What It Means to Choose Ryan Honda of Williston
Welcome to Ryan Honda of Williston! We’re thrilled to show you a new approach to buying and owning a Honda that makes every journey ahead rewarding and exciting. But what sets us apart from other dealerships? Answering that begins with the Ryan Family legacy, a tradition that started in the 1940s.
How It Started
James Ryan began his career in the automotive business in 1945, getting his start with the Chrysler Motor Division. However, he knew he had more to offer outside the company and set out to bring his vision to life. He wanted to help customers achieve their automotive dreams and accomplished as much when he joined the legendary Leonard Rydell of Rydell Chevrolet in North Dakota. Mr. Ryan spent the next decade learning every aspect of the dealership, flourishing as a General Sales Manager and General Manager before purchasing a dealership of his own in 1973.
Jim Ryan Chevrolet officially opened its doors in 1973, marking the beginning of the Ryan Family legacy that we’re part of today. With his name on the marquee, Mr. Ryan built his dealership around his customers and quickly earned nationwide recognition for his unique approach. He was named a regional finalist for the National Dealer of the Year Award by Time Magazine in 1986, a prestigious honor that showcased Mr. Ryan’s genuine commitment to his customers and his efforts to build his business on the principles of integrity, honesty, and respect. More importantly, it reflected Mr. Ryan’s incredible feat of promising and delivering unparalleled customer service.
How It’s Going
After 27 years of serving customers, Mr. Ryan retired and left the company in the hands of his daughter, Kathleen. As a child, Kathleen intently watched her father and, just as he had done with Leonard Rydell, learned every aspect of the dealership and its operations. When she took the helm, Kathleen immediately set out to expand her father’s legacy, forming Ryan Family Dealerships and adding venues like Ryan Honda of Williston.
Today, Kathleen ensures that every Ryan Family dealer remains committed to Mr. Ryan’s core principles of honesty, transparency, integrity, and respect. Kathleen’s exceptional leadership and her promise to make every customer a priority earned her national recognition in 2010 when she was named a national finalist for Time Magazine’s National Dealer of the Year Award. It’s safe to say Kathleen is continuing her father’s legacy in every way.
You’ll experience this legacy firsthand when you shop with Ryan Honda of Williston. We remain true to Mr. Ryan’s customer-first approach and relish the opportunity to deliver a unique customer experience. Our customers deserve a fantastic experience, and that’s what we deliver throughout every step of the process. It’s how Mr. Ryan built his legacy, and it’s our privilege to continue that legacy today.
“What’s our impact on our customers and in our community?” This question remained a priority for Mr. Ryan, and it continues to define every Ryan Family Dealership today. Mr. Ryan believed in making a positive impact on every customer and extending that impact to his community to build a better and brighter future for everyone around him.
Ryan Honda of Williston is proud to continue that legacy and play an integral part in the Ryan Family Dealerships’ ongoing community outreach initiatives. It’s our way of giving back to our customers and the communities we serve. Many members of our team are involved in local organizations like Meals on Wheels, where they deliver food to those in need. As a dealership, we’re also proud to support local businesses and organizations like the Salvation Army’s annual food drive, Festival of Trees, the Williston Basin Speedway, and the Cheer for Children toy drive.
Our impact on our customers and community plays a prominent role in who we are and how we do business. We’re not simply here to sell cars, trucks, and SUVs; we’re here to make our community a better place. It’s this commitment to serving others that allows us to proudly continue the tradition of Mr. Ryan, a man revered for welcoming every customer into his family with open arms and a bright smile.