Fernando H Varela, President of Varela Auto Group and All Star dealerships with four stores located in Palestine, Kilgore and Canton all locations in Texas.
Expanded into other business areas including Real Estate, transportation, oil and gas and restaurants.
Attended Illinois State University
Worked for Ford Motor Company after college
Left Ford to enroll in the Ford Minority training program and graduated in Oct 1991
Purchased thru Ford’s Dealer Development program, his first store in Palestine Texas in October 1994
Rotarian for 21 years
Founding Chairman of the Alliance of Ford Motor Minority Dealers
Served on the Ford National Dealer Council
Past Board member of the Palestine Independent School district
Past VP of Palestine Chamber of Commerce
Past chairman of Ford Motor Minority Dealer Association
Current Chairman of the Dallas Ford Dealer Advertising Fund
2013-Nominee for Time Magazine Dealer of the year
2011-Urban Wheels Dealer of the year
2003- Automitive Dealer Education Award Recipient from Northwood university
2009- “Best of The Best” Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award
Member of Ford Motor Company National Hispanic advisory board
Board Member of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD)
Supporter of the youth in Education, thru advisory positions, mentoring elementary and high school students showing them the value of education in their future.
Past Board member of the Palestine Branch of the American Cancer society
Sponsor and participated in the Relay for life for the American cancer society
Donated a vehicle to the High School students for an art project for which Ford Motor Company made a national commercial, on how businesses supports education.
Donated vehicle to the VFW for transportation of Vets to hospitals and continue to do fundraisers for upkeep and replacement of vehicles
Supporter and involved with the Palestine Junior Service League for community project, like city parks, shelters and food banks
Provide college scholarships throughout the community.
Future Farmers of America mentor and supporter
Married to Alana, BS Nurse and director of surgery center at Dr. Gold eye clinic with three children, Nicholas, who is the Managing partner of All Star Dealerships, Christina Graduated from Texas Tech University and Oxford Brookes University and Avery a freshman at Texas A&M Engineering school.