Mr. David W. Hult serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and member of the board of directors. Mr. Hult joined Asbury as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in November 2014. He is responsible for Asbury’s overall strategy and resources. David also is the senior liaison to Asbury’s board, investors and manufacturing relationships. In his role as CEO, he will remain hands-on working with operations leadership in developing strategic policies and programs to drive profitable stable-growth across the company. After serving our country in the US Army, David started his career as a retail sales associate and his success led to rapid advances within the industry. He has been an operator at the General Manager level as well as the regional level for a number of large dealership groups. In addition to his most recent position as Chief Operating Officer at RLJ McLarty Landers, David has extensive experience in multiple aspects of the industry including fixed operations, marketing and all levels of variable operations. His experience includes time with both large private organizations as well as a number of years with public automotive retail companies including Group 1 Automotive and Penske Automotive Group.
Dan Clara serves as Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Clara joined Asbury in July 2002 as a Client Advisor in the Management in Training program at Crown BMW. In his 18 years at Asbury, Mr. Clara has had a long career in multiple leadership roles as sales advisor, F&I manager, new car manager, used car manager, general sales manager, general manager, market director and VP of Market Operations. He is responsible for developing and implementing programs for operational excellence to support Asbury’s business strategy, and he leads initiatives to drive profitable returns through increased sales and service while delivering exceptional guest experiences. Mr. Clara received his bachelor’s degree in International Business from Northwood University and found his passion for the automotive industry while launching a student-run auto show.
Michael Welch serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Welch joined Asbury in August 2021 after holding the position of Vice President and Corporate Controller at Group 1 Automotive, Inc. “GPI” since June 2019. From June 2000 until June 2019, Mr. Welch held various other positions with GPI of increasing responsibility, where he gained extensive experience in treasury, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis and internal audit. Mr. Welch began his career at Price Waterhouse. Mr. Welch received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Oklahoma Baptist University, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Mr. George A. Villasana serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Villasana joined Asbury in April 2012 after holding the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Swisher Hygiene Inc. (NASDAQ: SWSH). Prior to joining Swisher, Mr. Villasana served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Pet DRx Corporation (NASDAQ: VETS), which he helped take public and later sold to VCA Antech, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOOF). Previously, he served as Senior Corporate Counsel at AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), the nation's largest automotive retailer, for seven years where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting, corporate governance and franchise law matters for the company. Earlier in his career, he was a corporate attorney with Holland & Knight, LLP and Shutts & Bowen, LLP in Miami, Florida, and he began his career as a staff attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Mr. Villasana holds a LL.M. (Tax) from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, a Master of Accounting from Florida International University and a B.S. in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Jed M. Milstein serves as our Chief Human Resources Officer. Mr. Milstein joined Asbury in July 2016 from Americold where he was Chief Human Resources Officer. His HR experience includes specialist, generalist and shared services roles in public and private companies spanning the retail, third party logistics, data services, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Earlier in his career, Mr. Milstein served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey prior to joining the labor and employment law practice at Carpenter, Bennett and Morrissey in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Milstein holds a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BBA from the University of Michigan.