Professional of the Year - Automotive Sales and Management

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Monte Johnston

Industry: Automotive
Born: December 14, 1969, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Current Organization: AAF
Type of Organization: Automotive dealership
Major Product: Automotive sales and service
Area of Distribution: Arkansas
Expertise: Finance, credit repair, loan financing
University/Degree: B.A., magna cum laude, Finance, University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business; Interned with Stephen's Inc. Investment Bankers in Little Rock, Arkansas
Title: Owner
Work History: After his internship with Stephens Inc., he pursued his desire to build and lead his own business. He began by operating a temporary employment agency in Fort Smith, Arkansas A&C Services. This was followed by a partnership to launch an international food brokerage company, Alliance International in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In 1997, he established Automatic Auto Finance (AAF). In addition, he is heavily involved in the residential construction business in Northwest Arkansas. He and his business partner have owned and operated Signature Builders, Inc. for more than a decade. They develop land and construct an average of 50 homes a year. His newest challenge is the Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Industry. He is in the process of partnering with Green Leaf, LLC to form Green Leaf Alternatives, LLC in Hawaii (one of only eight licenses to be awarded in 2016). His objective is to legally provide our Wounded Warriors with an alternative to the medications that are currently available. The intent is to provide pain medications that do not create addictions that only prolong and increase the physiological scars to the physical and mental ones they already experience. He feels strongly and is deeply committed to this generational opportunity.
Honors & Awards: Received recognition as the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business' Outstanding Student in Finance in 1992; Named Professional of the Year 2015 in Automotive Sales and Management by Strathmore's Who's Who; Global Network for Outstanding Professionals; Honored as one of the leading business professionals under the age of 40 in Northwest Arkansas
Published Works: Has appeared regularly as panelist and speaker with the National Alliance of Buy Here Pay Here Dealers
Career Accomplishments: He has demonstrated that leadership and know-how can run in families. His family has been connected to the farming community in Arkansas his entire life. Following in the skilled footsteps of his heritage, up to the former chief financial officer for Tyson Foods, Inc. (Chicago Origin), he has thrived in the business start-up world and developed an impressive portfolio. Automatic Auto Finance (AAF) based in Springdale, Arkansas has multi-location dealerships and offers customers with credit challenges the opportunity to purchase and finance reliable vehicles on site. The company's sales model paired with a solid related finance company (Jorja Trading, Inc.) which has been in operation since 1997 and is continuing its success.
Hobbies & Sports: Personal training
Email: monte@aafcredit.com