Sewell Automotive, a group of 16 Texas dealerships, takes great pride in creating “Customers for Life.” The company carefully cultivates a culture marked by excellence, integrity, loyalty, leadership, respect, and selfless service–beliefs that are common with the Aggie Core Values.
That shared foundation has led Sewell to increasingly deepen the company’s involvement in Mays Business School over a 30-year period. “We’re fortunate to have built such a great partnership with Sewell Automotive,” said Eli Jones, Ph.D. ’82, Dean of Mays Business School. “They have been an integral part of our work over three decades through graciously sharing their resources. They also know the value that our students offer as employees, so they actively recruit from Mays. That’s why it is such a great honor to announce Sewell’s selection as Mays 2020 Partner of the Year.”
Our partnership began in 1990 when Leonard L. Berry, Ph.D. (University Distinguished Professor of Marketing), invited Carl Sewell – the company’s owner and a third-generation automotive dealer – to join the Marketing Council at Mays. “We began to understand more about the retail business and the value of Texas Aggies as individual people and associates,” Sewell said.
Now Sewell representatives are regular guest speakers in Mays classes, serve on advisory boards, and mentor numerous Aggies working on company internships. In 2015, Sewell also generously funded the Sewell Scholars Program that offers financial support and opportunities to outstanding Mays students interested in pursuing a sales career.
Throughout the 30-year partnership, Sewell Automotive has hired a total of 850 Aggies and currently employs 250 Texas A&M graduates. Approximately one in five of Sewell’s sales, finance, and service management associates and nearly one-third of the company’s store managers are Aggies.
“Aggies are real-world, and they don’t mind working,” the long-time owner said. “You want to keep coming back to Texas A&M because of the quality of the students, who are wonderful, hardworking, and honorable. They give you so much hope for the future. If the Aggies are in charge, the world is going to be a better place.”