Community Announcement: 4/27/23
Zeigler Cadillac of Lincolnwood
7373 N. Cicero Avenue
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712
Zeigler Buick/GMC of Lincolnwood
6900 N. McCormick Boulevard.
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712
Lincolnwood, Illinois – April 27th, 2023 — ZEIGLER AUTOMOTIVE GROUP has named MR. MATHEW DOUVIKAS its General Manager of ZEIGLER CADILLAC of LINCOLNWOOD and ZEIGLER BUICK/GMC of LINCOLNWOOD.
Mathew Douvikas Named General Manager of Three Zeigler Automotive Dealerships
Racine, Wisconsin – Zeigler Automotive Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mathew Douvikas as General Manager of three of its dealerships: Zeigler Honda of Racine, Buick GMC of Lincolnwood, and Cadillac of Lincolnwood.
With over 24 years of experience in the automotive industry, Mr. Douvikas brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role. He has a proven track record of success in dealership operations, sales, and customer service, and has a passion for delivering exceptional results.
In his new role, Douvikas will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the three dealerships, managing the sales and service teams, and ensuring that customers receive the highest level of satisfaction.
“My enthusiasm for leading and building a strong foundation for success under the Ziegler name contributes to not only the success of our employees but establishes a commitment to our customers, providing them with the best possible experience.” says Douvikas.
Aaron Zeigler, President & CEO of Zeigler Auto Group, expressed his excitement about Douvikas joining the team. “Mathew brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to our organization. We are confident that his leadership and expertise will help take our dealerships to the next level.”
Zeigler Auto Group is one of the largest and most successful automotive dealership groups in the country, with over 35 store locations representing a variety of automotive brands. The group has built its success on a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service, quality products, and a dedication to the communities it serves.
For more information on Zeigler Auto Group, please visit www.zeigler.com.
About ZEIGLER CADILLAC & BUICK/GMC of LINCOLNWOOD and General Manager Matt Douvikas
Mathew Douvikas LINKEDIN quote, on his Specialties: “I make it happen. Where there’s a will there’s a way.”
About ZEIGLER HONDA of RACINE and General Manager Matt Douvikas-
Zeigler Honda of Racine is currently and has been the #1 store among all ZEIGLER STORES under the leadership of General Manager, Matt Douvikas, seeks to aggressively develop and launch new programs, to strengthen the partnership and enhance existing area attractions and/or events. Zeigler Honda of Racine seeks to create a more than “just another car dealership” image in its implementation of ORIGINAL CREATIONS as annual signature events such as:
- ZEIGLER’S “GREAT PUMPKIN CHALLENGE” & “TRUNK or TREAT” “FALL FEST/CAR SHOW” – month long series of OCTOBER events!
- “PROCRASTINATOR’S BALL” concert/fundraising/customer appreciation & community event @ ROUTE 20 (rte20.com)
- “BOURBON’N WHISKEY / SHAMROCK SHAKER” concert/fundraising/customer appreciation & community event @ ROUTE 20 (rte20.com)
Zeigler Honda of Racine’s agenda and goals are simply intended to pave the way toward fostering and driving a thriving and vibrant Racine area community.
In August of 2018, Mr. Matt Douvikas took over as Racine Honda’s General Manager that has since been rebranded as Zeigler Honda of Racine after being purchased in July of 2021 by Zeigler Automotive Group. Matt and the Zeigler Honda of Racine team have initiated and implemented numerous action steps, with specific intentions and designs toward driving their agenda of launching and cementing a stronger grassroots presence. The Zeigler team is instituting their very own pay it forward movement.
Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately-owned dealer groups in the U.S. with 78 automotive franchises across 35 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
For A Great Experience – Past, Present & Future
Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately-owned dealer groups in the U.S. with 78 franchises across 35 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Vehicle brands represented include Toyota, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Fiat, Honda, Ram, Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Nissan, Infiniti, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, MINI, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Sprinter, Jaguar, and Land Rover.
Besides its extensive automotive portfolio, the organization owns and operates Zeigler Motorsports, an 85,000-square-foot motorsports dealership and action park, offering 19 different powersports brands, plus its own onsite restaurant: Trak Houz Bar & Grill. Additionally, Zeigler Motorsports houses the Elevate Leadership & Team Building Academy, an executive training company.
