Vardis Proud To Support Sun Capital And Heartland Automotive Services In Appointing Larry Magee As President, CEO And John Wesley As COO
Larry and John joined Heartland in April, 2015. Prior to joining Heartland, Larry was President of Bridgestone’s North American Integrated-Consumer Tire Group and John served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Lubricants.
Larry started in the automotive industry as a part-time tire changer at a Firestone store while an undergraduate at the University of Houston. Upon graduation, he entered the management development program at Firestone and progressed through various assignments of increasing responsibility. In 1998 he was named President of US Retail Operations.
“Larry brings incredible industry experience to the Heartland team having spent 38 years with Bridgestone Americas, including 36 years in the retail tire and automotive company owned store side of the business,” said interim-CEO Robert Warshauer.
John Wesley joined Heartland in April, 2015. Prior to joining Heartland, John served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Lubricants, a major oil re-refiner with operations in the Mid-West down through Texas. Wesley has extensive quick oil industry experience from his 25 year tenure with Valvoline, including four years as President of Valvoline Instant Oil Change.
“John’s expertise in both the quick oil and waste oil sectors will be invaluable to Heartland as we continue to grow,” said Warshauer. John is a graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY and has completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard University.
The American quick lube industry provides more than 100 million oil changes every year from more than 10,000 standard locations. Within this industry, Heartland Automotive Services, dba Jiffy Lube, is the largest operator of quick lube retail service stores. Operating 540 Jiffy Lube locations from coast to coast and serving nearly 4 million guests each year with more than 5,000 professional teammates, Heartland strives to provide a great experience for every valued guest on every visit.
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in companies that can benefit from its in–house operating professionals and experience. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in more than 325 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $45 billion since Sun Capital’s inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as affiliates in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Shenzhen