I grew up North of Chicago in Zion, IL until I moved to Macomb, IL to attend Western Illinois University. I started detailing cars the summer before I went to college and enjoyed it so much that I started my own detailing business located on a PreOwned dealership's property in Macomb during the fall of 1992. Fortunately for me I was introduced to my future wife Valerie by her mother Carol Tufts who was the top salesperson at the dealership. We were married in August of 1994.

July of 1998 we decided to move to Hilton Head, SC to be closer to Valerie's family that had moved to Atlanta, GA. I then started selling vehicles at Heritage Motor Car Company which included GM products and BMW. I became a Sales Manager in the summer of 2000 and was promoted to BMW Sales Manager in the 2002. In the Fall of 2004 I was given the opportunity to become the General Manager for the new Luxury Dealerships at an Auto Mall in the Hilton Head market. When the owners of the Hilton Head BMW store decided to build a dealership for just the BMW brand they had me in mind for the General Manager position so I returned to BMW in February 2009. Our team had earned the prestigious BMW Center of Excellence award in 2010 for the first time in 25 years and finished 4th in the country in overall rankings in 2011. Due to the success of the dealership the owners decided to sell to a public auto group in January of 2012 and I continued to operate the dealership under their ownership.

I have admired the Hendrick Auto Group's success and had built a great relationship with many of the team members since 2002. John Desmond, Market Area Vice President, offered me an opportunity to join the Hendrick Team in January of 2013 as the Retail Operations Manager for Hendrick BMW/MINI. After showing great results at Hendrick BMW, I was promoted to the role of General Manager at Hendrick BMW Northlake in August 2013.  April of 2015 brought an opportunity to take on the role of General Manager at Rick Hendrick Imports including Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston, Volvo of Charleston and MINI of Charleston.  My wife are excited to be back in the Lowcountry of Charleston, SC, and I look forward to assisting the Rick Hendrick Team with continuing the superior level of customer service and sales.
Tom Ditzig
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