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November 29, 2018

Lee Auto Malls adds an equity partner from within

Courtesy / Lee Auto Malls
Courtesy / Lee Auto Malls
William (Bill) Menke has become an equity partner in Lee Auto Malls, the company announced this week. Menke has worked for Lee for 25 years and has most recently served as general manager for all of Lee's Auburn operations.

About Lee Auto Malls

Lee Auto Malls is Maine's largest auto dealer group and employs over 450 employees at 19 locations throughout Maine. Lee is a privately held family business that was founded in 1936. The company operates seven new vehicle dealerships that sell the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and GMC brands. Lee also owns and operates 11 used-vehicle stores, two finance companies, two collision centers, retail and wholesale parts and body shop supply businesses and offers convenient service to all makes and models at franchise dealerships in Auburn, Westbrook and Topsham.

John Isaacson, CEO of Lee Auto Malls, announced Wednesday that William (Bill) Menke has become an equity partner in Maine's largest-volume auto dealer group.

In addition to Isaacson, Menke joins Adam Lee, chairman; Don Lee, president; and Jim Mandel, president Maine auto credit, as an owner of the business.

"Bill has worked for Lee for nearly 25 years and we are very pleased to welcome him as a partner in our business," Isaacson said in a news release.

Menke has most recently served as general manager for all of Lee's Auburn operations, duties he will continue to handle, in addition to his new role in helping to oversee the larger Lee Auto Malls entity and its 19 locations throughout Maine.

"Bill has an excellent understanding of all aspects of the business and is very well respected at all levels of the organization," Isaacson said. "He has forged strong relationships with our manufacturers, other dealerships here in Maine, and with our many vendors, making him a terrific addition to our ownership group."

Menke, 46, grew up in Illinois and moved to Maine shortly after finishing high school. He has held a variety of positions in sales, finance and management since joining Lee Auto Malls in 1993. Menke, his wife Sarah and two daughters reside in Auburn.

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