Mr. Ackerman is a third generation automotive dealer. Gaudin Ford was started by his maternal grandfather in 1923. Mr. Ackerman began working as a lot porter at age sixteen. The businesses now have 400 employees and gross sales in excess of $250 million dollars.
He was a founding partner of the Valley Automall; Opened Ford Country in January, 1996; purchased Gaudin Ford from Don Ackerman in April, 1996; and opened Gaudin Jaguar Porsche in April 2000.
Mr. Ackerman is also involved in many professional and community organizations that include: president of the Nevada Franchise Automobile Dealers Association; past president of the Las Vegas New Car Dealers Association; member of the Rotary International (Paul Harris fellowship); past member on the board of directors for the Better Business Bureau; past chairman on the executive council, Dealer Analysis Bureau Group #1; past member of Ford President’s Circle; past member of the Porsche Board of Regents; member of the UNLV Cars Program; and has been associated with the Ford Advanced Product Committee and Jaguar Business Operations Council. Additionally, Mr. Ackerman has been involved with: the Keep Memory Alive Foundation, Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders; Nevada Cancer Institute; is an honorary commander for the Nellis Support Team; and is a member of Council For A Better Nevada.
In 1990, and again in 2009, he was awarded the Time Magazine “Quality Dealer Award for Nevada;” and as a past president of the Advisory Council for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, had received “Humanitarian of the Year,” in 1986.
Mr. Ackerman attended Valley High School in Las Vegas, Class of 1970, and later achieved his B.S. Degree of Philosophy from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, class of 1974, graduating with the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
Born on April 5, 1952, in Salinas, California, Mr. Ackerman is married to wife, Debra Ann Ackerman, and they have three children: Andrew, 28, Tara, 24 and Evan, 20.