“I don’t sell cars; I help people buy one.” That’s how John, affectionately known around here as “Johnny O”, describes his work at Butler Acura. The Oakland, California native entered the auto industry right out of high school. “I’ve got a PhD in talking to people”, he says. He’s done everything from sales, to training other salespeople, to owning his own auto brokerage, among other businesses. His passion is meeting customers’ needs, matching them to a vehicle, and teaching them all about it.
Speaking of perfect matches, that’s how he describes his wife, Julie, whom he met at a holiday party in San Francisco years ago. Johnny O. says she was his best Christmas present ever. He also brags about his four kids and four grandkids. When he’s not working, John likes to play pool (he says he’s a “quiet shark”) and chess, bowl in a league, and get creative. He can work magic with a pencil, opting in favor of landscapes and seascapes, and thrives at woodworking (he recently built a gazebo!). And when the weather gets warm look for John on local waterways, fishing, skiing, or doing anything that involves a boat.