The University Lethbridge has honoured a southern Alberta businessman with close ties to Fort Macleod.
The university’s Faculty of Management honoured John Davis on Thursday at its 27th annual management scholarship fund-raising dinner at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel.
The John Davis Scholarship will be awarded annually to students in the Faculty of Management.
Davis embraced a career in the automotive industry, following in the footsteps of his father, John Sr., the one-time owner of Scougall Motors in Fort Macleod.
The group now employs nearly 500 people and has been recognized as one of the 2014 Best Employers in Canada.
After marrying his wife Barbara in 1968 and starting a family, John Jr. moved home to Fort Macleod in 1975 to take over management of the Scougall dealership.
In 1989, Davis bought the former Enerson Motors and moved his family to Lethbridge.
The renamed Davis dealership enjoyed success and, in 1999, John and his team were able to expand to the newly constructed and much larger location on Crowsnest Trail.
Over the years, Davis business holdings have expanded to numerous auto dealerships throughout the province including Lethbridge, Fort MacLeod and Medicine Hat.
Recently, the Davis Automotive Group celebrated 40 years of growth and innovation in the auto industry.
Davis has shared his success by supporting numerous local charities and organizations, particularly in the area of amateur sports.
Davis has contributed to University of Lethbridge athletic programs and Faculty of Management academic scholarships.
John and Barbara’s three sons — Tim, Mike and Luke — have carried on the Davis auto legacy, operating the Davis stores in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.
This has allowed John Davis to spend more time doing some of the other things he loves, including fishing, puttering on his farm near Coalhurst, attending sporting events and spending winters with Barb and friends in Arizona.
Davis said the key to his success has been loving his work and surrounding himself with talented people who shared his goals.
In addition to his good fortune in business, Davis said he is most grateful for “family, friends, sunsets, good books . . . it’s a long list. If I continue to receive more of the same I will be a lucky man.”