CEO of the Year Finalists | 200-1000 Employees
MBQ CEO of the Year 2013
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Name: Richard “Dick” Sweebe
Company: Diamond Companies
Address: 1940 E. Brooks Road, Memphis, TN 38116
Services provided: Full-service commercial truck dealer, selling new International, Isuzu, and Crane Carrier trucks and all makes of used trucks; provides parts, service, and body-shop services. Operates more than 700 full-service lease and rental trucks through its affiliation with Idealease.
Number of employees: 725
How Long with the Company: Since the beginning.
Education: B.A., Business, Adrian College in Michigan
Accomplishements: Diamond Companies is the holding company for Diamond International, Diamond Idealease, and Diamond State Bus Company and has 16 locations across four states. Diamond is one of the largest International parts dealers in the U.S., with more than $8 million in inventory, and the company dominates the armored car business.
Notable Clients: FedEx, Tyson Foods, Brinks Security, Intermodal Cartage, International Paper, and City of Memphis
Professional awards: Named American Truck Dealer of the Year in 2009; received International Trucks’ highest award more than 20 times and Isuzu’s top award 10 times.
Family/personal information: Married to Bobbi Jo for 40 years. Children: Andrew, 30, and Mary, 27, and two grandchildren.
What makes a good CEO: “Surrounding yourself with good people, listening to those people, and then making decisions based on common sense and good business principles.”