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.
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.
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.