a metro area of over 5 million people, it’s quite refreshing to work on a “main street” in Del Ray, where people stop and take time for each other,” says Mr. Reilly.

Mr. Reilly is particularly proud of his dealership’s involvement in charitable organizations in Alexandria. Among these are the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau, Arlandria Health Clinic, YMCA, St. Rita’s School, SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) and the many community events the local business association runs for the community (Halloween Parade, First Thursdays in the Summer, Turkey Trot Run, etc.).

“As a Hyundai dealer, I am proud of the millions of dollars Hyundai has raised to help fight pediatric cancer through its “Hope on Wheels” Campaign.

I have personally participated in these events with the brave children who fight and win against cancer every day. These children place their handprints on a Hyundai vehicle that travels to pediatric cancer centers across the United States creating a sense of community among these wonderful children.

I’m very proud of my community involvement here in Alexandria and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. An example of this community service is seen in my role as President of the Potomac West Business Association (a position I’ve held for the past 3 years) — whether it’s appearing before City Council, or making Cotton Candy for the kids on Art on the Avenue, the many and varied activities of this volunteer role are very rewarding,” notes Mr. Reilly.

Mr. Reilly enthusiastically participated in an interview for this article while awaiting the birth of his third daughter, who arrived Wednesday.

Hyundai Motor America and its dealers have contributed more $8 million to pediatric cancer research institutions across the country since 2001.

Mr. Reilly has participated in the check presentation and handprint ceremony at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University for several years now.

“I aminspired by the bravery and positive attitude of all these wonderful children,” says Mr. Reilly.

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