Mr. Van Tuyl was born and raised in Kansas City and started a career in automotive with his father, Cecil Van Tuyl, at V.T., Inc. He graduated from Kansas University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He studied abroad at the Johannes Gutenberg University and returned to the automotive business in March of 1975. In 1982 Mr. Van Tuyl moved to Phoenix and started Automotive Investment Group, Inc. In 2008, he and his father merged their two companies and created Van Tuyl Group, Inc.
The Van Tuyls created a legacy of Entrepreneurship in the automotive business and also in real estate. They operated and/or invested in many automotive related companies. They built their own dealership facilities and owned the land. They became highly regarded by the automotive manufacturers for speed and quality of dealership builds. They took advantage of opportunities presented to them by various lenders to purchase office buildings, farms and other properties.
In January of 2015, Warren Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, acquired Mr. Van Tuyl’s ownership interest in his dealerships, auto auctions, Smart Group, Zak Products, and MPP and the former Van Tuyl Group, Inc., is now Berkshire Hathaway Automotive.
Currently, Mr. Van Tuyl is CEO of Van Tuyl Companies, Inc. (VTC). He and his team continue to look for opportunities and investments following the Van Tuyl legacy of commitment to people and process that led to history making success in the automotive business.