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Community, Caring and Cars

By Sienna and Floyd Miller



I had an opportunity to meet the type of person that we like to write about at the West Texas Tribune. His name is Mike Dunnahoo, Owner of Star Dodge Hyundai Chrysler Jeep.Mr. Dunnahoo is an ideal person because he cares about people and the Abilene Community. Mr. Dunnahoo has been in the Abilene Community for almost 12 years. He has served as the Chairman of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Industrial Foundation Board, which is a part of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce.Mr. Dunnahoo was very passionate when he talked about his family, the children of our community and his employees. He is very proud of the fact that he’s been married to his wife Pat for 40 years.{{more}}When you ask him why he’s so passionate about the children of the community, he will say it’s because he believes in them and wants to help. He served on a steering committee with AISD when Dr. Polnick was the Superintendent. “I don’t have a “dog” in the fight. I have no children or grandchildren in AISD. I serve because I believe in the children,” said Mr. Dunnahoo.We asked him what was his dealerships greatest asset? Without a bit of hesitation he said it was his employees. He has certainly put his money where his mouth is with that statement. As we all know this has been a tough economic time. However, Mr. Dunnahoo has not laid off any employees or cut their benefits. I asked him how he has maintained a staff of 60. He related that it has not always been easy but he believes that it’s the right thing to do.We asked him what makes a person successful in business. He said it’s treating people right. “Just use everyday common sense.” Dunnahoo.We concluded the interview by asking Mr. Dunnahoo why people should do business with him. He said it’s his people; they are well trained, knowledgeable, and friendly.We didn’t ask him how he selected the name for his dealership, however, I think it’s appropriate. You will certainly feel like a Star when you are around Mr. Dunnahoo and his staff.

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