About MERCEDES-BENZ OF HENDERSON
Fletcher “Ted” Jones presides over one of the most successful luxury automobile dealer groups in the United States. Ted has been credited with pioneering a revolutionary approach in which “guests” — not “customers” — are treated with the same level of service you would expect from a five-star hotel. The son of an industry legend, Fletcher Jones Sr., Ted meticulously manages an automotive retail empire that spans four states and seventeen dealerships, with the flagship operation known simply as
Fletcher Jones Motorcars, Newport Beach.
While he has set new standards for excellence in the industry, his winning formula can be traced back to a family legacy that dates back more than 50 years to the post-World War II landscape of Southern California. It all started in 1946, when Fletcher Jones Senior met a man on a golf course who would forever change his destiny. Impressed by how successful the man had become by selling cars, the USC student decided to switch gears from being a law student to becoming an entrepreneur in the burgeoning automotive retail industry. After scraping together $1,200 — a veritable fortune in those days — Jones Sr. opened a modest used car lot in downtown Los Angeles and sold his first vehicle for $70. He went on to open his first new car dealership and earned his first taste of success by selling Chrysler and Plymouth vehicles.
To spread the word quickly, Jones Senior tried using TV and newspaper advertising, featuring himself as the spokesperson, extolling the benefits of buying a car from his dealerships. The personal approach turned out to be incredibly successful and created a formula that is still effective even today.
Over the next 15 years, Jones Sr. expanded his operations to include Chevrolet and GM-brand cars and opened an array of new dealerships located throughout Southern California, Phoenix and Las Vegas. By opening in markets that were experiencing unprecedented growth, he quickly earned a reputation as a “rising star” in the auto retail industry.
It was in the mid-1960s Jones Sr. gave his son, Fletcher, (who went by the name Ted) to distinguish himself from his father, his first job in the business. Jones worked in a wide array of entry-level positions, ranging from sweeping the facility’s floors and working in the parts departments before advancing into sales and management positions. With his father’s guidance, Jones, opened his own dealership in the city of Whittier, where he sold Mazda vehicles. Within a few years, the decision to sell the fuel-efficient cars would prove fortuitous, as the oil-crisis loomed and Americans began exploring their options for more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Not one to put too much emphasis on one brand, Ted began opening additional dealerships that offered both domestic and import brands, and soon operated a stable of eight locations from Southern California to Las Vegas. He ran them jointly with his father until 1994, when at the age of 76, Fletcher Jones Senior passed away.
By the early 1990s, Ted Jones had a clear vision of the expansion direction he wanted his business venture to take, and in 1991, he purchased a bankrupt luxury auto dealership in the affluent community of Newport Beach setting his plan in motion to create one of the Nation’s largest Mercedes-Benz center. After completing construction, and fine-tuning the operation to run like a Swiss watch, he has applied the same business principles to the additional dealerships that make up the Fletcher Jones Fine Family of Dealerships, today.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
As part of Red Cross Month, Mercedes-Benz of Henderson will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, March 10th! All donors will receive 1 free entry to the Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis Show at the V Theater
The Nevada SPCA, a nonprofit organization, operates a no-kill animal sanctuary, promotes humane education, makes referrals for lower-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services, and challenges people to be the best possible guardians for the companion animals in their care.
THE SHADE TREE
The Shade Tree is an organization whose mission is to provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance.
Bacon Ball is a series of Nationwide Law Enforcement only slow-pitch softball tournaments. Bacon Ball started out in Iowa in 1994 and has branched out to several locations nationwide over the years.
WALK FOR WISHES
From families, volunteers, donors and friends, Walk for Wishes, presented by Caesars Foundation, is a Nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that helps bring life-changing impacts to children battling life-threatening medical conditions in Southern Nevada.
Clark County Medical Society Alliance
The CCMSA Annual Spring Fashion Show is one of the preeminent philanthropic events in Las Vegas. Each year, the proceeds from this event benefit a charity or entity of choice within our community that fits our mission. Proceeds from this year’s CCMSA Spring Fashion show will be for the benefit of providing veteran health services and to further the mission of the Clark County Medical Society Alliance