Retail | Wholesale | Food | Beverage 2023: VINCE SHEEHY IV
PRESIDENT AND CEO, SHEEHY AUTO STORES, FAIRFAX
Sheehy carries on his father’s legacy as an auto dealer, manning the second largest dealership group in Virginia and No. 31 in the nation. His father, Vincent Sheehy III, founded Sheehy Ford in Maryland in 1965 as a suburban business near the newly built Capital Beltway.
After graduating from Dickinson College, receiving an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and working in marketing and sales for Prudential and General Mills, the younger Sheehy joined the family business in the late 1980s. He became president in 1998 and now oversees 30 dealerships. Sheehy Auto Stores is the largest retailer of Fords and Nissans in the mid-Atlantic region. In March, Sheehy sold Patriot Harley-Davidson in Fairfax to Paul Veracka, owner of the largest Harley dealership group on the East Coast, for an undisclosed amount.
Sheehy is a trustee for Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and in 2021 he and his brother, Paul, gave $100,000 to the University of Virginia School of Law’s Innocence Project after hearing an exonerated client speak about his ordeal.