General Motors Institute, Now Kettering University

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Kettering University
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Prior to beginning a professional career in automotive sales, Bill Schwyhart attended the Chrysler Corporation Sales and Training program in Detroit, Michigan, in 1979, where he studied Automotive Retail Management. In 1983, Bill Schwyhart also attended General Motors Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where he studied Automobile Dealership Management.

Originally known as General Motors Institute, the school changed its name to Kettering University in 1998 and began offering a wider range of educational degrees, including graduate programs. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Kettering University as 13th in the nation for its engineering program among non-PhD-granting programs, and 7th for its mechanical engineering program.

Kettering University is named for industrialist and inventor Charles Kettering (1876 – 1958), who was instrumental in the promotion of professional cooperative education. The school has attracted students who have gone on to be top producers in their respective fields, and continues to produce industry leaders around the world. The university strives to be a world-class leader in technological innovation.

Bill Schwyhart’s 1998 Acquisition of Pinnacle Point in Arkansas

Bill Schwyhart
Bill Schwyhart

Bill Schwyhart is a respected executive in the Arkansas entrepreneurial community and guides Pinnacle Hills as its founder and owner. He has overseen a number of high profile projects including the creation of Pinnacle Hills Promenade, and has also served as Finance Committee chairman with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority. Bill Schwyhart’s career was featured in a 2001 edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.

As described in the article, Mr. Schwyhart’s life profoundly changed in September, 1998, when he got married and the next day leveraged two decades of success in the car dealership industry in inking his largest transaction ever.

The $5 million real estate acquisition was of Pinnacle Point in Rogers, Arkansas, and was the beginning of what turned into a $1 billion project spanning 600 acres of land just off Interstate 49. The purchase resulted in the development of retail shopping centers that have driven commercial growth throughout the four-state region.

Volkswagen World’s Top Auto Manufacturer for 2016

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Volkswagen
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The founder and co-owner of development firm Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Arkansas, Bill Schwyhart also had a successful career as an auto dealer. Through Hart Motor Co., Bill Schwyhart sold a number of vehicle brands including Volkswagen.

The German automaker Volkswagen grabbed the top spot as the world’s largest automobile manufacturer for 2016. While the first position had belonged to Toyota Motors for a number of years, Volkswagen produced 10,312,400 vehicles from January to December 2016, beating Toyota’s 10,213,486. The German automaker improved by 3.8 percent over its 2015 production output of 9,930,500 vehicles, despite the serious legal problems it faced over falsifying diesel engine emission figures.

Sales performance in the United States were very impressive, with Volkswagen of America, Inc., reporting 37,229 units delivered in December 2016, a 20.3 percent increase over December 2015 sales. Aside from the Volkswagen brand, the car company’s other global brands include Porsche and Audi.

The Rogers-Lowell Chamber’s Engagement with Community Events

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Rogers-Lowell Chamber
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Bill Schwyhart is a business developer and executive who started Marshfield Chrysler Dodge in Missouri. In addition, Bill Schwyhart served as the founder and co-owner of Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Arkansas. Outside of his professional responsibilities, he is engaged in the community and has acted as the chairman of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce.

Located in Northwest Arkansas, the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of local businesses. In addition to working to help businesses grow and prosper, the chamber strives to improve the local community through engagement and involvement in a number of local events. The chamber hosts a community calendar available on its website which includes a wide range of regional events such as the International Women’s Day 2017 Community Celebration and the Wall of Distinction Banquet.

Hosted by the Rogers Public Education Foundation, the sixth annual Wall of Distinction Banquet, scheduled for April 20, 2017, honors teachers, administrators, parents, and community members who have contributed to the successes of the Rogers School District. The event will be held in the Pinnacle Ballroom at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Arkansas.

BMW Group’s Impressive 2017 Start

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BMW Group
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Real estate developer Bill Schwyhart enjoyed a successful career as an auto dealer. In 1998, Bill Schwyhart’s Hart Motor Co., was a dealer for both BMW and Volkswagen. Hart BMW/Volkswagen was certified as a “Center for Excellence” by BWM and was one of the top 10 BMW dealerships throughout the country.

Recently, BMW Group reported that it produced the best ever sales growth for the month of January, heralding an outstanding start for 2017. Vehicles delivered rose by 6.8 percent globally, totaling 163,288 vehicles. BMW chalked up a 7.2 percent sales increase, totaling 143,553 vehicles, and MINI showed sales expansion of 3.7 percent, totaling 19,563 vehicles. BWM electric vehicles also doubled in sales for the month. All regions of the world exhibited sales growth.

The BMW Group has been experiencing increased sales for the past six consecutive years. New models, particularly the new generation of BMW 5 Series, are expected to further improve sales performance for 2017. The BMW Group also owns the Rolls Royce brand.

Business Lessons in Lee Iacocca’s Autobiography

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Lee Iacocca
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During his time at Marshfield Chrysler Dodge, Bill Schwyhart was counseled directly by Lee Iacocca. As president and chief executive officer of Hart Motor Company, Schwyhart continued to refer to Iacocca’s highly revered autobiography. In his current role as the founder of Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Arkansas, his enthusiasm for the book remains.

Iacocca: An Autobiography, written by American automotive business executive Lee Iacocca and co-author William Novak, is a chronicle of the successful leader’s time with the Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Corporation. The book was immensely popular upon its release in 1984, finishing both 1984 and 1985 as the best selling non-fiction hardcover book.

The book’s two main sections, entitled The Ford Story and The Chrysler story, serve as business lessons in advancing through the ranks of an organization on the merits of hard work and innovation, and rehabilitating a business on the brink of bankruptcy, respectively. The book also includes insights into Iacocca’s childhood and education at Princeton University as well as his beliefs on subjects such as the importance of seat belt usage and the rising costs of labor.

Three Noteworthy Restaurants at Pinnacle Hills Promenade

 

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Pinnacle Hills Promenade
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Bill Schwyhart is a real estate developer and founder of the Pinnacle Hills Promenade, a 980,000-square-foot retail and office space in Rogers, Arkansas. With an extensive background in the automotive industry as a dealership owner and manager, Bill Schwyhart has broadened his economic portfolio and helped bring thousands of jobs to Rogers through Pinnacle Hills. Here are three restaurants worth visiting in the shopping center.

1. P. F. Changs Restaurant. Located at the front entrance of the Promenade. This Restaurant provides its customers with an array of fresh asian food, and has a full bar with draft beer and your favorite cocktails.

2. Houlihan’s. A casual restaurant with a diverse menu, Houlihan’s serves up everything from pub food to exotic entrees and gluten-free menu items. The eatery also has an extensive drink menu, which even allows guests to contribute to someone’s education. Part of the money from every bottle of Wine purchased helps send women from low-income families to college.

3. Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouse. Truly Texan in its decor and menu, the Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouse is a must-visit for grill lovers. Featured entrees include the Southwest Sampler and a 20 oz. Texas bone-in ribeye.