World Class Automotive Group President, Shelby Reed, Named Automotive News’ 40 Under 40

World Class Automotive Group and Reed Family Enterprises are pleased to announce that Shelby Reed, President, has been named one of Automotive News’ 40 Under 40 for 2021.

For the 10th year, Automotive News, one of the largest publications in the industry, selected its new class of 40 Under 40 in auto retailing. This honor recognizes the best and brightest in the automotive industry. “These are the stars of tomorrow presented to you today,” said Jason Stein, Publisher of Automotive News. “They are the achievers, the difference makers and the ones to watch in the future as our retail industry evolves.”

The nominees came from a vast array of disciplines from all over the nation, including leaders, managers, administrators, etc. “I am truly humbled to be recognized among my peers as one of the top 40, and delighted to learn that I was nominated by several of my esteemed colleagues,” said Ms. Reed, who has literally grown up in the automotive industry learning from the ground up. The Reed family founded the World Class Automotive Group, one of the largest independently owned auto groups based out of Texas.



Since 2014, she has served in various roles throughout Reed Family Enterprises’ operations beginning with the sales and acquisition division of Starbase Aviation. In 2019, Ms. Reed was promoted to President. Under her leadership, the group has successfully navigated the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

“The coronavirus pandemic was a challenging way to start my position as president of the company.” Ms. Reed shared. “Here I was in a new position having to confront a very unique, unprecedented challenge, unlike anything even seasoned business leaders have ever faced, forcing a complete and total abrupt change of how employees work, customers behave and how levels of production function.”

Not only did World Class Automotive Group continue to thrive and succeed, Ms. Reed was instrumental in creating the COVID Communication Connection for the organization and overseeing the protocol set for the company based on business and customer needs, as well as county, state, and CDC guidelines.

In addition, Ms. Reed led the successful launch of the new six-story luxury Planet Lincoln Dallas Love Field dealership, a new commercial service center, and renaming of two dealerships aligning all of the Randall Reed locations under the Planet-branded name.

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