Toyota Senior VP to Speak at Chamber Banquet Tuesday, October 19th
Make plans to come network with the Chamber as we recognize our outstanding board of directors and volunteers of the year, as well as highlight the activities from the 2009-2010 fiscal year at our Annual Banquet on October 19th. This year’s banquet will also feature a great program from Don Esmond, Senior Vice President, automotive opera- tions for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.
Esmond is responsible for all TMS automotive operations, including the Toyota Division, the Lexus Division, sales administration, Toyota Logis- tics Services, Toyota Motor Sales de Mexico and Toyota de Puerto Rico.
Esmond joined Toyota in 1982 and served as corporate fleet and truck manager, and national fleet manager. He became vice president of field sales for Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, in 1989. He later served as vice president of the large car sales team where he launched the new Camry. He held the position of group vice president of the Toyota Sales Division and most recently was senior vice president and general manager, Toyota Division.
Prior to joining Toyota, Esmond had a 12-year career with Ford Motor Company, where he held various field positions, including national ac- count executive, assistant and general field manager for the Seattle Lin- coln-Mercury District sales office, merchandising manager and zone manager at the Los Angeles District sales office.
Additionally, Esmond spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as captain, naval aviator and helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 45 Air Medals and a Purple Heart. In 1999, Esmond received the prestigious Semper Fidelis Award from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF). The Semper Fidelis Award is presented annually to an individual who has displayed “dedicated and inspirational civic and community leadership.” Esmond was later named as a director of the foundation, which raises money and awards college scholarships to the deserving sons and daughters of US Marines and the children of former Marines. In 2006, Esmond was appointed to serve on the Defense Advisory Board for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Make your reservations today for the Chamber Annual Banquet Tuesday, October 19 6pm – 7pm Social Hour 7pm Dinner & Program Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Ballroom th
Tickets are $25 per person for open seating or reserved tables of 8 can be purchased for $250 each.
RSVP to: Mary at 373-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, 10/13
Donald V. Esmond Senior Vice President Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Sponsored by: Street Toyota and Panhandle Restaurant Group