Gary Housley, a Broken Arrow Oklahoma native, attended Tulsa Junior College. His automotive career started in 1977 at Bradley Chevrolet (which later became Chalmers Chevrolet) in the Parts Department. He served in several manager positions prior to becoming General Sales Manager in 1994. In 1995, Gary became General Manager of South Pointe Chevrolet.
In 1999, Gary left his home state of Oklahoma to follow Don Chalmers to New Mexico and became General Manager of Don Chalmers Ford in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
In 2005, under Gary’s leadership, Don Chalmers Ford became the first domestic automotive dealership in the nation to earn their state’s top Baldrige based quality award (The Zia Award). The dealership continued their pursuit of excellence by applying for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, receiving site visits in 2008, 2012, and 2016. In 2016, the dealership was honored to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Don Chalmers Ford has earned the prestigious Ford Motor Company President’s Award fourteen times in its twenty-year existence for their outstanding customer satisfaction, customer loyalty and market share.
In 2014, Gary took over ownership of Don Chalmers Ford. He has diversified the products and service offerings, including a transparent sales process and an Allstate Insurance agency within the dealership walls to provide organizational sustainability. This diversification also includes an emergency vehicle up-fitting company, MHQ, with locations in the Albuquerque and Phoenix area.
Gary volunteers his time in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho communities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sandoval Economic Alliance; Vice President of the Albuquerque New Car and Truck Association and Treasurer of the New Mexico Auto Dealers Association and Advisor on legislative matters. He served on the Board of Directions from 2009-2014 on the now former Rio Rancho Economic Alliance. He served from 2013-2016 on the Board of Director for Quality New Mexico as well as a Quality New Mexico Examiner. He is a current member of the NADA DEAC President’s circle.
Gary is married to his high school sweetheart, Debi. They have two adult children and three beautiful granddaughters. Gary enjoys spending his time with his family as well as fishing and a good cigar.