Triple Play

Tommy Baker is owner and president of Baker Motor Company in Charleston.

It comes as no surprise that Baker Motor Company of Charleston secured a “three-peat” as one of the best automotive companies to work for in the United States and Canada.

This year proved to be even more victorious for the dealership, as the competition was heightened with more companies participating than ever before.

After receiving the survey results from approximately 150 Baker employees, Automotive News narrowed thousands of automotive candidates down to the top 100 in North America.

This prestigious list names Baker Motor Company one of “Automotive News 100 Best Dealerships to Work For” in 2015, for a third consecutive trophy win.

“I’m humbled and flattered that our employees have ranked us in the top 100 dealerships for the third straight year,” said Tommy B. Baker, owner and president of Baker Motor Company Inc. in Charleston and Mount Pleasant and of Baker Buick GMC Cadillac in Charleston.

“It pleases me when they give us a resounding report,” he said. “We are continually focused on each employee’s success and professional growth. We’ve created an environment that facilitates wellness, education, career advancement, community involvement and camaraderie for all team members,” the veteran automotive executive said.

Baker Motor Company is the only dealership in Charleston to receive the award for three consecutive years, taking home the title in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and the only dealer in South Carolina to be so honored in 2013 and 2014.

The award winners were announced July 20, when Automotive News released an alphabetical list naming all 100 dealerships. A second list identifying the dealership rankings will come out October 14.

Baker Motor Company of Charleston placed No. 4 last year and was first in the “large dealership” category. The Charleston dealership ranked No. 23 in 2013.

Automotive News developed the list to recognize dealerships in the United States and Canada “that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for their employees.”

In a letter to Baker Motor Company, the trade publication noted, “This was a tremendously competitive year with a record number of participants, so being named to the list is an important distinction.”

The judging process started earlier this year, when Baker Motor Company employees completed a detailed “Employee Engagement and Satisfaction” survey. The report highlighted eight “core focus areas.” The sectors were corporate culture and communications, development and resources, leadership and planning, overall engagement, pay and benefits, relationship with supervisor, role satisfaction, training and work environment.

Based on the survey results, Baker Motor Company was identified as one of the top 100 performing dealers.

Baker Motor Company generated an extensive resume created over the past decades to become among the leading dealerships to work for in the U.S. and Canada.

• Tommy Baker founded Baker Motor Company in 1988, and the company has grown into the largest privately held automobile dealer group headquartered in South Carolina.

• The company on Savannah Highway west of the Ashley runs manufacturer-authorized, new car dealerships representing a dozen brands: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter, Smart Car, Infiniti, Maserati, Porsche, Land Rover, Jaguar, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. A second Mercedes-Benz dealership is currently under construction in Mount Pleasant.

• Baker Motor Company also operates a high-line pre-owned center, wholesale pre-owned operation, reconditioning center and a full service USAA and State Farm Insurance-approved collision repair center.

The company made the list of Automotive News’ Best Dealerships to Work For in 2013-15 and received the prestigious “Best of the Best” award from Mercedes-Benz eight times, in 2003-2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

To view the 100 Best Dealerships to Work For 2015 list and check out the criteria, visit For more on Baker and Baker Motor Company, visit or call 843-852-4000.

Jim Parker contributed to this article.