Once again, the "2000 Sales Race" event at our Hyundai
dealership helped us raise funds for our local communities and charities. The
most recent fundraiser allowed us to donate $100,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank,
which will go toward helping provide meals to South Carolina families in need. We'd like to thank every customer and employee
involved in making this partnership so successful each year!
Jim Hudson Awarded
the Order of the PalmettoJim Hudson, founder
and principal of Jim Hudson Automotive Group, has been presented with the Order
of the Palmetto by Gov. Nikki R. Haley.
"On behalf of the people of South Carolina, I am
pleased to award Jim Hudson the Order of the Palmetto - our state's highest
civilian honor. This award is in recognition of his extraordinary work and
dedication to the citizens of our state," said Gov. Haley.
The Order of the Palmetto, first awarded in 1971, is
considered to be the highest civilian honor and recognizes a person's lifetime
achievements and contributions to the State of South Carolina. Past recipients
have included singer James Brown, author Pat Conroy, tap dancer Clayton
"Peg Leg" Bates, Civil Rights activist Septima Clark, state
governors, and many others.
Jim's commitment to his community has been demonstrated through amazing acts of
kindness, such as providing numerous cars and trucks to countless families in
Jim Hudson BioA native of Turkey, N.C., Jim moved to Columbia in 1961,
where he successfully built a portfolio of automotive dealerships known today
as Jim Hudson Automotive Group. His dedication to customer satisfaction is
indisputable. For ten consecutive years, his Columbia Lexus dealership has
ranked number one or two in the nation for customer satisfaction. Hudson's
consistently high customer service rating was a major factor in Toyota's
selection process when it came time to award another car dealership in
Jim's car dealerships around Columbia have received many of
the industry's highest awards, including the Lexus Elite (for the past ten years), the President's Award for Toyota,
and Cadillac Buick GMC Award for Excellence. Automotive News recognized Jim Hudson Automotive Group as one of
the 125 top dealership groups in the United States. He has been awarded the
Best New Car Dealer in South Carolina by The State newspaper for the past ten years. Jim has also been featured in Time Magazine three different times; his
most recent claim to fame came in the September 2008 issue, where he was voted the Time Magazine Quality Dealer of
the Year. He has even been awarded Motor Trend Quality Dealer of the Year and is listed in the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Jim has been active in industry organizations and has been
an automobile dealer spokesman for political issues in South Carolina and Washington, D.C. In 2008, he was the
Chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association and
lobbied in Washington for import dealers throughout the United States. Jim
continues to be involved in lobbying on behalf
of small businesses not only in South Carolina
Jim also has served on several dealer council boards for his
franchises, advertising boards, SCADA
(past president) and other state associations. He has received the Rotary
Foundation President's Award and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He has served as a
member of the Chamber of Commerce board, Cultural Council board and Rotary
Club. He has also served as a sponsor for such charities as Sunshine for
Children, the Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation, Salvation Army and
Woodyard Fund, Oliver Gospel Mission, Meals on Wheels, Harvest Hope and the Boy
Scouts of America Indian Waters Council.
Jim Hudson has also worked with South Carolina's community
colleges to enhance automotive training and funding scholarships for high
As a devoted Christian businessman, Jim is keenly aware of
life's trials and tribulations. That's why Hudson Automotive Group and Jim
Hudson Hyundai has partnered with Corporate Chaplains of America to administer
to the needs and fellowship on a voluntary basis to more than 500 employees at
all his stores. All employees have access to a minister at a moment's notice, a service that will always remain personal
Among the most important things in Jim's life is his family.
He and Sybil, his wife of 49 years, have two sons, Ken and Keith, and six
Experience It Once,
And You'll Never Forget It!That's our Hyundai dealer's motto, and we guarantee that our
customers will understand why we so adamantly live by it.
If you're looking for a car dealership in Columbia you can
trust, there's just one name to remember: Jim Hudson Hyundai. Contact us at (803)
339-1629 or visit our us at 310 Greystone Blvd. to discover the missing piece to your car-buying puzzle. We serve the
entire Columbia, SC, region, including the areas of Lexington, Rock Hill, and
even Augusta, GA.