Brad Sowers, past parent, was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal on 09.06.19: "Cars just aren’t what they used to be. For consumers, that’s a good thing. For auto retailers, that’s a considerable challenge. St. Louis-based Jim Butler Auto Group, with eight locations in Missouri and 2018 revenue of $358.2 million, boosted its sales volume by more than 15% last year, jumping three spots on The List of largest local auto dealers to No. 7. Brad Sowers, the company’s president, said one key has come from expanding the firm’s reach into 32 states by growing its presence online. Such a move becomes necessary now that the typical sales cycle, in which customers replace their vehicle every five-or-so years, has almost doubled as the durability and quality of new vehicles has improved. We spoke with Sowers about trends in the industry, including his company’s embrace of the all-online sales experience." Read the whole story here (requires subscription access).