John A. Perez
Chairman and CEO
John Perez is a visionary leader with broad-based automotive experience. He is resourceful and innovative, always searching out new ways to improve operations and elevate best-practices.
Born in Cuba, at the age of 11, he was exiled alone to the U.S. to avoid communism. After attending middle and high school in Brunswick, Georgia, Perez earned a business degree from the University of Georgia. After a short period teaching school at Charlotte Hall Military Academy, he began his automotive career, selling cars at Koons Ford in Washington D.C.
In 1980, Perez became the youngest Dodge Dealer in the US at age 31, and within a short period the dealership became the highest volume Dodge dealership in the Southeast. In 1985, Perez purchased another under-performing Chrysler dealership in Atlanta and within 6 months it became the largest volume Chrysler dealership in the Southeast.
In 1998, Perez became the CEO of Global Vehicles, which built sports utility vehicles and trucks powered by Ford in its main plant in Romania. The plant employed over 2,000 union workers plus supporting staff. The company had a distribution network of over 2,000 dealers in Europe, South America and the Caribbean, with additional assembly plants in Brazil and Spain.
Perez is the CEO and Founder of CB Auto Group, Inc.
A native of Miami, Florida, Carlos is a distinctive leader with a broad range of real estate and financial experience.
Along with his family, Carlos started Garcia Holdings, a management company established for the purpose of managing the vast portfolio he and his family now own. In his 24 years of operating, Carlos has experienced much success in not only real estate, but in the medical field as well. During this time, he negotiated the purchase of four medical centers: Sanar Clinical Rehab Center, Dade Medical ands Diagnostics, Medex Rehabilitation Center, Tracker Diagnostics Solutions) in Miami and Hialeah and brought sales from an average of $1M up to an astonishing $4M annually.
In 1999, Carlos merged his medical centers into one, naming it Miami Dade Health and Rehab and in 2006, sold it to Continucare for a considerable profit. At the conclusion of a 5 year non-compete agreement with Continucare, Carlos and his family anxiously embarked upon a new venture and opened IMC Health in Miami, Hialeah and South West. Beginning with only three medical centers, two medical vans and one lead doctor and providing medical services to one HMO the Company boasted growth of over 600 employees, 45 full time doctors, 17 medical centers, over 65 medical transportation vans and provided medical services to 12 HMOs .
Carlos is the proud father of three children and a Golden Retriever, Ace.
CEO, Gephardt Group
Richard A. Gephardt is President and CEO of Gephardt Group. Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years in the United States House of Representatives from 1976 to 2004, representing Missouri's 3rd Congressional District, home to his birthplace St. Louis. In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Congressional District, home to his birthplace St. Louis. In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic Party's platform and chief architect to landmark reforms ranging from healthcare, pensions, education, energy independence and trade policy.
He was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 14 years, as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and Minority Leader from 1995 to
2003. Mr. Gephardt ran as a Democratic candidate for U.S. President twice, in 1988 and 2004.
Mr. Gephardt retired from the U.S. Congress in 2005 to found Gephardt Group, a privately held labor relations consulting and government affairs firm. He serves on the board of Spirit Aerosystems and Centene Corporation and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Scripps Research Institute, a private, non-profit research organization engaged in biomedical science. Most recently, Mr. Gephardt was a member of the Board of Directors at Ford Motor Company, CenturyLink and U.S. Steel Corporation. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the Founder of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis.
Widely known for his advocacy for international human rights, Mr. Gephardt served as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit organization that endeavors to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts, from 2009 to 2013.
Mr. Gephardt earned his bachelor of science from Northwestern University in 1962 and his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965.
Retired Auto Dealer
Brac Greer has been in the automotive business for over 45 years. After graduating from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1962, Brac went to work with Ford Motor Company in the Atlanta regional sales office. Brac completed a 2-year tour with the US Army in Vietnam as an
After his service in the Army, Brac returned to the automotive business with Friendly Ford in Decatur, GA. This position jumpstarted his career on the retail end of the car business. Brac worked to climb the ladder in his field taking positions as a Salesman, Sales Manager, Service Manager, and eventually General Manager.
Brac owned a Ford dealership in Thomaston for several years before he sold it to return to Atlanta. From there he would spend the next 10 years managing several successful Ford dealerships in Atlanta and owned his own pre-owned dealership, Cobb Automotive Center.
Brac began consulting for Ford Motor Company for several years throughout the southeast. However, he missed the action of owning a dealership. Therefore, he jumped at the opportunity to purchase a Lincoln/Dodge store in Panama City, FL. From there he would build a company after forming 2 meaningful partnerships that led to him becoming the owner of Panhandle Automotive. His company managed 4 very successful dealerships between Florida and Georgia.
Brac, along with his partner Leon Daggs, decided to sell their interest in the Florida stores and took full control of their Ford store located in Albany, GA. Brac decided to sell the store in 2007 after it became extremely profitable and exceeded sales targets. Brac would later retire from the automotive business that same year.
Retired Union President
A native of North Carolina, Richard worked with the Owens-Illinois Glass Company as a Mold Maker for twenty-one years. During some of that time he served as President of the American Flint Glass Workers Union Local 42. He also was President of the Durham, NC AFL-CIO Labor Council.
Richard moved to Georgia in 1977. He served as President of the American Flint Glass Workers Local Union 6 and as Executive Board Member of the American Flint Glass Workers International Union. From 1983 - 1990 he was President of the Atlanta GA AFL-CIO Labor Council. Mr. Ray served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia State AFL-CIO from l990 – 1999 and then in 1999 was elected President of the Georgia State AFL-CIO where he served until November 2011. He was awarded the honor of President Emeritus of the Georgia AFL-CIO upon retirement.
From Georgia, Richard is presently a member of the Democratic National Committee, Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Board, the Advisory Council of Labor Studies Program at Georgia State University and the Kid’s Chance Board of Directors.
The AFL-CIO Labor Awards Committee has recently announced that Richard A. Ray is the recipient of the Herbert H. Mabry Distinguished Labor Leader of the Year for 2017.
Union Relations Director / Advisor
Matthew Gephardt is Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of Gephardt Group. In this capacity, Mr. Gephardt has led numerous labor relations engagements including Freeman, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Aerosystems, Allison Transmission, US Foodservice, YRCW, Constellium and CenturyLink.
Prior to Gephardt Group, Mr. Gephardt was Vice-President of Professional Services at RedPrairie Software and founded AIM Technologies Inc., an information management technology company. He also worked as a Senior Advisor on the Gephardt for President 2004 campaign, where he was involved in public speaking, fundraising, public policy and media relations.
Mr. Gephardt has a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.
Union Relations Director / Advisor
Ricardo Gonzalo has facilitated numerous labor relations engagements including Freeman, General Electric, KKR, Constellium, Hostess Brands, US Foodservice, YRCW, Constellium and CenturyLink.
Mr. Gonzalo joined The Gephardt Group from RedPrairie Software where he was responsible for managing the Professional Services practice. He began his career in manufacturing at Kraft Foods and was later in operations and program management at The Coca-Cola Company.
Mr. Gonzalo holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.