Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM / November/December 2016 63 When Lisa Thompson says, “I love my job,” there’s no mistaking her sincerity or enthusiasm. It’s something she shares with her brother, Michael E. Vadasz, whose path to management took a different course. Like many college graduates at the time (and since), Michael’s trajectory into the working world wasn’t quite what he an- ticipated. Having earned his degree in inter- national business from Ithaca College, he hoped he would find employment in New York City, where most of his friends were settling. But it was not to be. As he puts it, “It was at the peak of the dot-com bubble, the best jobs were in technology, and I’m not a computer guy.” Having returned home but still traveling to New York for interviews, he happened to stop by the dealership one day and struck up a conversation with a visiting BMW representative who, after hearing Michael’s passion for cars, suggested he apply for a position at BMW of North America. The idea resonated, and after several in- terviews, he was hired as a marketing in- tern in BMW’s eastern regional office. “I was thrilled with the job,” Michael said recently, “but not long after, I was trans- ferred to the Western Region port facility in Oxnard, California. The move was un- planned – at least by me – unexpected, and very exciting. It was initially an interim ap- pointment, but I soon earned full-time sta- tus, and was subsequently promoted to a sales and marketing position based in San Diego. That truly was a dream job, allow- ing me to call on dealers throughout the Sunbelt.” BMW decision-makers recognized Mi- chael’s talent and transferred him to At- lanta, Georgia, where he became Sales Op- erations Manager. “With only 340 BMW dealerships in the country, nearly everyone at the executive level knew I was the son of a dealer. As I advanced up the ladder, they worried about a conflict of interest. They were concerned that after investing so much in me, I would eventually join my dad here at Otto’s, whose teasing response was always, ‘What if I don’t want him?’ “The truth was, we realized the promi- nence of our dealership nationally would hinder my career at BMW, so 12 years ago, after some serious discussions within the family, I accepted a position here as man- ager of QMS – Quality Management Sys- tem – and subsequently, was named Gen- eral Sales Manager. At the time, our MINI dealership was here in West Chester, so I oversaw its sales operation as well. When MINI relocated to Exton, I moved with it as General Manager.” And that brings the story of Otto’s BMW up to date – except for the major construc- tion and renovations still under way at its West Chester headquarters. The May/June issue of Chester County Life took a close look at the 20,000-square-foot expansion, by far the most comprehensive reorganiza- tion in the company’s 48-year history, and we recently got an on-site update from the dealer principal. With his extensive engineering back- ground, it’s not at all surprising Michael G. Vadasz would bring those skills to bear on this sprawling project, and it was entirely fitting to see him in a hard hat and safety vest as he inspected the construction site and detailed the progress made. As was announced in September on its website, Otto’s expanded Service Center Auto • Homes • Vacation Homes • Boat Art, Jewelry, and Antique Collections Equine • Business Liability • Cyber Liability Those who require more, choose MAGIS Insurance Group for insurance and risk management consultation. need a review of your insurance program? Consult Rick Davis to review your insurance program at rdavis@magisinsurance.com 531 E. 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