The Kalamazoo-based dealer group also owns and operates Zeigler Pre-Owned of Chicago, a Carquest Auto Parts store, three Byrider franchises, three finance companies, several insurance firms, and a leasing firm.
Founded in 1975, the organization employs over 2,300 people with annual sales of $1.7 billion, ranking among the top 1% of automotive dealers in the nation. The family-owned and operated company is well known for its commitment to both customer service and employee satisfaction. Zeigler is regularly recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation, also earning similar accolades in Chicago and Michigan.
…. more on ZEIGLER AUTO GROUP HISTORY = https://www.zeigler.com/zeigler-auto-group-history.htm
About personal life, THE BACKGROUND & BIO of Matt Douvikas-
BORN – 5/5/73
PLACE of BIRTH – SKOKIE, ILLINOIS
THOMAS DOUVIKAS – FAMILY OF 6
MOTHER – GEORGIA
FATHER – THOMAS
BROTHER – GEORGE (eldest)
BROTHER – KOSTA
BROTHER – KYRIAKO
Mathew grew up as a child in Skokie, Illinois and went on to attend:
- Madison Elementary School – 5100 Madison St, Skokie, IL
- Edison Elementary School – Skokie and Morton Grove School Dist 69 8200 Gross Point Rd
- Lincoln Junior High School – 7839 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL
- Niles West High School (graduate) 5701 W Oakton St, Skokie, IL
Mathew first began his business background with his first job being in his Father Thomas’s store – D&D FINER FOODS 825 Noyes St, Evanston, IL 60201 – www.ddfinerfoods.com – opened when Matt was born, and for a job, Matt is quoted to say his job was “ANYTHING HIS FATHER WANTED HIM TO DO, THAT TAUGHT HIM WHAT WORK WAS ALL ABOUT” …
MATHEW was highly influenced by his father in his youth, and also particularly, greatly influenced by his Uncle Christ Panos – Founder of CHRIST PANOS FOODS – www.panosfoods.com. Both men impacted MATT’s life massively!
MATT DOUVIKAS, married 22 years, father of 4 children – his current immediate family of 6 consists of:
- MATHEW DOUVIKAS – HUSBAND/FATHER
- JULIE DOUVIKAS – WIFE/MOTHER
- THANOS – SON – 21
- GEORGIA – DAUGHTER – 20
- ANASTASIA – DAUGHTER – 16
- BOBBY D – SON – 15
Matt’s first business venture as an owner/executive began with his restaurant MATT NEVADA’S home of the ITALIAN BEEF. Matt sold his recipe and stake in the restaurant at the age of 28, and went to work in his first auto industry job with LYNCH USED CARS.
Mathew Douvikas continued to excel as he rose through the auto industry ranks, advancing on his way from one store to the next. From LYNCH USED CARS Mathew went on to become…
- Used Car Manager of Grossinger Toyota
- GSM Grossinger Chevrolet
- GM Ray Chevrolet (Fox Lake)
- GSM & GM Gary Lang Chevy/Cadillac, etc…
- GM Racine honda
About personal life, some quotes, AND GETTING TO KNOW Mr. Matt Douvikas the guy…
- In life = “Treat people, how you want to be treated.”
- In business = “Rule #1 the customer is always right, Rule #2 if you think the customer is wrong, go back to rule #1.”
Mathew’s strategy to achieve his various goals: “Train people to be hospitable.”
Matt’s personal likes, hobbies and interests outside of FAMILY & BUSINESS are:
- A good cigar
- A fine bourbon
- Going to the gym and working out
- Eating at fine restaurants
- Being charitable and invested in COMMUNITY!
Ladies & Gentlemen – we proudly present to you, MR. MATHEW DOUVIKAS – GENERAL MANAGER – ZEIGLER CADILLAC, BUICK/GMC of LINCOLNWOOD & ZEIGLER HONDA of RACINE
For PRESS INQUIRIES or more information, please call:
Zeigler Cadillac and Buick/GMC of Lincolnwood
Daniel LaBelle A.P.E.
(Advertising, Promotions, Endorsements) Manager
Address: 7373 N Cicero Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Office: (847) 649-6464
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